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Kudos to New York City

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Almost every large city in the USA that is controlled by the Democrat party is a disaster area in terms of economics, crime and just about every other factor you can think of.

So it’s nice to see one part of one of these cities that actually works.

The NYPD’s Counter Terrorism Unit.

It may come as a surprise to people that such a thing would exist down at a city level (or municipal level as the American’s would have it), but when you consider that some 50,000 people work for the NYPD you’re talking about a place as large as some small European nations, and certainly much larger than NZ.

The article is a fascinating look into the history of the unit, which of course was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Why the city did not want to just rely on the Federal agencies like the FBI is a story in itself and the one problem I have with this article is that it does not explain.

But another article from January 2003 in the magazine New York, does, with the direct question, why not just rely on the Feds?:

When I ask Kelly this question, he looks at me long and hard. He is a man who knows his way around Washington. In addition to his time in the mid-nineties as undersecretary of the Treasury, he was head of the Customs Service. He also worked for Interpol and was a special State Department envoy in Haiti where he was sent to establish and train a police force.

“I knew we couldn’t rely on the federal government,” Kelly says finally. “I know it from my own experience. We’re doing all the things we’re doing because the federal government isn’t doing them. It’s not enough to say it’s their job if the job isn’t being done. Since 9/11, the federal government hasn’t taken any additional resources and put them here.”

Given the supposed focus on terrorism by the Federal government after 9/11 you would have thought it was a given that they’d be throwing resources into a city that had, as Kelly says, been attacked four times, twice successfully, and remains the most symbolic, substantive target for the terrorists.

That article was written when the unit was in its infancy. The first article, from the superb City Journal magazine, catches the status quo, and it’s impressive:

The New York Police Department has foiled some 51 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11, at least 16 of them serious—more than those aimed at all other American cities combined. “Looking back, it really worked,” said former police commissioner Ray Kelly, credited with having spearheaded what is widely regarded as the gold standard of urban counterterrorism programs.

To be fair to the Federal government the unit was not entirely home grown:

Much to the chagrin of some of the NYPD’s rank and file, Kelly’s top two counterterrorism deputies came from Washington. To lead the NYPD’s expanded Intelligence Division, he chose David Cohen, a former deputy director of the CIA’s operations wing who had helped create the agency’s Alec Station in 1996, which focused on Osama bin Laden before most Americans knew his name. Kelly also recruited Michael Sheehan, former State Department head of counterterrorism, to run the department’s new Counterterrorism Bureau.

They put a 1000 people into the unit, conducted a massive effort to computerise the rest of the NYPD, set up sections that gathered intelligence on every part of the city’s communities, conducted active work with businesses in the city, and even stationed agents in places as far afield as London (working with New Scotland Yard), Lyons at Interpol HQ, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. There are also two cops on assignment at FBI headquarters in Washington, and New York detectives have traveled abroad to conduct interrogations in Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East.

Cohen had quickly hired two dozen civilian intelligence analysts, most with master’s degrees and Ph.D.s from top universities. There were so many pedigreed analysts that Kelly began calling the division a “Council on Foreign Relations with guns.” Its mission, however, proved deadly serious, as it played a role in detecting and foiling plot after plot.

All this from a city police department. Not surprisingly there has been some friction with the FBI at times, but it seems to be working.

One thing that struck me was how many combat-experienced military people led this effort and the tough professionalism of them and the senior cops. It feels like quite a contrast to the group currently in the Pentagon and a number of very poor Police Commissioners around the US at the moment.

Read both articles.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2021 at 11:46 am

The Falling Man

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I guess many of us have been wondering what the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks would be like? How it would be remembered? What feelings might exist?

Also the thought of looking back and comparing what the future looked like from that point forward to what has actually transpired, as well as looking forward from today in terms of the future of terrorism and how Western societies, especially America, might deal with that going forward.

But those are for other posts.

One of the things I never imagined for the 20th anniversary was that the circle would be so perfectly completed by two images taken twenty years apart.

The current US government has given us that perfect circle. We are almost right back where we started.

There are so many stories associated with this day. But for me there are two. First is the one published in Esquire in 2003, The Falling Man. It concerns the efforts made to identify the man in that photo on the left, and it contains some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read on that terrible subject.

In the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it. If he were not falling, he might very well be flying.

Some people who look at the picture see stoicism, willpower, a portrait of resignation; others see something else—something discordant and therefore terrible: freedom. There is something almost rebellious in the man’s posture, as though once faced with the inevitability of death, he decided to get on with it; as though he were a missile, a spear, bent on attaining his own end. He is, fifteen seconds past 9:41 a.m. EST, the moment the picture is taken, in the clutches of pure physics, 

The next morning, that photo appeared on page seven of The New York Times, but it also appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the USA and the world. Of course it did; it was too perfect a photo not to. But then it vanished, and the essay tries to explain why. The chapters of the essay are split by the other photos of the same man and they tell a different truth:

Photographs lie. Even great photographs. Especially great photographs. The Falling Man in Richard Drew’s picture fell in the manner suggested by the photograph for only a fraction of a second, and then kept falling. The photograph functioned as a study of doomed verticality, a fantasia of straight lines, with a human being slivered at the center, like a spike. In truth, however, the Falling Man fell with neither the precision of an arrow nor the grace of an Olympic diver. He fell like everyone else, like all the other jumpers—trying to hold on to the life he was leaving, which is to say that he fell desperately, inelegantly.

One reporter approached, carefully, a number of families that the man might have belonged too. From his clothes it is certain that he worked in the Windows of The World restaurant. One family split on the agreement, some thinking it was him, Norberto Hernandez, who had jumped out of a window. But his wife – they had been together since she was 15 – denied it was him.

The Norberto Hernandez Eulogia knew would not have been deterred by smoke or by fire in his effort to come home to her. The Norberto Hernandez she knew would have endured any pain before he jumped out of a window. When the Norberto Hernandez she knew died, his eyes were fixed on what he saw in his heart—the faces of his wife and his daughters—and not on the terrible beauty of an empty sky.

Will any article ever appear in Esquire that attempts to track down the men who fell from that plane in Kabul? I doubt it. We humans can only extend our compassion so far beyond our closest loves; the tribe, perhaps even a nation.

To that end I may as well tell my story of that day. Two weeks earlier I had put my wife and little boy on to a plane bound for Europe, where they would travel to Poland with her sister and father to see other relatives. As is often the case with parents I felt a bit down after seeing them off and this was observed by a close friend that I had a beer with afterwards before heading home to relieve the baby sitter taking care of our baby daughter.

He pressed me on the fact that I seemed more down than could be explained by such a parting and it was then that I told him that I was depressed because I thought that a terrorist attack might occur in Europe while they were there. I told him that Al-Qaeda seemed to hit about every 12 to 18 months, and that since almost a year had passed since the USS Cole bombing we were probably due for another one. He laughed it off and eventually so did I. In hindsight it was stupid thinking, since they had made it quite clear that America was always their target.

On the Wednesday morning (NZ time) I only slowly woke up after the radio alarm went off at 6am. As usual I’d been up in the night taking care of my baby and now, having climbed out of the crib in the dark, she was asleep on our bed beside me. In those days I still listened to Morning Report but I was so groggy that I missed the opening news. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I heard them talking about how Wall Street had been closed and that buildings had been heavily damaged.

What the hell? I got up, turned on the TV, and stared, like everybody else, mesmerised by the images. Like more than a few people my initial thoughts were that this was just like a movie, Independence Day or Deep Impact perhaps.

The jumpers are what changed that. The networks would soon pull the coverage, but on morning TV here they were still showing them. Esquire again:

And it was, at last, the sight of the jumpers that provided the corrective to those who insisted on saying that what they were witnessing was “like a movie,” for this was an ending as unimaginable as it was unbearable: Americans responding to the worst terrorist attack in the history of the world with acts of heroism, with acts of sacrifice, with acts of generosity, with acts of martyrdom, and, by terrible necessity, with one prolonged act of—if these words can be applied to mass murder—mass suicide.

But what I also felt was a feeling of terrible, guilty relief. The attack had not been in Europe but in the US. My wife and child might find the voyage home tough, but they would get home. It would probably be safer than ever.

In the meantime I had to reach them. I had phone numbers in Poland but my language would not be up to par. In desperation I decided to call a friend of ours in Chicago, Kinga, born and raised in Poland before she had come to the USA as a baby. She could call the numbers and find out what was happening. It was then, for the first and only time in my life of calling the USA that I encountered the following voice message:

We’re sorry. Your call cannot be completed at this time.
All circuits are busy now. Please wait and try again.

After many attempts I got through. She was okay, having evacuated downtown Chicago along with a million other people (everybody felt the John Hancock Centre and Sears Tower would be targets) and her husband, a friend of mine, was also safe, although he was trapped in Boston, from which he was supposed to have flown out that morning, an hour or more after one of the hijacked flights left that airport. It would take him a week to get home. I gave her the Polish phone numbers and a couple where I could be reached.

I had to head to the Waikato with my daughter on a pre-arranged trip that I saw no reason to cancel, so it was not until late that evening that Kinga called me back to tell me that everybody was okay. In fact they’d been on a train and did not even find out about the attacks until they got off at their destination. My wife and son arrived home a week later.

The second story is about one of two cops, Will Jimeno, who were dug out of the rubble of the WTC collapse. The story was made into a movie, World Trade Centre, by Oliver Stone who – amazingly considering his history – played it straight and not as a conspiracy theory. I was impressed at how accurately the movie stuck to the facts and the moments. It is a superb movie.

The oddest thing about being trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center was that Will Jimeno didn’t break any bones. The Port Authority police officer had 220 stories of the World Trade Center fall on top of him — all of both towers, first the south, then the north — a violence of unimaginable scale, velocity and intensity, one that killed three of the other officers he’d been standing with moments earlier, and entombing him and his surviving sergeant amid concrete and rock for hours on Sept. 11, 2001.

But what’s different about this article is that it deals with an aftermath the movie understandably left alone, the mental shock of the day that grew even as he physically healed. What is called PTSD:

When he returned home, he went into his older daughter’s room. “Bianca,” he asked, “does daddy yell a lot?”

“Yeah, Daddy, you scare me sometimes,” she replied, truthfully.

Jimeno was devastated. As he describes the moment in his book, “That’s when I realized if I’m not a good husband, a good dad, a good example, then the terrorists win.”

The story of his recovery from PTSD is as great as the first half of the article.

When I look at the reactions of the USA in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, with things like the Patriot Act, the ongoing TSA security theatre that was imposed at airports, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent, shameful bungling of the final withdrawal from Afghanistan, I can’t help thinking that perhaps that great nation is suffering from a form of PTSD, and that unlike Mr Jimeno, they have not yet learned how to handle it.

To that end though, ultimately the fate of all this lies in the hands of the people, and to me, aside from the heroism at the WTC and the Pentagon, the bright shining light of that day was the actions of the people on board the fourth hijacked plane, United 93. Unlike the other hero’s of that day they were not trained for such a thing:

Think of it this way. In less than 30 minutes, regular people who have been informed of horrific news on a plane are told that their plane is going to most likely suffer a similar fate. In less than a half-hour, they devise a plan to not wait for someone to save them, but to act to make sure they are not part of mass murder. Even if that means they will die anyway, they are not going to sit by and let evil win easily.

They fought back, and they saved lives — knowing that their lives would probably end as a result.

By attempting to take back control of the plane – after a vote it should be noted, democratic to the death – they prevented the Islamic Jihadist hijackers from completing their terrible mission.

Americans are better people than their leaders. I’ll take that into the future.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 12, 2021 at 6:10 pm

I’m thinking that they’re related

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The terrorist attack in Auckland yesterday and the recent defeat of the USA in Afghanistan, that is.

The latter is a defeat by the way. Not in the sense of overwhelming defeat but a defeat non the less. Symbolic perhaps, but symbolism matters.

As such I wonder if our local “Mr S” was triggered by all this recent Islamic Jihadist triumphalism that’s been thundering across the Social Media accounts of the Taliban and their many associates around the world? Perhaps he thought it was time to finally act on his fantasies?

To that end, I thought that this passage from a letter written twenty years ago should be brought to people’s attention. The full text of the letter can be found in many places but this is from The Guardian:

If the Americans refuse to listen to our advice and the goodness, guidance and righteousness that we call them to, then be aware that you will lose this Crusade Bush began, just like the other previous Crusades in which you were humiliated by the hands of the Mujahideen, fleeing to your home in great silence and disgrace. If the Americans do not respond, then their fate will be that of the Soviets who fled from Afghanistan to deal with their military defeat, political breakup, ideological downfall, and economic bankruptcy.

Osama Bin Laden, November, 2002

Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Suicide bombers mean Afghanistan can get worse (updated)

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You can forget all the images and cartoons of the last decade that compared America’s withdrawal from Kabul with that of Saigon, all those choppers lifting away into the air.

This catastrophe now has it’s own images. Images we have become used to in the last twenty years. Images of the early 21st century. Images and horrors entirely unique to our age.

Deadliest Day for Troops in Afghanistan Since 2011

At least 12 Marines participating in the Afghanistan evacuation were killed in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport on Thursday morning, making it the deadliest day in the war since 2011.

The civilian death toll will almost certainly be higher – current reports are 120, and given the images below that seems entirely possible. It appears to be multiple suicide bombing attacks, likely with vehicles on gates where people were entering the airport. The explosive attacks were accompanied by ISIS gunmen shooting at both US troops and civilians.

To anybody with even a faint knowledge of logistics it was obvious days ago that thousands of Americans and others were going to be left behind in the country as the US military itself would be drawing down towards the Taliban demand for a final departure date of August 31. Civilians were not going to continue to leave in packed planes right up until midnight on that day, at which point it would all magically stop. The troops would be the last ones out, as usual.

But now, even as confused and disorganised as the withdrawal has been, with the State Department suspending processing of Visa applications, with six Afghan’s on a no-fly list departing anyhow, and other insanities, despite heroic efforts from the troops on the ground, it’s possible that it will to come to a complete stop, especially if such attacks are ongoing.

Last week, Joe Biden bragged about evacuation efforts during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC by saying:

“But, look – but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”

Another boast from President Ice Cream that will now have to be chucked down the memory hole, possibly where even God cannot reach. Even at the time there were multiple, solid reports of at least seven deaths amid the chaos.

More than this was that none other than the State Department had issued this warning a few days ago:

Due to threats outside the Kabul airport, US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates unless you receive instructions to do so. Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.

As with other recent events where the President was contradicted in his statements within hours by his own agencies, the Pentagon and State, it seems that the entire Administration is confused and not communicating well internally. That alone is a condemnation of the Biden crowd.

The bombing appears not to be the work of the Taliban but ISIS, which matches recent reports, both from unsourced intelligence reports to reporters, that ISIS and Al Queda were once more on the ground in Afghanistan.

UPDATE

Reports and video coming in of more explosions at the airport.

FFS:

U.S. officials gave the Taliban a list of names of U.S. citizens, green card holders & Afghan allies to grant entry into the outer perimeter of the city’s airport, prompting outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.

What were they thinking? They basically handed the Taliban a kill list.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2021 at 7:55 am

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Reichstag Fire 2021

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It could almost be another new video game, like FarCry5 or CyberPunk 2077.

But instead it seems to be getting drummed into reality, courtesy of all the hair-raising, blood-curdling screams of horror about what happened in the Capitol Building on January 6.

This is how we’ve always visualised White Supremacists

Given images like Animal Skin Guy at the Speaker’s podium or the one of some guy kicking back in Pelosi’s office, there clearly was not enough SHOCK HORROR to match the MSM narrative. You dont wear crazy party hats, show your face and take selfies if you’re serious about removing a regime. And you sure as hell don’t photograph the agent of the state who is pointing a gun straight at you.

As result I see that the MSM is now doubling down on the hysteria with the usual “racism” angle, cranking on from Biden’s claims that a BLM protest would have been dealt with much more harshly (I guess he wasn’t in D.C. in June where precisely zero BLM’s were shot and killed by the Capitol Police) to now entirely believable reports from Reuter’s photographers that people in the building were out to hang Nancy Pelosi and VP Mike Pence. Readers and watchers who breathlessly absorbed three years of Russia Collusion with endless leaks from “unamed sources” are the target audience here and they are still swallowing it down.

It’s also an indication of the ruling class of the USA in D.C. that they’re more horrified by their spaces being invaded with a few smashed windows and what seems to be a few thousands of dollars of damage than all the damage and violence that’s been inflicted on ordinary people and their homes and businesses in places like Minneapolis, Kenosha, Seattle, Portland and Chicago over the last few months. Forget about all that and the Covid lockdowns: here’s $600. You should be thanking them, proles.

If you’re a Right-Winger you just have to shrug your shoulders at the inevitable cry of Fascist and Nazi. Lefties used to get called Communists but that’s not chucked around much since Communism largely collapsed as an obsolete failure and in any case few Lefties ever felt any shame about being called that in the first place – sort of like Pelosi and Harris feel no shame, and are never asked to feel shame, about their Antifa/BLM “protest” support.

One standard part of the “Fascist” accusation is that the Right is always looking to have a Reichstag Fire moment that will enable totalitarian government to be imposed. President and even Candidate Trump was constantly on the receiving end of this “fear” – which was not really fear but just the usual stuff that President GW Bush lived with courtesy of the 9/11 attacks, and which future GOP Presidents will have to live with also.

But the funny thing is that if you look at what happened in the Capitol Building there are some historical similarities that ring true in ways that should be alarm bells for what’s happening now in the transition to a new Presidential Administration.

  1. The Reichstag fire was started by a Communist so there was an actual “enemy of the state” who could be used to tar all other Communists as well as their party.
  2. The fire was used as the pretext for a crackdown on the opponents of the Nazis, who were the incoming government, not the outgoing one.
  3. That government was enabled by the corporate powers of the day.
  4. It was further enabled by having a feeble old man as President.

And you don’t have to hear this from RWNJ’s like moi.

There’s nothing like healing unity than labeling the supporters of your opponents as Domestic Terrorists – itself a follow-up on Nancy Pelosi’s comments months ago that Trump supporters were “enemies of the state” – and then burbling about the need for a Federal law against such terrorists.

Fortunately, based on past comments of such people like Obama advisor Plouffe and the rest, I knew Biden’s post-election statement was a lie from the start.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 11, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Where To Now, New Zealand?

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I really don’t like to write about NZ nowadays, given that most other bloggers here cover local events. But the atrocity of March 15 forced itself into all our lives here and could not be ignored.

In our hearts I think we all felt that such a thing could not happen in New Zealand. Our distance and isolation made us a meaningless target and our general relaxed culture did not generate the sorts of fiery hatreds turned into actions that we see in other countries. In our heads we looked at how tough it would be for an organised cell to get here and then make plans and preparations in a country with such a small population that most are only two or three degrees of separation away from knowing someone and what they’re up to. Even having 1.5 million guns in circulation but such a low level of gun crime, especially by legal gun owners, made it clear how peaceable a people we were.

But in our heads we also knew it was possible, even inevitable. We are not so different from the rest of humanity. I recall a conversation several years ago with some National-voting friends, quite Right-wing, after yet another mass shooting in the USA. They’re ignorant of firearms and talked of “machine guns”, as is usually the case with such people. I had to explain to them what a semi-automatic was and how I could buy one here very much the same as in America, but without the high capacity magazines. They were a little shocked but I explained the licencing procedure and said that gun owners tended to keep an eye on one another, so the chances of a nutter slipping through were remote.

But still possible. And like the astronauts climbing into the Apollo 1 spacecraft or the folks planning how to evacuate the Twin Towers, we all suffered from a failure of imagination about what could happen. I can’t think of a single gun owner or cop I’ve known who thought of an immigrant loner getting a gun licence after just landing here and with such a plan of attack in mind. It’s likely that our security services did not either.

Still, New Zealand has reacted reasonably well. Admittedly much of the emotion has been over-the-top and very unlike what we perceive ourselves to be. It reminded me somewhat of the unexpected emotional tsunami from supposedly stiff-upper-lip British people in reaction to Lady Diana’s death.

But even so, I have never been so grateful as I was this past week to have stopped watching and listening to the NZ MSM fifteen years ago. What I have heard and largely not seen has been filtered through various NZ blogs, but even there the levels of hysteria, emotion and group think have been nearly off the scale. That aspect seemed like we were losing our minds.

I can therefore only barely imagine what it has been like for those of you still silly enough to be tuning to One News, 3News and Radio NZ ‘s National Programme. But of course where the local MSM goes, the foreign MSM has already led. It’s like a hivemind and it’s summarised pretty well by some smartass who put together the following contrasting headlines from popular US magazine /  website Slate, one from 2016 and one from 2019:

This is a pitch-perfect example of MSM reporters and editors Borging globally with their Leftist, Woke counterparts in the activist and political worlds and employing the double standards we’ve all come to know so well.

This is who they are. This is what they do.

In an instant the Right and the Left have somersaulted over eachother and exchanged knives. The terms used for the last twenty years by much of the Left whenever a Jihadist terrorist attack occurred – “Lone Wolf” and “Not Representative of the Whole” – are now being dismissed by them as deflection and excuse-making. Forget any debate about which terrorist actions can accurately be described by these terms, the fight being less one of definitions and their application than about drowning opponents in the sheer quantity of repetition and volume.

Chris Trotter is obviously more than a little worried about what he’s seeing and hearing because he covers this in not one, but two recent articles, The Method in The Madness, and Keeping The Devil Down In The Hole. From the first:

Bluntly, what the terrorist is trying to do is rob us of our free will. After the deed, he is counting on us doing exactly what the awfulness of his actions prompts us to do. He wants our reaction to be driven not by what we think, but by how we feel. 

And, it’s working.

He points out that although the reaction from the broader public has been good,  in other quarters we’ve seen something very different and very negative, like this from a commentator at No Minister on the day of the shootings:

Vet – David … FFS … lift your game please. This is time for mourning. The recriminations can come later.

David – No, now is the time to apportion blame, while the wounds are visceral and raw. Now is the time to call out the enablers of white supremacists.

Hence Chris’s comment:

Wreaking vengeance on the single perpetrator of the Christchurch Mosque Shootings will not be enough for those who refuse to see him as a lone-wolf terrorist, but rather as a symptom of New Zealand society’s deeper ills. The temptation, especially on the Cultural Left, will be to hold conservatives and conservatism individually and severally liable. Not, of course, for the deed, but for creating the ideological climate out of which the deed emerged. 

Those even further to the left (among whom we must now include an alarming number of Greens) will go even further. They will tell New Zealanders that all this horror is, really, their fault. That they must simply accept that, be it the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, the sins of the colonial fathers will out. That Pakeha New Zealanders must, accordingly, surrender their “White Privilege”.

Even though he’s a child of the 60’s Counter-culture revolution, Chris is a still a member of the Old Left, determined to keep the idea of class warfare in focus as the cause of most of our societal ills, and with little time for the post-modern world of Intersectionality and Identity Politics carving the proletariat into ever finer slices of victimhood. As such he’s been belittled considerably in loftier corners of the NZ Left like Public Address, where he finds himself mocked, along with Paul Buchanan, as yet another Old White Reactionary Male. A few other such Lefties have found themselves banned from the likes of The Standard blog because the moderators insisted that criticism of Islam equaled Muslim Hate Speech.

In the second article Trotter looks forward to what this might mean for free speech in our country:

Not that the Prime Minister’s worries are located exclusively on the right. Already, she is reported to be casting anxious glances to her left. The radical wing of the Green Party is in the process of staking out an aggressively uncompromising position on hate speech. This has earned them much respect on Twitter, but it is unclear how favourably the hard-line stance of Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman is being be received by the broader electorate. Labour will be keen to avoid the perception that they are being led into the ideological long grass by its “woke” allies.

Chris’s usual parochial concerns are present as he worries about how the “Far Right” could grab this chance “to get back in the game“, but to give him credit he seems genuinely concerned about voices such as the two named. As he wrote those words he may have been unaware of the Chief Censor banning the shooter’s manifesto, even as an Imam in Los Angeles waves it around during his sermon.

In 1951 Syd Holland’s National government passed some of the most draconian laws against free speech outside of the Communist bloc, ironically to combat Communism in New Zealand. One story was that Walter Nash, then Labour Party leader, turned up to speak at a union meeting and was told, by a senior cop blocking his way, that he would be arrested. Nash showed a degree of spine in saying he was going to speak anyway, and moved into the hall to do so. The cop apparently had good judgement and Nash was not arrested. The story, which was one of the earliest political ones I got from my Dad, may be apocryphal but there’s no question that a number of Left-wingers had their jobs and livelihoods threatened by those laws and it’s regarded today by almost everyone as a black mark on NZ’s history of civil liberties.

So we have historical form with authoritarianism, and combined with our desperate, modern cultural need to be “nice” and “tolerant”, together with the cult of victimhood, we could be looking at a future described here in a recent article looking at future warning signs in the USA:

If one were to predict between comity and authoritarianism in the coming years the odds would favor authoritarianism. Never has so much naked ambition disguised itself as virtue, and the more loudly political factions proclaim they’re out to save the world, the more ruthless they are likely to be. Liberty will come under assault from the banner of tolerance; fascism will advance in the guise of grievance.

And let’s not kid ourselves about this just being an issue of State Power. It doesn’t work unless you have plenty of private citizens eager to catch the witches, as the blogger known as MacDoctor has just found out, and as yet another commentator at No Minister demonstrated the other day:

The UK hate speech law would have blog hosters in jail because in NZ they are easy to find. Gravedancer in Akaroa would take five minutes to identify. Adolf would take a little longer to find, the NZ police would leave no stone unturned.

No member of the East German Stasi could have said it better.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm

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A soothing photo

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Here’s one for my old mate Adolf which is hot off the press.

Palestinian leader Mahmood Abbas and Donald Trump holding hands
 

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May 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

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Tears For Manchester

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Why are the people at the BBC so stupid?

Juxtaposed headlines:-

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May 23, 2017 at 1:25 am

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What A Dick!

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The BBC reports on another lone wolf attack in Sydney.   

This time the target has been attacked before, just five months ago.

Prime Minister Turnbull says there is no evidence of religious motivation in  this latest attack although racism has not been ruled out.  The attacker is black and bears a striking resemblance to a Somali illegal immigrant.

Australia's redback spider

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September 29, 2016 at 12:24 am

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How To Have A Bomb Put On Board An Aircraft

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It’s quite easy really.

Especially when the authorities employ a Somali immigrant Islamic State sympathizer as a baggage handler.

“Bashir is therefore the second co-conspirator to have held a critical safety job at the airport. The first to have been publicly identified was Abdirizak Warsame, at a pretrial hearing this past December. He worked on the tarmac as a baggage handler and then as a de-icer for two different employers.”

Written by adolffinkensen

May 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

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