Michael Field has an odd story in the Sunday Star Times about Charles Wardle, a kick-boxer who, allegedly, traveled to Pakistan in 2001 to try and fight against the US invasion, converted to Islam, was circumcised, went to Northern Iraq and escaped being killed in a US bombing raid then returned to New Zealand where he became a spy for the SIS monitoring Islamic community organisations and mosques, and is now going public about what he feels are incompetent operating procedures on the part of our intelligence agencies.
Highlight’s from Field’s story:
In his letter to Key, Wardle complained that at the time he was becoming involved in training for jihad. He wanted to stick it out but the SIS were cutting off his expenses.
Three months later Auckland police raided his home, taking computers, books and the handler’s business card. All the property was later returned.
“When they started doing the training for jihad I asked the SIS what they wanted me to do. They couldn’t tell me anything. I was pretty much left to my own devices.”
He said the SIS got him to supply jihadist material to Muslims, which Fauzan Ali saw as entrapment.
Well, who knows? But here’s one observation. Looking at the SIS web site I notice that one of their primary objectives is to:
Detect and prevent serious overseas-based crime which could affect this country.
But I don’t think I’ve ever read of a criminal court case in which arrests were made based on classified SIS material, or SIS agents who could not be identified gave evidence that could not be made public, or whatever.
Maybe they undertake this role with such expertise that they’re invisible: ghosts! But when we look at their other duties, like vetting personal for classified positions and monitoring terrorist groups, we mostly see them fucking up and embarrassing themselves, and generally speaking they seem to pose more of a danger to the rights and property of New Zealanders than a defence of same. Do they do anything useful with their $43.5 million dollars/year?