In New Zealand, there are two major inquiries into security/defence issues running in parallel, and the one demonstrating more transparency and candour is not the one that you’d expect.
Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.
A High Court ruling concerning the use of security information – if left unchallenged – could well cripple the investigation into the Hit & Run allegations.
Oversight at any level of performance is not New Zealand’s strong suit… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job.
Now that America has found its greatness again the traditional way – by bombing someone – the misgivings have set in.
Nothing to see with this SAS raid bizzo, move on. Or so PM Bill English would have us believe.
Labour and the Greens have made concessions intended to establish themselves as a credible alternative government, but they’ve made the concessions to the wrong people.
Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies.
Without an independent inquiry into this incident it will remain a blot on our military record, and on any subsequent Anzac Day celebrations of the exploits of our troops abroad.