Fire service update - Still no one available for interview
Fire service update. Still no one available for
Fire appliances, firefighting
crews and Urban Search and Rescue personnel are on their way
to Christchurch to support the civil defence emergency
response to the Christchurch airport.
The first wave of
support includes several fire appliances from Dunedin and
Invercargill with 20 firefighters, support staff and
Also on their way are two USAR
teams (Urban Search and Rescue) who will arrive on flights
from Ohakea early this evening and overnight. They will join
the Christchurch-based USAR team. A USAR team from New
South Wales is also mobilising while Queensland and the
United States have teams on standby.
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>