Van close to deceased man had broken down
"Police News Alert Issued *** 2.25pm 24 January 2014
Police have confirmed that the vehicle
close to the body of a man found dead
near Taupo this
morning appears to have broken down.
The man in his 60s
was found a few hundred metres from the vehicle lying
the side of Maroa Road. A post mortem will be carried
out tomorrow to
establish the cause of his
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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>>