Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government must come clean on secret war

Government must come clean on secret war

Green MP Keith Locke is demanding the government comes clean on SAS activities in Afghanistan, following revelations in today's Sunday Star Times.

"Unless it fronts with the facts, the government will continue to be embarrassed as details are drip fed through the media," said Mr Locke.

"It's becoming absurd when we have to rely on Nicky Hager to tell us even when the SAS first left for Afghanistan, in December 12, 2001. The government has refused point blank to release this detail, or anything else about the SAS role.

"So far Helen Clark, her ministers and officials have arrogantly dismissed arguments that the public has a right to know about what has been done in their name in Afghanistan.

"For example, the defence force chief Air Marshall Bruce Ferguson, told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee last December that he wasn't going to provide information just to satisfy public "curiosity".

"I have an Official Information Act request currently with the Ombudsman to require the government to disclose the SAS departure date and other basic details - similar details the Shipley government readily provided about the SAS deployment to the Gulf in 1998.

"Nicky Hager's disclosures that SAS personnel were "forward air controllers" raises questions about whether any of them were involved in incidents where innocent civilians were killed. Were our forces active in helping implement the American strategy - primarily "extermination" by aerial bombardment, rather than an effort to take prisoners?

"Does the government really think that Hager's disclosures about the SAS rotations, where the unit was based, and the nature of its operations really compromise the safety of SAS members? If not, why won't it confirm what Hager has told us, and give us additional information.

"We also want to know whether any SAS members are still in Afghanistan. Hager claims that an SAS officer was deployed with Operation Kiwi Cracker at the US headquarters at Bagram airbase in October 2002.

"I will be following up this matter with questions in Parliament this week," said Mr Locke.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election