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

 


Govt embarrassed by Bush’s award to SAS


Govt embarrassed by Bush’s award to SAS

The Government seems to be embarrassed by George Bush’s award to the New Zealand SAS, says Green MP Keith Locke.

The Defence Ministry last night confirmed that President George Bush presented a US unit citation to the New Zealand SAS in a ceremony in San Diego ten days ago.

“It is bad enough that the Government has put a blanket of secrecy over everything the SAS did in Afghanistan,” said Mr Locke, the Green Party’s Defence Spokesperson.

“But it is laughable when they hide the fact that George Bush has given our special forces an award; what are they embarrassed about?

“The Government has good cause to keep quiet about the SAS’s involvement in Afghanistan. Reports keep coming out about the dirty nature of the American war there. Torture has been widespread, both to prisoners detained at Bagram airbase near Kabul and those sent on to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. It is unlikely our SAS mistreated prisoners, but they probably helped the American troops capture them.

“As in Iraq, civilians have born the brunt of the US war on Afghanistan, with air raids killing innocent people and many others being harassed as American troops sweep through the countryside.

“It is about time our Government came clean on what our troops were doing in Afghanistan. Security can be a reason for withholding some information, but not for a total blackout,” said Mr Locke.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news