Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Waihopai Terrorists.

About a year ago, three men, Otaki schoolteacher Adrian Leason, Auckland Catholic priest Peter Murnane and Hokianga farmer Sam Land, broke into the Waihopai spy base and cut down the domes that were protecting a reviver dish, set up to intercept international satellite communication. Within the last week, all of these men were acquitted of their charge and set free. No punishment whatsoever, after attacking a spy base! Surely it's a matter of National Security.

The three men claimed that what they were doing was a lawful protest, and that they believed that doing it would save lives in Iraq. It probably would save lives in Iraq, terrorists lives. Al Qaeda and the Teleban, who, by the way, are fighting some of our SAS troops. The more terrorists alive the more NZ/USA troops die. It is that simple, I consider what these men did, not to be a protest but an act of terrorism. I guess it would be hard to charge them with terrorism since there is no evidence that anyone was killed or injured as a result of their actions, But they should have at very least been fined enough to repair the dome.

This also made me wonder, is the idea of having twelve members of the public choosing who gos to prison, and who stays home, really a good idea? These twelve people let these men get away with a sever breach of national security. Maybe we need a new system, maybe focused completely around a trained judge?

But maybe not. I suppose that the prosecution and the defendant both get a good chance show the jury the law and help them decide on the right verdict. But is it really different from manipulation?

I don't really know, but what I do know is this: If you trespass on Government Property, and damage their Anti-Terrorism equipment, you should be charged, or fined, something.


Dan B

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