I have just emailed this post to Green Party MP Keith Locke.
Green Party MP Keith Locke has come out swinging against the police for using informers against New Zealand anarchist groups.
Mr Locke stated on Prime TV tonight;
There is no evidence whatsoever that there are seriously violent potential terrorists within Greenpeace or any of the organisations that they (the police) infiltrated.
Is Keith Locke’s judgement on such matters to be trusted? How good is Locke’s track record when it comes to spotting potential violent behaviour or threats to public safety?
For several years in the 1970s, Keith Locke was editor of the Trotskyite newspaper Socialist Action. The April 25th 1975 edition, carried a lead article by Mr Locke under the banner heading: “Cambodia Liberated: Victory For Humanity”.
Who were the “liberators”? The Khmer Rouge of course. Who led the Khmer Rouge? Mass murderer Pol Pot-that’s who.
Up to two million dead.
In 1980 Keith Locke was a member of Socialist Action League National Committee. On February 23rd that year (Socialist Action March 14th) Keith Locke gave a talk in Wellington “Why workers should support Soviet Action in Afghanistan.”
At least a million dead.
Today on National Radio Keith Locke cited the German film “The Lives of Others”, which exposes the massive use of informers by the East German Stasi in the 1980s. Mr Locke compared Stasi tactics to those of the New Zealand police.
Yesterday Mr Locke issued a press release entitled Police Stasi tactics towards protestors undermine democracy.
During the early 1980’s Keith Locke’s Socialist Action League was very very close to the pro-Soviet NZ Socialist Unity Party-named incidentally after the then East German ruling party. Keith Locke was at that time effectively a supporter of the Soviet Union and by extension, its client state-Stasi run East Germany.
Keith Locke is a supporter of the radical Auckland University based Students for Justice in Palestine.
Auckland SJP is dominated by Muslim students of Palestinian, Afghan, Indian and Pakistani extraction. It is regarded as one of the most militant groups on campus.
In September 2006 Auckland University SJP published a magazine entitled Intifada.
Keith Locke contributed an article to the magazine in his capacity as Green Party Foreign Affairs spokesman.
Sometimes, when I support Palestinian rights, I am accused of not being “even-handed” in the Israel/Palestine dispute.
But what does “even-handed” mean when the situation on the ground is hardly “even”. There is only one occupying power (Israeli) and only one occupied people (the Palestinians).
Another contributor to Intifada was a young female Afghan refugee named Rana Khumkhor. Ms Khumkhor contributed a short story examining the motivations of a Palestinian suicide bomber.
When death becomes a sacrifice
The Dead cannot ask for justice it is the duty of the living to do so. For my father and for my people the hunger of my hatred opens its mouth. Calling to me to avenge those who have fallen. Years ago my father gave his life for me. Tonight I die for Palestine.
I could start by telling you my name, but what would be the point? I’m just a face, in a sea of oppression, inflicted upon my people. For generations we suffered at the hands of the Zionists. Oh my insane rage vengeance will be ours, the clouds will clear and the sun will shine on us again. They think by uprooting our trees they can destroy our history? But our history is in our hearts and we will tell it to our children and they will tell it to their children. They cannot cut off our tongues…
Religion is what keeps us alive. It is what keeps us going, because in the mind of a freedom fighter fear of god is greater then the fear of death. The desire for paradise dominates our thoughts, reminding us that this wasn’t the way life was supposed to be…
Suddenly my train of thought comes to an abrupt halt as the bus comes to a stop I glance up to see cars lining up in front of the bus. I shrug it off as traffic. I know time is running out. I look outside the window and can barely make out my city of Jenin in the distance. I know this will be the last time I will see my home ever again. There is no turning back now, it is at the end of a person’s life when they realise how important the choices in her life are. Maybe my death won’t make a difference; maybe my people will continue to live in terror tomorrow. But maybe for just a moment, my enemies can feel what we feel when we lose a brother or a sister, a father or a mother, a daughter or a son. If they can feel what we feel for just a moment for just a fraction of a second, my death would have been worth something…
“We will be reaching Jerusalem in a few minutes “ I sit up straighter in my seat. It is now the time, I can wait no longer. I feel around in my pocket for the trigger that leads to the c4-tapped securely to my chest. I swallow the bile that had risen in my throat. I am afraid yes, I am afraid the bomb wont go off. There is no greater shame then failure and I have no desire to fail. I close my eyes imagining what it will be like. Will it hurt? Will I meet my maker upon my death? Or will I wait till the day of reckoning where we all shall be judged…
Oh lord forgive me for my sins. Forgive my father, forgive my family and most of all forgive my people. Shed some light on our oppression and free us.
I clutch the trigger in my hand. I take the time to acknowledge each person in the bus. I feel the walls in my heart closing up for I feel no pity where we received none. I look out the window for the last time. The bus is coming over a hill. There lies Jerusalem in all its glory. I close my eyes and take my last breath…. Freedom
Keith Locke, a senior Green Party MP has supported the organisation responsible for this material-what can only described as pro-terrorist, anti Israeli propaganda.
Either Keith Locke supports the militant anti Israeli views of SJP and their apparent sympathy for suicide bombers, or he has been sucked into supporting their propaganda.
Either way, his judgement is suspect to say the least.
Keith Locke has supported Pol Pot’s “liberating” army, the Soviet rape of Afghanistan and a publication that glorifies Palestinian suicide bombers.
On this evidence, who is best qualified to judge who is a risk to public safety-Keith Locke or the new Zealand police?
If Mr Locke would like to answer this question, I will publish his reply in full.
I will keep readers updated as to Keith Locke’s response.