As I pointed out in my previous post, when it comes to dealing with domestic terrorism we are far too timid in our approach to those who would do us harm. Britain it seems has learned that lesson and has adopted the strategy that I recommended. Scotland Yard’s anti-terror Chief Mark Rowley:
'Clearly the ambition is to prevent attacks.' Setting out the scale of the counter-terror challenge in the UK, he said: 'We have been making an arrest a day over the last year or so, which is approaching twice what it would have been three or four years ago.
'I put those in two broad baskets: a third of those arrests are using counter-terrorism powers; we are prosecuting people, whether it's a plot or whether it's having terrorist training or disseminating material. 'Those are the people more advanced in the development of their terrorist intentions.
'The other two-thirds are more disruptive. We are using crime powers, prosecuting them for fraud, sexual offending - anything we can use to disrupt their conduct. 'These are people who are extremists who are generally migrating towards terrorism and rather than waiting to the last minute, anything we can do to disrupt them is important.'
Rather than tiptoe around these people, make it clear that not only do we know who they are, and their intentions, but also more importantly we are prepared to make their lives difficult at every turn. As Mark Rowley says, let’s do anything we can to disrupt their conduct, including prosecuting them for all we can find, from expired warrant of fitness’s, to full Inland Revenue investigations going back seven years.
If they want the full benefits of New Zealand citizenship, then they must expect to face the same scrutiny that in theory every citizen faces. Just as some property developers attract the attention of Inland Revenue by their actions, then why not jihadists and supporters by their actions?
Far be it from me to recommend a program of State funded harassment of Islamic jihadists living in New Zealand, I’m simply suggesting that people who place themselves on our anti-terrorist radar must expect their lives to undergo closer scrutiny by the State.