scoop.co.nz 22 Mar, 2021 00:00 am

On Why Re-defining “Terrorism” Won’t Make Us Any Safer

On Why Re-defining “Terrorism” Won’t Make Us Any Safer
All very well to talk about “modernising” our terrorism legislation (hey, it was written back in 2002 in the wake of 9/11) in order to target violent white nationalist groups. True enough, our current list of designated terrorist organisations does ...

All very well to talk about “modernising” our terrorism legislation (hey, it was written back in 2002 in the wake of 9/11) in order to target violent white nationalist groups.White nationalist ideologies are only one dimension of the terrorist problem posed by young (usually white) men.Reportedly, Brenton Tarrant is the only white nationalist designated by the Prime Minister (under the terms of the Act) as a terrorist.Some analysts are seeing the lack of designation of white nationalist groups as a political failing, and not so much one that’s reflective of a too narrow definition of what constitutes terrorism.

I know there’s a lot of New Zealanders who still don’t believe it, but that’s the facts of life.And go back and check the figures if you don’t believe me.

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