Defence denials of civilian casualties in ‘revenge raid’ make no sense says Nicky Hager

Defence denials of civilian casualties in ‘revenge raid’ make no sense says Nicky Hager

Nicky Hager says he believes Kiwi soldiers "act with great integrity" when working overseas. Photo / File
Nicky Hager says he believes Kiwi soldiers “act with great integrity” when working overseas. Photo / File

One of the authors of a book alleging a New Zealand cover-up in civilian deaths and other casualties during a “revenge” raid in Afghanistan says he is “shocked” at the NZ Defence Force rejection of the claims.

Nicky Hager, who wrote Hit & Run with war correspondent Jon Stephenson, said the initial response by the NZDF to repeat denials of civilian casualties made no sense, given the level of detail provided in the book.

“I was shocked by their response because anybody who looks inside the book will realise it can’t be true. I wish people inside Defence had taken a deep breath and looked at what we had done before saying what they did.”

One response stated: “The NZDF does not undertake investigations or inquiries into the actions of forces from other nations.”

Hager said it was a “feeble” distancing. “When you are in command of a military operation you are responsible. The military is all about responsibility. That’s what the command line means.”

Hit & Run details the NZSAS gathering intelligence on those believed responsible for the death of Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell on August 4, 2010, and the efforts put into having the United States’ military command approve them as targets.

The book also details the helicopter support from the US, both in terms of transport to the remote valley where the attack was to take place, and fire support from Apache gunship helicopters it claimed were responsible for four of the six deaths. A 3-year-old girl was claimed to be among those who died.

Hager said sources for the book included members of the SAS who were “loyal to their organisation” but deeply disturbed by the outcome of the attack.

“Overall, the SAS and Defence Force believe in and have a very strong code of honour about how they behave.”

In the case of this attack, Hager said the “mood” was different because of O’Donnell’s death, and sources in the book said it was a “revenge” attack.

He said the operation after O’Donnell’s death was different.

“I personally have great confidence that when our people are overseas they act with great integrity.”

After the Apache barrage, the book claimed, soldiers burned houses and later came back with explosives to destroy homes. It also claimed no one suspected to be responsible for the attack that led to O’Donnell’s death was caught or killed.

Some time later, an SAS soldier beat a captured suspect when he was bound before he was handed over to Afghan authorities, the book claimed.

Hager said a factor that led to what he maintained was the truth about the raid not becoming public was the growth in influence of the SAS inside the NZ Defence Force.

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating was a former SAS commander, as was former chief Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, who was said in the book to have watched the raid.

RSA national president Barry Clark said he had no reason to disbelieve denials from NZDF although he had “no way of knowing what went down”.

“We’ve got no idea of fact or fiction.”

He said NZ Defence Force personnel “were not a gungho defence force”.

“I have great confidence that when our people are overseas they act with great integrity.”

Serial litigant Graham McCready joined the fray this morning with a complaint to the International Criminal Court in Europe. He said the book raised allegations of war crimes which needed to be addressed.

McCready, whose private prosecution of former MP John Banks was criticised as confusing, confirmed he had no previous experience taking cases in an international forum.

NZ Herald

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

A topnotch WordPress.com site

Historical Tribune

The Factual Review

Desultory Heroics

A Chronicle of Dystopia and Resistance

Astute News

The Science Of News And Analysis

70news

sharing news that matters to you

Taking Sides

Thinking Through and Against Received Opinion

The Last Refuge

Rag Tag Bunch of Conservative Misfits - Contact Info: TheLastRefuge@reagan.com

Citizen WElls

Obama eligibility, Obama news

Burst Updates

Burst Updates, an explosion of news, politics, and opinions.

tomfernandez28's Blog

A topnotch WordPress.com site

The Free

blog of the post capitalist transition.. Read or download the novel here + latest relevant posts

The Writing of John Laurits

Insurgent journalism. Poetry. Weaponized Mathematics.

Hwaairfan's Blog

"We are all pieces of the puzzle of Truth, one piece missing and our self image is incomplete...Tawhid! !..."

whatyouthoughtiwentaway.wordpress.com/

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.”~ Ronald Reagan.

WebInvestigator.KK.org

Web Investigator.KK. org... is one web investigative resource for searching thousands of online sources, and public databases. This blog will change your life!

Johnsono ne'Blog'as

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Nwo Report

Nwo News, End Time, World News and Conspiracy News

Journal of People

Peasants and workers

Counter Information

Uncovering the mainstream media lies

pundit from another planet

the best news you can get without a security clearance

%d bloggers like this: