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Information for the purpose of participating in the Royal Commission inquiry into the attack on Christchurch Mosques.

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From: Mahrukh Sarwar

Dear New Zealand Security Intelligence Service,

We request the following information for the purpose of participating in the Royal Commission inquiry into the attack on Christchurch Mosques.

Relevant mentions
1. Copies of SIS documents, correspondences and addresses (including but not limited to emails, letters, presentations), for periods A, B, C and D, referring to any of the following terms:
a. Arab / Muslim / Islam / Islamist / Islamicist / Jihadist /
b. Terrorists / Extremists / Radical / Far-right / White supremacy

2. How many, and which organisation or individual(s), have provided any consultation or training or advice to the SIS on matters relating to:
a. Arab / Muslim / Islam / Islamist / Islamicist / Jihadist /
b. Terrorists / Extremists / Radical / Far-right / White supremacy

Transparency as to role
2. All interviews, speeches and lectures on the topic of the 'Role of the SIS' from periods A, B, C and D.

Engagement with Muslim Community
3. The dates of all meetings with Muslim organisations in New Zealand and minutes of such meetings from periods A, B, C and D.

4. On how many occasions were Parliamentarians directly involved in meetings with the SIS for periods A, B, C and D? How many of these involved or pertained to a person(s) from the Muslim community?

5. How many experts on the Muslim Community or faith have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

Level of cultural training
5. Copies of staff training documentation and audio-visual programmes on Islam and Muslim from periods A, B, C and D.

6. What professional cultural advice or training or resources has the SIS requested or received on Islam or Muslims for periods A, B, C and D?

Warrants:
7. The annual reports list warrants that allow SIS to monitor people but do not specify why they have been issued. What were the warrants issued for between 2002 and 2018? Were any of these warrants for white supremacists?

Diversity:
8. What is the list of ethnicities of the staff of the GCSB for the last financial year?

9. What is the ethnic cultural composition over the periods A, B, C and D of your
a. senior management
b. senior operational staff

Advice from other relevant states
9. What are the number of people from the UK, US, Canada and Australia who have been appointed as staff or have been consulted for the periods A, B, C and D

Prioritisation methods
10. What methods does the SIS use to determine priorities regarding threats to national security?

11. How do security agencies identify threats as either “potential threats” or “possible threats” or “imminent threats”?

Action on warrants and white extremism threats
12. Where warrants were issued for white supremacists, how were those warrants actioned?

13. How much time, cost and other resources were expended in investigating those warrants obtained?

14. How much time, cost and other resources were expended in investigating whether further warrants may be needed?

Overall resource dedication
15. How much resources, including financial resources, were devoted to monitoring white extremism during the periods A, B, C and D?

16. How much resources, including financial resources, were devoted to monitoring non-white communities, including Muslim and Maori communities, during the periods A, B, C and D?

17. How much resources, including financial resources, were devoted to monitoring other groups such as animal rights, environment and health activists, during the periods A, B, C and D? What are those groups?

18. How much resources were devoted to the monitoring and operations leading to the Urewera raids?

Reflection on reasons for inadequacies
19. What has prevented more proportionate and appropriately conducted raids from being carried out against white supremacist groups?

20. What was the reason the SIS understands for the cause of
a. missing the Christchurch attacker
b. less attention paid to white extremism

Methodology of categorisation
21. How do the SIS distinguish between white supremacists and far-right extremist groups?

22. How do the SIS distinguish between white and non-white groups?

Level of external accountability
23. On how many occasions has there been a review of policies regarding Muslims by any persons outside the SIS for periods A, B, C and D?

Consultation with experts
24. How many experts on far-right extremism have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

25. How many experts on other ethnic or religious nationalism or extremism have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

Policy Reform
26. What cultural intelligence and cultural awareness and sensitivity training and reform arose out of the consequences of the Ahmed Zaoui Case? 

27. What cultural intelligence and cultural awareness and sensitivity training and reform arose out of the consequences of the Urewera Raids? 

General questions
28. How does the SIS claim it properly prioritises and curate their intelligence given their lack of key target community and lack of cultural contextual understanding of the communities under threat (or of some threat)?

29. How does the SIS claim to properly curate their intelligence given their approach to a key target community lacks any multi-dimensional integration or reflection of the complexity of those communities?

30. How can the SIS expect to properly prioritise and curate their intelligence when the government and the society in which it operates and informs their work have not undertaken any substantive engagement with the world’s second largest faith community?

31. How many people have been suspected of supporting Serb-nationalism or the Bosnian Genocide since 1995?

We request information for the following time periods:
Period A: October 2017 – present
Period B: November 2008 – October 2017
Period C: December 1999 – November 2008
Period D: November 1990 – November 1999

For the requests that ask for information from Periods A, B, C and D please note we do not require that all the information come through at once.
We request in order of this priority: Period A, then B, then C and finally period D.

Word-specific requests: please include variant spellings for these. E.g. For a request pertaining to “Muslim”, please include variants such as “Moslem”.

We appreciate that our requests are extensive. However, they are not disproportionate to the significance of the matters we are engaging in with the Royal Commission.

Yours faithfully,
Mahrukh Sarwar

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Good morning Ms Sarwar,

I am writing to confirm we have received your request and have begun working through it. I note that one question refers to the GCSB (What is the list of ethnicities of the staff of the GCSB for the last financial year?). We are going to assume this was a typo and treat it as though you were asking about the NZSIS. If this is incorrect, and you are only interested in the GCSB's staff ethnicities, please do get in touch.

We are able to be contacted at [NZSIS request email].

Kind regards,

NZSIS

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Dear Ms Sarwar

We refer to your official information request dated 13 September to the NZSIS.

The Official Information Act 1982 requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day that we received your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time limit and we are, therefore, writing to notify you of an extension of the time to make our decision, to 8 November 2019.

This extension is necessary because your request is for a large quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with our operations and consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

We will still endeavour to provide you with a response as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

NZSIS

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Attachment OIA response 2019 11 08.pdf
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Attachment 20.nzsis community engagement brochure.pdf
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Attachment opening address may 2007.pdf
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Attachment talking points 2002.pdf
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Attachment talking points november 2007.pdf
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Attachment The Islamic Women s Council annual conference 15 July 2017.pdf
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Good evening Ms Sarwar,

Please find attached a response to your OIA, along with a few other relevant attachments.

Kind regards,

NZSIS

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Attachment OIA response 2019 11 08.pdf
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Attachment 20.nzsis community engagement brochure.pdf
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Attachment opening address may 2007.pdf
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Attachment talking points 2002.pdf
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Attachment talking points november 2007.pdf
280K Download View as HTML

Attachment The Islamic Women s Council annual conference 15 July 2017.pdf
93K Download View as HTML


Good evening Ms Sarwar,

Please find attached a response to your OIA, along with a few other relevant attachments.

Kind regards,

NZSIS

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