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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 Government Communications Security Bureau,

GCSB

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 GCSB 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. All interviews, speeches and lectures on the topic of the 'Role of the GCSB' from Period A, B, C and D.

Consultation with or regarding the 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. 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

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

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

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

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

9. Who is the NZ Police’s on-hand cultural advisor/negotiator/facilitator for:
a. On-going strategy
b. Emergency Situations

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

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

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

13. 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?

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

15. What diverse perspectives have been embraced and resulted in reform of organisational culture that promotes diverse experiences and perspectives?

Prioritisation
16. What methods does the GCSB use to determine priorities regarding threats to national security?

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

18. How can the GCSB expect to properly prioritise and curate their intelligence when they have not properly engaged with a key target community and there is no cultural contextual understanding of the community?

19. How can the GCSB expect to properly prioritise and curate their intelligence when their approach to a key target community is very one-dimensional and siloed?

20. How can the GCSB 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?

Sorting/Identification Methods
21. How does the GCSB distinguish between white supremacists and far-right extremist groups?

22. How does the GCSB distinguish between white and non-white groups?

Actions and white supremacy threats
23. The annual reports list warrants that allow GCSB monitor people but do not specify why they have been issued. What were the warrants issued for between 2003 and 2018? Were any of these warrants for white supremacists?

24. Where warrants were issued for white supremacists, how were those warrants actioned?

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

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

Resource Allocation

24. 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?

25. 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?

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? 

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

Internal GCSB Considerations
29. What was the reason the SIS understands for the cause of
a. Missing the Christchurch attacker
b. Less attention paid to white extremism

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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Dear Mahrukh Sarwar

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated the 13th of September 2019 as outlined below.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than the 11th of October 2019, being 20 working days after the day that your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact [GCSB request email]. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

Kind regards

GCSB

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Attachment 2019 09 19 Transfer letter.pdf
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Good morning,

Please see the attached letter from the Director-General of the GCSB.

Kind regards,

GCSB

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From: Mahrukh Sarwar

Dear Mr Hampton,

Thank you for your prompt reply to my OIA requests.

Unfortunately, there were a few typos in my initial request. All questions should have been addressed to the GCSB.

For clarification this refers to the following questions:

4. 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

29. What was the reason the SIS understands for the cause of
a. Missing the Christchurch attacker
b. Less attention paid to white extremism

9. Who is the NZ Police’s on-hand cultural advisor/negotiator/facilitator for:
a. On-going strategy
b. Emergency Situations

The above requests should have been addressed to the GCSB. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Yours sincerely,
Mahrukh Sarwar

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Good afternoon Ms Sarwar,

Thank you for the clarification. While we have been working under the assumption that all your questions were about the GCSB, we appreciate you confirming this. We have transferred the questions referenced in the Director-General's earlier letter on the grounds that they fit more with those other agencies.

We are continuing to work on the remaining 25 questions.

Kind regards,

GCSB

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Attachment 2019 10 11 Signed OIA Response.pdf
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Attachment Ian Fletcher Speech to Rotary Club 2014 Copy.pdf
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Good afternoon,

Please find attached a response to your OIA request. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us directly at [email address].

Kind regards,

GCSB

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