Spy agencies have not had hands tied – Paul Buchanan

Speargun. Image courtesy of TheConversation.org.

National Party leader Simon Bridges says the Government should reconsider the surveillance programme Project Speargun, which the previous National government abandoned in 2013. He says intelligence agencies have their hands tied behind their backs, and the programme “would have done more to keep New Zealanders safe”.

Radio New Zealand sought the view of 36th Parallel’s principal, Paul Buchanan. He tells Philippa Tolley the problems that led to the Christchurch mosque attacks had nothing to do with technological capability and that the leader of the National Party is wrong.

For more, see Radio NZ’s report.