Whaleoil, and others of their gun-totin’ ilk, should be warned.
By posting pictures of themselves with their weaponry on blogs such as Gotcha (here), they invite the full might of the law descending upon them – literally – should they come to the attention of our law enforcers.
They are especially at risk of coming to the attention of the Organised & Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), which has a talent for rounding up small armies to help it do its work.
This outfit is one of the more worthy things announced (in September 2007) by the Clark mob.
According to its website (see here) it was established as
… an organised crime agency to increase cooperation by New Zealand government agencies in the targeting of serious and organised crime. OFCANZ was established on 1 July 2008, and is a hosted agency within New Zealand Police.
Alf’s constituents might remember it was intended to encompass the functions and staff of the Serious Fraud Office.
But after the 2008 General Election, when voters had the enormous good sense to toss out the socialists, the Key Government decided to maintain the SFO as a distinct and separate entity.
OFCANZ’s mission (we learn here) “is to disrupt and combat organised crime”.
To do this, OFCANZ:
Targets, investigates, and disrupts individuals and groups involved in organised crime
Leads, coordinates and contributes to policy or legislative changes to make it harder for organised criminals to operate
Works with the private sector to reduce the opportunities for organised crime
Raises public awareness of organised crime and the harm it causes
OFCANZ brings to this mission a cross-agency view, and an ability to call on resources and information from the New Zealand government, as well as partner agencies overseas.
The FBI, for example.
When Detective Superintendent Malcolm Burgess was provisionally appointed Director of OFCANZ in November 2009 (see here), he said he was excited by the challenge of leading the fight against organised crime in New Zealand.
He also showed a healthy go-get-the-bastards attitude.
“The multi-disciplinary task-force approach that OFCANZ is operating has huge potential to knock over those criminals causing the most harm to our communities.”
Mr Burgess says his new job is every detective’s dream.
“To have the time, space and resources to focus on going after top-end criminals is a fantastic opportunity.”
In another country at another time – it seems – he would have made a splendid cowboy.
We can see this from the role he and his agency played in bringing that Dotcom bloke to book.
The Herald account (here) of court proceedings emerging from the raid on Dotcom’s luxury pad is straight out of a Bruce Willis movie.
The FBI, helicopters, armed cops, secret agents…
Hey – but what about gorgeous sheilas with big knockers, for good measure?
The secret agent thing is remaining secret.
The involvement of a secret Government organisation before the raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion emerged during cross-examination of a police witness in the High Court at Auckland yesterday.
The witness, Detective Inspector Grant Wormald, refused to name the organisation when questioned about a meeting police attended before the raid.
Dotcom’s lawyer, Paul Davison, QC, asked him if an unidentified group of people at the meeting were from the Security Intelligence Service.
Mr Wormald replied that they were not. But asked where they were from, he declined to say, “because of the nature of the organisation”.
“They work for the Government.”
Alf has always fancied a job where he operated clandestinely and would cryptically reply, when asked what he does, “I work for the Government.”
This Wormald feller, it transpires, oversaw the raid for OFCANZ after a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Yesterday he was questioned during the High Court hearing into the future of evidence seized from Dotcom with invalid search warrants.
Mr Davison asked about the origin of intelligence used to plan the raid, raising a meeting two months earlier attended by officers from Ofcanz, the police legal section, the Crown Law Office, American authorities and the unnamed group.
The QC also asked about the process needed to involve the police special tactics group, which required an assistant commissioner’s approval.
The officer who approved the group’s involvement was Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess, also director of Ofcanz.
Alf loved that bit of the story.
Burgess, as the director of OFCANZ, asked for the special tactics group to help out.
And Burgess, as Assistant Commissioner of Police, said no problem – they’re all yours.
Mr Davison said this showed the person making the request was also the person who approved the request.
Mr Wormald: “I really don’t see there is an issue in that.”
He said the special tactics group was called in because police needed to use a helicopter to achieve the main goal of stopping evidence being deleted.
He said officers in the group were the only police in the country trained to work from helicopters. He said a helicopter might also be needed if Dotcom tried to avoid arrest in one of his high-performance cars.
He said the tycoon had twice been stopped speeding – including doing 149km/h in a 50km/h zone.
Other factors came into considerations when deploying the use of 30 armed officers in the raid.
These included two photographs of Dotcom with firearms.
And that’s why Alf sounds a caution to all those who like to be pictured with their firearms.
Whale Oil should take note.