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NZ passport security under spotlight after Israeli 'spy' case

Mossad has been cought too many times with forged Canadian passports, so now they are trying to pass for New Zelanders. Give them the death penalty New Zealand! New Zealand has a right to defend herself.
NZ passport security under spotlight after Israeli 'spy' case 17.04.2004 1.00pm The security of New Zealand passports is under the spotlight after two suspected Israeli spies were caught allegedly trying to obtain the documents here. Prime Minister Helen Clark has said the Government would do everything it could to protect the reputation of New Zealand passports, while National Party immigration spokesman Wayne Mapp is calling for a review of the passport system. "What the Government takes extremely seriously is any action which sets out to challenge the integrity of the New Zealand passport system and we will act in any way we can to protect the reputation of the New Zealand passport," Miss Clark told National Radio. Last night, she said the matter had been raised directly with the Israeli government. Miss Clark said she could not discuss details as the case was still before the court. "There will be a strong and public response to this matter once the court action has concluded," she said. Urie Zoshe Kelman, 30, and Eli Cara, 50, appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday. They denied three joint charges including attempting to obtain a New Zealand passport and participating in an organised crime group to obtain a false passport. Details that emerged in court revealed two other men were involved. Zev William Barkan, 37, has fled the country and authorities concede they would not know where to find him. A fourth man is believed to be here but police say the others refuse to identify him. Meanwhile, Dr Mapp said the case highlighted the importance of the integrity of New Zealand passports. "It's the sort of thing that happens to countries but I think fundamentally we have to learn lessons from it and we have to be prepared to tighten up," Dr Mapp told NZPA. "A review of our passport system looks like it is required. We're not in a benign environment any more, we're in an age of international terrorism where hundreds of people can die due to terrorist incidents. Absolute vigilance is required." The Government has not officially confirmed the two arrested men were Israeli secret service (Mossad) agents but senior government officials said it was believed they were. The court was told the accused and the other two people had been in and out of the country since last November. Cara, who says he is a Sydney-based travel agent, travelled in and out 24 times since October 2000. The case is the first known example of foreign agents appearing in a New Zealand court since the 1985 arrest of the Rainbow Warrior bombers. The court heard the visits since last year were allegedly for the purpose of obtaining a false New Zealand identity for one of the men. They allegedly made a passport application using a birth certificate of a person with cerebral palsy, who authorities say was an innocent victim of the scam. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3561124&thesection=news&thesubsection=general
Aotearoa Indymedia down. 17.Apr.2004 21:52

anonymous

New Zealand's Indymedia outlet, Aotearoa Indymedia is down now.

All other Indymedia affiliates seem to be running smooth.

This is odd.

this article totally blows 17.Apr.2004 22:40

what the ???

this article blows. i mean, who wrote it, mossad or the cia?

this article goes on and on about the importance of protecting the 'reputation' of new zealand passports and the alleged identity of the israeli spies.

not once is there a question about WHY these spies from israel were in the country. sure, it was 'related to security' or whatever... i mean, what gives israel the right to spy on the people of other nations?

shouldn't these israeli spies be tried for major crimes? i mean, they infiltrated new zealand from a known terrorist state!

See for Yourself 18.Apr.2004 11:32

bedouin

Who wrote it?

BRIDGET CARTER, TONY STICKLEY AND EUGENE BINGHAM did. See:

< http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3561102&thesection=news&thesubsection=general>

The article posted above came from:

< http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3561124&thesection=news&thesubsection=general>

Give the 'special relationship', one wonders why Mossad don't just get all of their third country passports at the U$ embassy in Tel Aviv.
Eli Cara-'travel agent'
Eli Cara-'travel agent'

"By way of deception thou shalt do war" 18.Apr.2004 14:41

the motto

of Mossad

an interesting look at how spy agencies work. 18.Apr.2004 15:39

this thing here

>They denied three joint charges including attempting to obtain a New Zealand passport and participating in an organised crime group to obtain a false passport.<...

...>The Government has not officially confirmed the two arrested men were Israeli secret service (Mossad) agents but senior government officials said it was believed they were.<

this shows how spy agencies work. if legal tender israeli government money funds illegal spying activity, the israeli government, and the leader in charge, can be held accountable. so what should the israeli government do? how can it get what it's wants from spies, without having to pay for the spies?

have the spies engage in illegal, underground, off the books, black market activity which creates operational funds/passports/etc.

and rumors of the C.I.A. being involved in drugs, or running front companies, is not exactly absurd. because how else can the C.I.A. pay for it's activities if the american government won't fund them?......