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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - John Key
Despite having little history of domestic terrorism, New Zealand and Australia were drawn into the global debate on drone strikes Wednesday after confirming that a citizen from each country was killed in Yemen last year.
New Zealand spy agencies now can conduct surveillance operations on its own citizens, thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday giving government intelligence the expanded powers.
Prime Minister John Key says a decision by immigration officials to award former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a visa to enter New Zealand was a "line call" given his criminal convictions.
New Zealand's prime minister said the Christchurch quake may be the country's worst disaster ever, as officials raised the toll Saturday to 145 dead and more than 200 missing while giving a grim prognosis for the city's downtown.
Two $500 million "Hobbit" movies will be made in New Zealand as originally planned, Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday, after two days of crisis talks with Hollywood studio executives.
Studios backing the movie version of "The Hobbit" want New Zealand to give them more tax breaks and to change labor laws if they are to go ahead with the $500 million project in the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.
A magnitude-5.1 aftershock hammered New Zealand's earthquake-hit city of Christchurch on Wednesday morning, freshly damaging buildings, sparking evacuations and prompting the extension of a state of emergency for another week.
New Zealand's prime minister warned Monday that the country's economic recovery will be hurt by the weekend's powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which smashed buildings and wrecked roads and rail lines in Christchurch.
The powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted rail lines around the New Zealand city of Christchurch also ripped a new fault line in the Earth's surface, a geologist said Sunday.
Key said he thought the November strike was such a justified occasion: "I suspect so, yes, given that three of the people killed were well-known al-Qaida operatives."
He said the New Zealander had been watched by intelligence agencies and had first attended some kind of terrorist training camp.