Coroner misses social media’s role in March 15 attack

Coroner misses social media's role in March 15 attack

It is clear from this press report that as the NZ Coroner misses social media’s role in March 15 attack, NZ Muslims will rejoice at the millions they have funnelled from overseas donors back into the overseas jihad network.

The NZ coroner will not read Tarrant’s own manifesto where he states, according to overseas sources, that he was motivated by the Dunedin mosque video which demonstrated, to him, that NZ Muslims had the same world dominance motivations that those he knew in Australia had, and those he met on his overseas travels had.

According to overseas reports, Tarrant found this video, with this URL in his manifesto, on the Dunedin mosques facebook page. (It is no longer there.)

The video that sparked the Christchurch mosque shooting is still widely available online, and promoted on almost every major Muslim social web space as being evidence that their deity, and their jihad, will be successful.

But the NZ coroner will not even look at that. Because this inquest clearly isn’t about finding out what actually motivated Tarrant, but about finding out who else opposes the agenda of NZ Muslims as promoted by the Dunedin mosque!

The greatest irony is this: until we were visited by the SIS after 15th March 2019, this website had less than a couple of dozen pages, and less than 3000 hits. It was only after NZ Muslims accused us of motivating the March 15 shooting, and we were visited by NZSIS, that we started trying to find out what actually happened. As as May 2022, we have now over 1100 pages detailing Islamic activity here in NZ, and have had over 300,000 web page views during our time with various web hosting companies.

This from RNZ:

Aliya Danzeisen says the inquest may be a chance to give a wake-up call to social media platforms.

The coroner’s inquest into the mosque terror attacks, in which 51 people were killed, will look into the role of social media in the killer’s radicalisation, and the emergency response on the day.

Coroner Brigitte Windley has released the scope of what will, and won’t, be covered in the upcoming coronial inquest.

In February a hearing was held to hear submissions from interested parties – including people injured in the attack, family members of those killed, and community organisations – about what they would like to see covered in the inquest.

In her decision released today Windley said the atrocities of 15 March 2019 were unprecedented in New Zealand, as is the nature and scale of the coronial inquiry.

The inquest will look at the events from the start of the attack until the completion of the emergency response.

This will include whether the killer, Brenton Tarrant, got any help from others, the emergency response efforts, and if that response resulted in anyone not surviving their injuries.

It will also look at Tarrant’s radicalisation through social media and online platforms.

Quran 8:39 “And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.”

Windley said this was an issue identified as a particular concern by the interested parties.

She said the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attacks had only looked at Tarrant’s online activity from 2017 until the attacks, whereas she will particularly focus on 2014 to 2017.

“Any effort to go further than the Royal Commission did to isolate any specific online platform or influence as sufficiently causally [and quantifiably] linked with Mr Tarrant’s radicalisation [and therefore with the attack], is likely to encounter formidable evidential challenges.

“That said, the potential that a sufficient causative link may yet be possible to establish cannot be ruled out without first making additional inquiries.”

The coroner said how Tarrant got his firearms licence was also an issue of particular concern for the interested parties, and this will be looked into.

She said the issue was looked at by the Royal Commission but source evidence about the link between Tarrant’s firearms licence and how he caused the 51 deaths was not available to interested parties to see and to consider, but can be as part of the coronial inquiry.

The inquest will also look at the community’s ability to detect radicalisation and respond. Windley will look into the line of defence that the wider community may provide as one means of future prevention.

She will also look into the cause of death of each person killed.

The coroner said the interested parties had asked the coroner to investigate whether intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies in particular had missed any opportunities to prevent the attack but that this was outside her scope. She said the issue was extensively looked at by the Royal Commission, and, due to the sensitive nature of the evidence, it was unlikely she would be able to release any information not already available.

She will also not look into issues deemed too speculative and remote, including whether Tarrant’s international travels led to his radicalisation, and New Zealand’s immigration policy.

The national coordinator for the Islamic Women’s council, Aliya Danzeisen, said the decision to look at online platforms and social media’s role in the attacks is a landmark moment for the accountability of digital platforms.

She said they want to know where Tarrant was going online, who he was speaking to and what was being presented to him.

“This was a decision he made, but we want to know the environment he was in, and we want to learn so if parents are seeing things, or if the community need to learn so we can get in front of it. But also do the social media companies need to learn from what occurred?

“The coroner has opened the door to investigating the responsibility of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, other sites like YouTube, and gaming messaging forums,” Danzeisen said.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that digital platforms need to do more to prevent the circulation of dehumanising content, and this decision should be a wake-up call to those platforms.”

Quran 5.60 “Say, “Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that as penalty from Allah? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut. Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.”

Federation of Islamic Associations chair Abdur Razzaq said the coroner had listened to the requests from the victims and families of those killed.

Razzaq said he was optimistic the inquiry was shaping up to provide significant lessons for the community, and some sort of closure to all of those affected by unanswered questions.

He said they were particularly pleased to see the issuing of the firearms licence to the killer will be looked into.

No date has been set yet for the inquest.

Coroner signals social media’s role in mosque terror attacks a priority for inquest

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