We now know our intelligence services were supporting kill missions in the War on Terror while worrying about the definition of an "acceptable level of collateral damage" when targeting high-value targets.

It came with knowledge that our contribution to that war extended beyond soldiers building schools in Afghanistan and Iraq, or our Special Air Service (NZSAS) carrying out targeted missions in limited deployments.

Importantly, it didn't extend to being complicit in the CIA's 2001-2006 rendition and torture programme.


We benefited from the intelligence gleaned. We even provided questions to be asked of Al Qaeda's propaganda chief Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,