Did the USA "lean" on the NZ Government, forcing them to shut down
the DIY cruise missile project by fair means or foul?
Watch this investigative report by NZ's leading
news and current affairs TV program then decide for yourself and, if you wish,
send me your comments
As Seen on TV
The following documentary aired on New Zealand television in April of this year
and explored the events surrounding the NZ Government's underhanded attempts
to shut down the DIY cruise missile project.
Trying to fit the entire story into a 15-minute segment of the top-rating
current events show was obviously a difficult task, meaning some important
things were omitted and other minor factual errors were made, namely:
- the pulsejet shown on my jetkart is not the X-Jet, it is the conventional Lockwood
derived design I've been using on this vehicle for a couple of years. Details
of the X-Jet can be found here.
- the UAV shown is *not* a product of the US company with who I struck a
licensing/manufacturing deal -- this was simply file footage the producers
had onhand and chose to use.
- my debt with the IRD (the NZ equivalent of the IRS) consisted of two
components -- the actual amount of the overdue taxes (which had already been
paid in full) and an amount consisting of penalties and interest levied as
a result of the late payment.
It should be noted that the vast majority of
the debt had already been repaid and only a relatively small amount remained.
I had also made a lump-sum payment of one quarter the entire outstanding amount just weeks
before the bankruptcy action was taken. At that time, the IRD knew full well
that they would obtain no money by bankrupting me and indeed, their actions
would make it impossible for me to continue with a payment schedule that would
have seen the debt totally repaid within nine months. While repaying this
money, I never missed a promised payment and in all other respects was perfectly up to
date and compliant with my tax filing.
The IRD had been happily accepting my payments for two years, until the
cruise missile project drew the scorn of the US government -- then everything
There was no fiscal case for the bankruptcy and,
according to an Ernst & Young tax expert (with whom the IRD refused to meet)
I should actually have been eligible under NZ tax law, for relief from the
massive level of penalties I was still repaying.
That said, the video can be viewed in WMV format here as a 100Kbps
streaming media file (10MB in length).
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then play it.
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