The New Zealand Defence Force is proud of its record in Afghanistan. It has received widespread praise for its reconstruction work in Bamiyan province. Its SAS troopers are admired for their skills and bravery. But right from its first deployment in 2001, and continuing today, the SAS has been forced to become complicit in human rights abuses. They don’t choose to, and it’s fair to assume they don’t like it. In Canada and Denmark, the exact same thing has led to legal action — and that could happen here too. This is a story our political and military leaders — including Governor-General designate Jerry Mateparae — don’t want told.