And so the great SIS fishing expedition begins.
The scare tactics for ISIS was to allow for even more surveillance laws.
Our forces will go to Iraq to blah blah blah and they won’t blah blah blah. The loophole to all of Key’s weasel words is that if innocent civilians are threatened are forces can engage, so that loophole can be played out any way the NZDF thinks it can get away with.
America gets its pretence of international support for their war on ISIS, our Army get to adventure around and justify their existence and the Government get a new toy for the SIS to spy on a suspect for 48 hours without a warrant.
Seeing the contempt Key admittedly treats OIAs, the speed with which these 48 hour warrantless spying becomes the norm should surprise no one. The extreme will become the minimum and what the SIS will embark upon are vast fishing expeditions to spy on people over 48 hours to just see what they can catch.
How the hell warrantless spying of you in your bedroom makes any of us safer hasn’t been explained. No amount of ‘if-you-have-nothing-to-hide-you-have-nothing-to-fear’ justifies a weekend of filming you in your lounge when you think you are alone. This is a gross intrusion of the State right into our homes based on a manufactured threat.
Seeing as the new team Key has put together to advise him on emerging terror threats have such a loud business voice on it, environmentalists will quickly become the target of these new spying powers.
This is the politics of fear and it is an erosion of our civil liberties for corporate rights.
Key pushed the terrorist button and he’s gotten the frightened agreement.