Our spies monitored email and internet traffic about international diplomats vying for the job of director-general of the World Trade Organisation – a job for which National Government Trade Minister Tim Groser was competing.
The spying operation was active in 2013 and called the “WTO Project” by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), according to a top secret document obtained by the Herald and United States news site The Intercept.
The operation involved covert surveillance of candidates from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jordan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and South Korea.
This spying breaches the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and it’s a breach of section 14 of the GCSB Act, so how do you feel sleepy hobbits? I need to know.
You believed John Key after the Moment of Truth didn’t you? You believed the allegations of mass surveillance were all a big communist conspiracy just like Dirty Politics was supposedly all just a big communist conspiracy didn’t you? You believed the GCSB was just a glorified Norton anti-virus program didn’t you? You believed that any powers were being used to protect your wee bottoms from domestic Muslim terror threats, didn’t you Sleepy Hobbits?
Turns out, everything said at the Moment of truth was true. Turns out mass surveillance is happening. Turns out the PM’s Office colluded with the SIS to frame Phil Goff with false smears months out from the 2011 election. Turns out we are America’s nark in the South Pacific. Turns out we are spying on our trading partners. Turns out we are using these spy powers to bloody well try and get Tim fucking Groser onto the WTO!!!
How is using the all seeing powers of the 5 Eyes Club to spy on who becomes the next WTO director-general protecting NZ from domestic terror threats???
The reality is that those who voted National in 2014 don’t care that everything Key has had to say on mass surveillance is a lie because those who vote National loath the Left so much so that they believe any tactic is acceptable to keep progressive politics that might challenge their privilege out of power.
But hush my mouth sleepy hobbits, we’ve got a Cricket World cup to win, we have the X Factor to fret over, people secretly pooing in pools and we have Poppy farting on her first date on The Bachelor to obsess over.
And what’s Labour going to do? Well other than voting for the SIS to have 24 hour warrantless searches and Andrew Little telling us he’s a little less worried with GCSB mass surveillance spying, and appointing David Shearer (who wanted to cut a secret deal with Key over the legislation) onto the Intelligence Review committee rather than the Greens, it seems bugger all.
If you aren’t angry, you are not paying attention and you are not paying attention because the mainstream media in NZ is a celebration of wilful ignorance.