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The Rise and Rise of Daddy State: MSD blackmails NGOs for private data

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

To date, New Zealanders have been mostly apathetic as the government build up it’s ability to spy and store personal information on us. Most of the government’s “targets” have been so-called “terrorists”, immigrants, criminals, student-debt defaulters, and those on welfare benefits or living in state houses.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr David Small – NZ Spy Agencies – Holding Them To Account 3 part Special – Part 3

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The NZ Intelligence and Security Bill is the culmination of twenty years of increases in the powers of NZ’s spy agencies. It gives them everything they could hope for. The Bill radically broadens the focus of the SIS and the GCSB so they can run operations on almost anything. It allows them to do literally anything to advance on operation or to cover it up. It allows them to co-opt anybody else into an operation. And it grants immunity from prosecution to everyone involved.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr David Small – NZ Spy Agencies – Holding them to Account special 3 part series

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

When New Zealand amended the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) Act in 1996, it was the first significant change in almost 20 years. The 20 years since that amendment have seen a constant stream of law changes extending the powers of the country’s spies. The Intelligence and Security Bill currently before Parliament is the latest of these. In this series of three articles, I outline why I think this Bill represents the most disturbing attack to date on the rights and freedoms of New Zealanders.

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It’s not who spied on Key or the All Blacks that matters – it’s the GCSB spying on us that matters

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

As a nation we are so easily manipulated by distractions.

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Spies Given More Powers In Spite Of Their Failures – CAFCA

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Spies Given More Powers In Spite Of Their Failures – CAFCA

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) are being handed more powers by the Government, and given legal backing for spying on New Zealanders, in spite of yet another example of their wrongdoings being exposed this week. It has been revealed that in 2012 the two agencies harassed and persecuted […]

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And the Government are about to pass more spying powers

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

At some point NZers have to swallow their pride and knowledge they’ve voted in a power abusing lunatic who maliciously twists fear and manipulates stupidity to give the GCSB, SIS and NSA stasi like powers that are an anathema to any progressive modern state.

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Coming soon: A terror alert near you!

By   /  March 22, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

It could safely be argued that stories of “jihai brides” would scare the bejeezus out of the public, in the process softening opinion to welcome extending the powers of the SIS and GCSB. If so, this would be a cynical ploy by National and our spy agencies to manipulate public opinion to accept the unpalatable; a massive increase in state surveillance and mass-gathering of data on all NZers.

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Dear Michael Cullen: the GCSB is not International Rescue!

By   /  March 13, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

When a spokesperson for the government tries to employ scare-tactics to persuade the public that increasing surveillance powers for various arms of the State – in this case the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) – is warranted, then suspicions arise.

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What you are not being told about the ‘Jihadi Brides’

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The ease with which John Key and the GCSB are able to manipulate the fawning mainstream media is honestly an art form.

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Big Bro’ is Watching You!

By   /  November 9, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

In case anyone has missed the point, Dita DeBoni’s column is a direct warning to the citizens of this country.

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EXCLUSIVE: The truth about GCSB spin

By   /  October 4, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

In effect, the GCSB’s “new role” has moved from intelligence gathering (ie, finding out who is supposedly – and I use that word deliberately – launching “cyber attacks” against us) – to one of being a State-funded-and-operated, quasi-Norton Anti-Virus agency?
Is this credible?

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GCSB begin marketing campaign to con NZers

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

That’s right folks, the GCSB isn’t a stooge for America and doesn’t feed all it’s info directly to the NSA for their own purposes, it’s really a giant cuddly anti-virus system that keeps your computer safe.

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GUEST BLOG: Murray Horton – Submission of the Anti-Bases Campaign to the Intelligence and Security Review

By   /  August 15, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The Anti-Bases Campaign wishes to express its very great disappointment with this review.

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Let’s get this straight – Police Officer didn’t perjure himself because ‘surveillance’ is different from ‘communications intercepted’

By   /  August 8, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

So Wormald didn’t lie, he was just referring to surveillance as intercepted communications which is completely different from surveillance.

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Revolution In Pipitea Street: The Listener celebrates the Baby-Boomer takeover of the SIS and the GCSB

By   /  August 8, 2015  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

A front-page story in the Listener, reassuring the Baby-Boomers that the SIS and GCSB are now being run by people just like themselves, was bound to prove very helpful – especially now.

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National Minister refers to PM as “Wild Eyed” Right-Winger!

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

It’s not often that Ministers of this increasingly desperate and inept government make a statement that is unerringly accurate – but on Friday 15 May, on Radio NZ’s Morning Report, GCSB Minister, Chris Finlayson did just that.

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