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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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Black Ops from the SIS and FBI?

By   /  November 1, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  110 Comments

Two days ago (28 October), FBI Director, James B. Comey, sent a letter to the US Congress disclosing that the Bureau was investigating newly-discovered emails from disgraced former US Congressman, Anthony Weiner.

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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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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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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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Today’s irony was brought to you courtesy of former ACT MP and Govt Minister, Rodney Hide

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Either Rodney Hide is taking the piss, or Karma has well and truly caught up with one of the National Government’s previous political flunkies;

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When the teflon is stripped away…

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [ TV3’s Lisa Owen on “The Nation”, and our esteemed  Prime Minister] was a moment when […]

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“Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man

By   /  August 17, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome recesses of right wing politics in this country. Defeatist cynics (like Mike Hosking) have shrugged and said, “well, we knew it was like this”.
No, we did not.

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Online Voting – no longer a viable option post-2013

By   /  June 10, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There has been public debate recently on the prospect of employing online voting for local body and general elections. The suggestion is made to counter falling voting numbers, as the 2011 general election recorded the lowest voter turn-out (74.21%) since 1887.

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