The facts simply don’t stack up in the Kim Dotcom case do they? The overt American desire and interest to gain a conviction over Dotcom. The total capitulation of our security apparatus to those American interests and a Prime Minister willing to turn as many blind eyes as necessary to get a ‘free trade’ deal signed with Corporate Uncle Sam.
The latest revelations that Key’s defense of the GCSB is in fact a smoke screen lie should no longer surprise.
This entire case is a farce wrapped in a thin tissue of absurdity.
Seeing as the very same Hollywood corporations currently attempting to legally hang Kim Dotcom were the same ones trying to previously do business with him, who is the actual pirate here remains a moot point.
What we are seeing is the symptom of a titanic shift in attention by two super powers. The Pacific is now the new Sino-US cold war and New Zealand is a frontline.
A true Super Power has soft power, military power and economic power. America has soft power and military power, but is hemorrhaging economic power. China has economic power, very little external cultural soft power and a far less sophisticated military power. What America is focusing on NZ is soft power and economic power.
The current Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is not a trade deal. Out of the 29 chapters only 5 relate to trade, the rest are about deregulating our entire economy for the ease of American Corporations. This isn’t a trade deal, the Americans see it as a means of dominating NZ so China can’t. The TPPA is one vast national security leash.
The same is true of this case against Dotcom. The soft power of Corporate Hollywood keeps American culture and values at the top of the perception of those it dominates. Our TV and Radio is stacked with it, C4 even play the same shows the week they are screened in America so that NZers feel in the loop in an online pop culture world. The arrest of Dotcom is an attempt by the US to establish their jurisdiction over cyber space and cement the intellectual property interests of Hollywood into our culture.
NZs bumbling incompetence to chase Dotcom seems karma-like when you consider the darker motives of America in hunting Kim down in the first place.
Let’s hope our judicial system is strong enough and independent enough to ensure the rule of law in New Zealand can not be warped by American interests.