Can anyone honestly believe the horse shit John Key is feeding us?
We need to allow the GCSB to spy on NZers because ‘someone’ tried to hack NZ for WMD technology???
So what NZ WMD was this? The dreaded poison sheep dip, the horrifying nuclear kiwifruit or the terrible stealth gumboot?
After appointing his childhood school chum to be the Director overlooking the Dotcom fiasco, Key had no credibility, but now he’s evoked WMDs as the justification to make illegal spying legal, he is in danger of never regaining it.
Let’s remind ourselves of the legislation that apparently has confounded and confused our top spy agency so much shall we?
This is s.14 of the GCSB Act…
14. Interceptions not to target domestic communications
Neither the Director, nor an employee of the Bureau, nor a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may authorise or take any action for the purpose of intercepting the communications of a person (not being a foreign organisation or a foreign person)who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
…it can not be any ore crystal clear than that. That is the spirit of the law, that is the intention of the law. The Bore Babylon, David Farrar is spinnig hard for the Government trying to cook up all sorts of sauces and herbs to flavour this as just some great big misunderstanding between agencies.
The reason Key is panicking and trying to spook the country is because the Government must justify spying on 88 NZers or else face increasing pressure to release the names and the very second the people are identified they will sue the Government for damages just as Kim Dotcom will.
If Kim Dotcom deserved an apology, why doesn’t all the other NZers who have been illegally spied on deserve an apology? By manufacturing Weapons of Mass Destruction as the justification, Key hopes to sweep the entire event through Parliament and most likely attempt to make the changes retrospective while allowing the GCSB to spy on NZers in the future.
Sadly the gutless and spineless NZ Labour Party will fold and give Key the votes he so desperately craves.
For those on the right crowing that this is a nothing beltway story that no one cares about – you are wrong! This cuts to the very heart of power and politics, to try and gloss over it is part of the problem, not the solution.
Key is the wolf that cried sarin gas.