Phoebe Fletcher makes a very valid point, how & why Dunne resigned is nowhere as important as what he was trying to reveal.
Whether Dunne was having a mid-life crisis and was flirting with Andrea Vance is of no significance whatsoever in light of what Dunne was revealing.
And let’s remind ourselves exactly what it was that Dunne revealed, that the NZ Government were illegally spying on over 80 NZers using the massive GCSB spy network that was set up to spy on foreign intelligence targets.
Our focus on the fluff on this issue as opposed to what was revealed begs the following question…
Dear NZ – why are you allowing Key to ram through the same GCSB powers to Meta spy that have just been revealed by the Guardian? Why are you so slow to rise up when the rest of the world is screaming?
…the shocking revelations that the US have been spying on the very Meta information that Key and Winston are about to greenlight the GCSB to conduct should have every NZ citizen on their feet demanding these first goose steps towards a Police State be halted immediately.
Sadly for NZ, our deeply ingrained anti-intellectual culture is pacified by Key’s nonchalant ‘I’m comfortable with that’ answers and we wrap ourselves in the comfort blanket of ‘if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear’ sophistry.
While the rest of the Western World burns with these revelations, we hasten to make them legal and everyday.
Dunne’s resignation is a nothing issue compared to what his leak has revealed and our media’s lack of attention on that is the damnable sin.
What Key and Winston are trying to do with these expanded GCSB powers should be leading the news every day, but it isn’t. What we are seeing with the vast expansion of these spying powers is the end of privacy for the individual as we know it. It’s a 21st century Stasi with all the horrors that brings with it. We should never willingly give any Government vast unchecked surveillance powers. This isn’t for our safety, it’s for our subjugation.
Perhaps the mainstream media will only step up if they sense their interests are also in danger? What would happen if it was revealed that these systems had been used to spy on NZ journalists? What would the reaction be if that were the case?
Perhaps we might find out sooner than we expect…