Just so that we all comprehend what this decision by the Police not to charge themselves over spying on Dotcom means – when the NZ Police & their para-military proxies break the law, but don’t ‘intend to break the law’, it’s okay.
Welcome to the new reality.
The true horror of what we have allowed John Key to pass as GCSB legislation is now dawning. ‘They’ get to define and interpret ‘their’ intentions and thus can never fall foul of any meaningful check or balance.
Take the staggering revelations this week that the NZ Police have requested Facebook hand over the details of 119 NZ Facebook users in only the first 6 months of this year. What is most interesting about this is that Facebook turned down 42% of them. What was it the NZ Police were trying to access that made Facebook turn them now almost half the time? Under TICS and the GCSB legislation, Facebook may not find itself able to resist future requests.
It is deeply concerning that NZ was the 8th worst abuser of Facebook by the Police out of the top 20 countries.
John Key’s performance on Campbell Live is looking less polished confidence and more maliciously hollow.
As the ever brilliant Keith Ng puts it, “GCSB assistance” is basically “NSA assistance”, so when the Police asks for GCSB help, it’s actually getting NSA help.