The Internet Party’s first draft policy on the GCSB was released this week with a solid desire to look at pulling out of the 5 eyes arrangement.
How NZ balances America and China as they look to the Pacific as their new cold war friction point is one of the most important foreign affairs challenges facing NZ. China wants control over NZ by being our largest dairy consumer while assimilating our Political class with wealthy Chinese businessmen in a way that makes the Borg like inefficient while America wants to force us into a ‘free trade’ deal via the TPPA which will make our economic sovereignty a joke and give their corporations free reign over NZ.
It is impossible to resolve this challenge without taking a long hard look at our role in America’s 5 eyes spying arrangement. Last year the anger at what the Government were proposing with their mass surveillance powers was enough to fill the Auckland Town Hall, a rare feat in NZ politics. What will be necessary for that anger to reignite are the Snowden NZ revelations due to be released at around the same time Kim Dotcom’s evidence against Key are heard. The combination of those revelations with the possible deal between MANA and the Internet Party mean the chances of revoking the mass surveillance powers AND radically reviewing our role in the 5 eyes are genuine.
Watch for new actions against the GCSB to ensure this issue is on the political radar for the election.
NZ should be an independent nation, not a spying stooge for the bloody yanks. Wellington should be controlled by NZ, not Washington or Beijing.