It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh.
Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the Government Communications Security Bureau. Key loves this straw man argument. He puts it up to knock down whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance. It’s designed to distract us from the mass surveillance programmes of New Zealanders by the US National Security Agency, the NSA’s storage of all our electronic communications and its availability for searching by any of the so-called “five eyes” countries – including the GCSB.
Key set up his beloved straw man again last night in response to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance of New Zealanders made at the Internet Party’s Town Hall event Monday night.
Snowden made plain that as an NSA contractor he could type in an email address or phone number for a New Zealander and gain immediate access to that person’s private on-line communications such as text messages, emails, phone calls, on-line searches etc
Here’s what Key told the Herald after the event:
“There is not, and has never been, a cable access surveillance programme operating in New Zealand. There is not, and has never been, mass surveillance of New Zealanders undertaken by the GCSB.”
Key’s love for the straw man is a pleasure to behold.
And what I also said yesterday was this:
“… the most important point is still that the GCSB is not operating in New Zealand’s interests but in the interests of the US and its global goals for political, economic and military dominance of the planet.”
To reclaim our national sovereignty and develop an independent foreign policy New Zealand must abolish the GCSB and close the NSA spybases (operated for the NSA by the GCSB) at Waihopai and Tangimoana.