John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies


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John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship.

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.

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  1. Key would love us all to be as brainless as the straw man called Scarecrow in the “Wizard of Oz”. This proved to be an illusion by the end of the book, let’s hope the same scenario plays out on polling day for this election.

  2. Way to go John.
    Good luck getting into Parliament on Sat night, and then get these anti-democratic laws and organisation into a tight and very short democratically controlled leash.

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  3. Lets make sure we as a small island nation show these one world govt arseholes we still got some fire in our bellies and we aint takin their bloody bullshit !!

    For the sake of this generation , and for future generations , this election ….

    VOTE LEFT !!!!

  4. HI, why are we hearing nothing about the Trans Pacific Trade Deal?? Where do the Parties stand on this issue??
    Are we New Zealanders really really happy to be part of a global corporate takeover?
    What is going on here?

    • Diane. Yes you are right. If we join the TPPA we are finished. We are dead as a country and a people! And re the elections.I just hope that the pundits are all wrong and National gets a drubbing. Personally even as an oldie,73, I want to see the Internet Mana Party surprise the hell out of everybody!

  5. Isin!t the KEY BOY,putting the gouge in the eye of Inernet/Mana.How affraid is he of the youth vote they are going to pull.Even today,Internet and the German,N.Z.DONT WHANT THAT.Are not the the farm fences whistling as their owners lean on them and shiver,Internet /Mana.

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