I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here.
You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour warrantless searches with safe guards so loose they could poke the Eye of Mordor through. There is no reason for warrantless searches, they can get a warrant any time. Trying to claim this was an act of moderation is bullshit in the extreme.
The SIS just got caught out working with the PMs Office to falsify SIS briefing notes to smear the Leader of the Opposition months before an election for Christ’s sake. That agency now has warrantless spying. You can call that a victory as much as you like. I call it for the shit sandwich it actually is. And if you were being honest and not partisan, that’s the same conclusion you would come to.
In the mean time, the SIS can carry out warrantless spying. What a victory. And in 3 years, if the SIS are caught AGAIN using these powers to smear the leader of the Opposition months out from the election, what exactly do we do then?
John Key just mugged Democracy and the Labour Party stamped its feet got some minuscule concessions that don’t really have any safeguards and voted for it anyway. Cuddling up to an authority worshiping muddle Nu Zilind so as to not look weak on national security isn’t principled.
Sure. It’ll win them the election as the confidence in Little’s bluntness attracts those now about to hurt from the economic slowdown. But it cost us a huge slice of our civil liberties.
If Little doesn’t pledge to replace this via a comprehensive review to roll back mass surveillance powers, then he and the Labour Party he represents is no friend of the Left or working New Zealanders.
They’ll then be just as bad.