This was barely focused upon last week…
Spy watchdog: No assurances for agencies
The watchdog tasked with overseeing the country’s spy agencies says it is not yet possible to say that they have adequate systems in place to ensure correct behaviour.
The annual report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn has been tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister John Key.
Ms Gwyn has powers that allow her to access all premises and documents of the intelligence and security agencies, and to require the appearance of witnesses under oath.
Her annual report must also outline an assessment of the compliance systems of the intelligence agencies, and comes after revelations of illegal spying on New Zealanders.
However, Ms Gwyn said today that it is not yet possible to give assurances that the two agencies have comprehensive compliance regimes.
“Due to my limited time in the role and challenges to adequately resource the Office during the reporting year, I am not yet able to certify that either the NZSIS [the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service] or GCSB [Government Communications Security Bureau] has overall systems that are sound.
That does not necessarily mean the compliance systems are unsound.
“While I am not able at this stage to certify the agencies’ compliance, I am encouraged by the significant progress made by the GCSB following the Kitteridge report. The GCSB has devoted significant resources and organisational focus to compliance matters.
..with all due respect, what a load of fucking bullshit! These spy agencies have been caught red handed illegally spying on NZers, colluding with the PMs Office to smear the Leader of the Opposition months before the 2011 election and they have been outed by Edward Snowden telling the NSA that the GCSB legislation allowed mass surveillance while Key was telling us it didn’t.
What has happened since that? Has anyone been arrested? Has there been any curtailing of power? No, not at all – shockingly enough Key has given these intelligence agencies 24 hour warrantless spying, vast increases in budget, retrospective legislation wiping all their illegal spying clean, mass surveillance laws, the power to force Telcos to grant the GCSB backdoor entry to all their networks and all these erosions of our civil liberties were rammed through Parliament under urgency.
To have the farcical oversight we have been given report they don’t really know if the Intelligence Agencies Key abused to win the 2011 election are actually conducting lawful activities is just not fucking good enough!
If this was any other democracy, people would be on the streets demanding accountability.
Unfortunately the Cricket World Cup is on.