Here we go, the agency that helped smear Phil Goff for the PMs Office months before the 2011 election*, the agency that has been given millions more in funding, the agency that can spy without a warrant for 24 hours has been caught out again illegally spying on NZers…
Security Intelligence Service ‘broke the law’
New Zealand’s domestic spying agency twice failed to tell the intelligence watchdog that it was undertaking visual surveillance, the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security says.
…so the checks and balances we were told would exist when the SIS got the power to spy without warrants are once again useless.
But it gets better. There is now an investigation into how involved the SIS were with the illegal CIA kidnap and torture programmes...
The spying watchdog has “opened a can of worms” by investigating a potential New Zealand link to the CIA’s rendition programme, a security expert says.
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) Cheryl Gwyn yesterday revealed in her office’s annual report that she had opened an inquiry into whether New Zealand’s spying agencies had any connection to the CIA programme, which ran from 2001 to 2009.
Would NZers care about this? It depends, if it was a Labour Party in power, most of those who have no problem with it right now would be screaming about a fascist state and the news media would be playing it up, but because it’s bloody John Key, the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind just sit there purring.
If NZers were prepared to vote for John Key despite knowing he had lied about mass surveillance, despite knowing Key had rammed through law that allowed mass surveillance loopholes, despite knowing Key used the SIS to smear Phil Goff, despite knowing everything about dirty politics they won’t care that the SIS are illegally spying again or that we may have been involved in war atrocities.
Helping the CIA kidnap and torture individuals for freedom and democracy? It will only matter if it occurred while Labour were in power.
This is the sad state of political double standards that NZ now lives in. If you can create a false illusion of wealth with a 24% increase in property valuations, the middle classes will let you do what you like with the intelligence agencies.
*It’s interesting how involved the PM was over the issue that the SIS and his Office decided to smear Goff on. Goff was asking questions about two Israeli security teams who may have hacked the Police Crime Computer, the PM received 4 phone calls from the Israeli PM on the night of the earthquake. That’s interesting.