IT WAS A POWERFUL piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed.
The technology was designed by Endace, a little-known New Zealand company. And the important customer was the British electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.
Dozens of internal documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept and reported in cooperation with Television New Zealand, reveal the firm’s key role helping governments across the world harvest vast amounts of information on people’s private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories.
…so Endace which was seeded by taxpayer University money now has programs used by 5 Eyes, a Moroccan torture security agency and Israel.
John Key said NZ did not participate in mass surveillance despite being caught out lying at the Moment of Truth when Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange all sourced evidence showing our GCSB reassured the NSA that Key’s new spy laws would allow them to commit mass surveillance.
Here is John Key congratulating Endace on their mass security powers.
National are using this mass surveillance power to co-ordinate drone strikes, spy on beneficiaries, spy on social activists and are in the middle of giving the GCSB and SIS powers to break the law whenever they want.
No Government, Left or Right should have this level of power over their citizens. We are blindly allowing a Deep State to mutate in front of our eyes with window dressing accountability.
Part 2 of Dr David Small’s 3 part special on the new mass surveillance powers being rushed through Parliament will be posted on The Daily Blog Tuesday.