I’m not surprised by the Court of Appeal Kim Dotcom decision.
There was no way this Court was going to make a call that was anything other than a rubber stamping of what had come up from below in a case as crucial to the very sovereignty of our legal jurisdiction as this one has become.
This colossal clusterfuck by the Executive in acquiescing to American power will have to be cleaned up by the other branch of Government, the Judiciary and in that most hallowed of star chambers, our Supreme Court will be asked one simple question.
Who has legal sovereignty in Aotearoa? NZ Law, or American law.
Add the illegal activity of the NZ Police, SIS and GCSB to gain the warrant and arrest and the weakness of this case has always been under reported.
When the NZ Secret Intelligence Service intervened with Immigration NZ to grant residency so that they could trap Dotcom in NZ for the Police to arrest him, none of the agencies involved would have thought for one second that Dotcom would have the money and power to reveal their illegal actions, reveal their lies and reveal their incompetence with such embarrassing laser like focus.
This case represents the biggest existential question of our country, does America rule us or are we sovereign?
If the Supreme Court rules in favour of America having power over us, burn the flag because it will mean nothing. America will have had a huge win in their cold war against China by clearly branding these Isles as owned by Donal J Trump. Expect a Chinese response.
If the Supreme Court rules in favour of Kim Dotcom, we are immediately on the hook for $6.8billion in damages. There would be an immediate shockwave as markets adjusted to the reality that the NZ Government would have to pay billions in damages. Political protest would erupt as NZers suddenly realised what Key and English had signed us up to and outrage from Māori as they compare the paltry $1.5billion in damages they were paid for the theft of NZ to the $6.8billion Dotcom would be demanding.
We have two enormous powers hurtling towards each other at great speed now at the Supreme Court. On one side, Dotcom’s fierce will, tenacity and wealth up against the mass surveillance state and American corporate geopolitical interests.
If this goes all the way, it will impact everyone and everything.
To avoid this, someone from the Government should start thinking of cutting a deal with Dotcom before the Supreme Court forces the issue.