The enormity of how far the State spied on citizens is only now starting to emerge…
… can we actually trust what has been revealed when Peter Hughes himself employed these tactics?
An ironic case of foxes and henhouses
The Government’s spooks and snoops have obviously been getting a bit cocky. But the announcement to investigate their use by government departments is highly ironic.
Because the guy calling the inquiry, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, was in charge of MSD when it was using private investigators. Particularly in court cases where the state was on the hook for serious liability. Like, say, when children in state care have been raped.
Hughes was the boss at MSD when the Crown defended the White case in 2007. The civil case was about many things but it was essentially a test case about the Crown’s liability for abuse of children in state welfare institutions. Crown Law and MSD chucked millions of dollars at defending it because they knew if they lost there were thousands of other victims they’d be paying out substantial damages to.
The Crown won on statute of limitations, although the judge accepted the allegations of sexual abuse by one of the main plaintiffs. This judgment set the precedent the Crown wanted and allowed the state to pay negligible amounts to claimants on terms that suited the Crown’s budget. If victims don’t like what they are offered, their only option is to go through the invasive interrogation of a QC acting for the Crown in a court, with little to no chance of winning. Despite a Royal Commission of Inquiry that’s still their only option.
The case received no media coverage, probably because of heavy suppression orders. But there were all sorts of details that didn’t appear in the proceedings.
…MSD HAD to win the 2007 case because they had been using so many corporate spies and mass surveillance powers in so many other cases, if they lost the 2007 case, it would have exposed them to multi-millions in damages.
So the person who was deeply involved in using corporate spies, is now all of a sudden reviewing what those corporate spies have been doing?
How hard has Peter searched?
These pieces of filth spied on abuse victims so that they could trip them up in court…
Physically, sexually and psychologically abused in state care, two brothers sought legal redress and damages from the Government.
Rather than take responsibility and show contrition, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Crown Law hired private investigators to dig up dirt on witnesses.
This is one of the most shocking findings of an inquiry into the use of external security consultants by government agencies, like Crown Law and MSD.
The brothers – abused by a cook at a state-run school – were subjected to courtroom questioning which suggested they consented to abuse in receiving cigarettes.
MSD’s boss at the time was Peter Hughes. He is now head of the entire state service.
…this demands a far deeper question, who actually runs things here? The politicians or the Public Servants?
Just like $120m Meth Hysteria that saw hundreds homeless, no piece of public service filth will be held to account because Governments of all hues are too gutless!
Is this Government too spineless and frightened of the PSA to sack public servants?
Are our politicians merely a facade of democracy while the unaccountable Ministries really run things?
After seeing how Housing NZ destroyed lives based on a myth, after seeing MSD attempt to imprison and damage beneficiaries by defining loans as income, after seeing the cruelty of the state in dealing with the most vulnerable amongst us time after time after time – learning public service scum have spied on us the people should be the final straw!
The Left look at the State as the great leveller of unregulated Capitalism, but what if the State is part the bloody problem in crucifying the poorest and weakest amongst us?
The neoliberal revolution that occurred in NZ changed our public services from being the instruments that facilitated egalitarianism into psychotic corporations focused on making rather than doing. The neoliberal welfare State is there to punish and damage, it is not there to look after the welfare of those people.
The radical Left needs to consider targeting the State for an existential change.
For all the crocodile tears – which public servant will be sacked?
Fuck the ‘it won’t happen again’ bullshit!
Sack the fuckers!