Before the SIS had to appear this week in front of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, they rushed out some propaganda…
As New Zealanders prepared to vote last year for who they thought should form the next Government, potential threats to the integrity of October’s general election were being intercepted.
Newshub can reveal the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) identified and responded to “fewer than 10” leads relating to the general election, which had been postponed due to COVID-19.
…isn’t that convenient folks? As the SIS desperately attempt to gloss over their cascade failure to stop a white supremacist terrorist from committing an atrocity in Christchurch (and the most recent revelation that they haven’t been monitoring 4Chan at all) they suddenly have all this ‘evidence’ of how much they are ‘protecting us’ during the election.
Cool story bro.
If these threats were so real, why did they dump investigating them during Covid? Does the SIS honestly expect us to believe they walked away from investigating legitimate threats to the integrity of the NZ election from external actors because the HR department said everyone had to work from home?
So the SIS are less Mission Impossible and more ‘Dependent on what my PSA rep says’.
There were no legitimate threats to our election! It is bullshit propaganda the SIS are pushing while fending off questions like, ‘why the fuck do you have time to spy on Nicky Hager and breach his civil rights for embarrassing a National Government who gave you a huge increase in powers and resources and yet you can’t catch a red flagged white supremacist who spends 2 years criss crossing the border while you are picking up downloads for white supremacist manifestos in his area’?
You know, questions like that.
Their appearance in front of the Intelligence and Security Committee was even worse…
Kitteridge said the NZSIS relies on receiving information from many sources.
“We continue to value information provided by the public. Public information has always been, and will remain, crucial to alerting us to issues of concern and providing us with leads,” she said.
…let m get this straight, despite the most extreme mass surveillance powers on the face of the known planet, the SIS are relying on tip offs?
“We can also generate our own leads, by accessing information networks and data holdings beyond our own to ensure we can see as many dots as possible and discover unknown threats.”
But Kitteridge said that’s not to say the NZSIS monitors the entire internet.
…this is disingenuous bullshit, we aren’t asking the SIS to do mass surveillance here, we are asking them to have a google alert on 4Chan FFS!
Pretending they don’t have mass surveillance powers is to quietly draw back from any obligation that the SIS fucked up…
“Unlike the public, the tools we use are subject to careful controls. Our work must be targeted, necessary and proportionate, and comply with the law. We need to take into account ethical, privacy and human rights considerations.”
You mean like the way you illegally spying on Nicky Hager?
Where the fuck was this “targeted, necessary, proportionate, and comply with the law” stance when you were breaking Nicky Hager’s civil rights you fucking liars?
New Zealand’s domestic spy agency has apologised to investigative journalist Nicky Hager for unlawfully helping the Defence Force try to uncover one of his sources.
The Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security has upheld a complaint by Hager against the NZSIS (Security Intelligence Service) over assistance it gave to the NZDF in attempting to figure out whether a military officer they suspected was one of the sources for the 2011 book Other People’s Wars.
The book covered New Zealand’s participation in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The spy agency’s efforts included collecting two months’ of Hager’s home and mobile phone records. The source was never identified.
The only honest thing the SIS told the Committee was this…
Kitteridge said intelligence sharing with allies – particularly the Five Eyes group including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States – is very useful for New Zealand.
…this is the loophole that all 5 Eye Members use when they want to spy on their own domestic population. We get other nations spies to spy on our domestic targets to side step domestic laws so if the SIS had made white supremacy terrorism a priority to the other 5 Eye nations, they would have provided us with intel.
Hilariously Kitteridge then undermines her own propaganda about the SIS claiming they had protected our election by saying…
she was pleased to confirm the NZSIS did not detect any significant state-driven interference in last year’s election.
…r-i-g-h-t so this earlier claim the SIS had protected us from threats to the 2020 election was the bullshit I claimed it to be at the start of this blog!
We spend $200m each year on these agencies to keep us safe from the ‘what ifs’
The SIS (Secret Intelligence Services)
The GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau)
The NSG (National Security Group)
The CNSN (Cabinet National Security Committee)
The ODESC (Officials’ Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination)
The SIB (Security and Intelligence Board)
The CTCC (Counter-Terrorism Coordinating Committee)
The NICC ( National Intelligence Coordination Committee)
The IAD (Intelligence and Assessments Directorate)
The NRU (National Risk Unit) and the NSPD (National Security Policy Directorate).
Why aren’t we safe?
I spy with my 5 Eyes something beginning with 1984.
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