Key’s enquiry into the GCSB report leak appears to have broken the law. He doesn’t give a damn. What a clear and timely example of exactly why Key and the GCSB can’t be trusted with further powers. “Nothing to hide nothing to fear” my arse.
Key’s enquiry raided Peter Dunne’s emails without his permission.
Key’s enquiry tracked Andrea Vance without her permission (Key claims innocence of course).
These actions appear to be illegal, and the Green Party has lodged a complaint with the Ombudsmen. I/S at No Right Turn identifies the Standing Order which has been broken, and reckons that heads must roll:
Spying on members and tracking who they communicate with clearly impedes them in their function as elected representatives. Spying on members of the press gallery for doing their job does the same (in that communicating with the media is one of the key functions of MPs). Henry shouldn’t just be investigated by the Ombudsman – he should be dragged before the Privileges Committee. As for the Parliamentary staff member(s) who so obligingly handed over information without once thinking about the constitutional implications, they must be sacked. There simply is no other remedy.
And Key’s response? Whatever…
PM has limited sympathy for Dunne’s email complaints
Prime Minister John Key has indicated he has little sympathy for Peter Dunne’s concerns that information about his emails was accessed without his permission during the inquiry into the leak of a sensitive GCSB report. …
Mr Key said he had some sympathy for concerns journalists such as Ms Vance may have about their metadata including information about their movements around the parliamentary complex being examined without their permission. That did not extend to Mr Dunne.
This arrogant disregard for the law and due process is completely typical of Key. As long as he is popular he doesn’t give a damn.
If Peter Dunne surrenders his vote to Key on the extension of GCSB powers after this grubby little episode then he has no self respect, and no respect for the privacy of New Zealanders.