So, here’s the play. Key’s been caught asleep at the wheel of our spies. 88 people illegally spied on. Key knew last July, but didn’t act until the Dotcom case brought things out in September. The Nats’ goal is to deflect blame from Key (and spies who could leak against him). So, they’re blaming the law. They want us to believe the law that clearly states the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis was ‘confusing’.
More specifically, they want us to believe that it wasn’t clear that the GCSB couldn’t spy on Kiwis on behalf of other organisations like the Police and the SIS. That’s bullshit, of course. Any moron could see that. The law says the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis. It doesn’t say ‘the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis unless it’s doing it for someone else who asks nicely’.
The guy who wrote the law was the same guy who was GCSB’s legal advisor. There’s simply no way that he could have been confused about the intent of the law even if some mythical wording problems exist (and they don’t, they just fucken don’t – that’s why the Nats haven’t pointed out any).
This ‘it’s the law’s fault’ line is just a way of preventing everyone saying its Key’s fault and the fault of the spies he was meant to be keeping an eye on.
And, talking of Key’s lax oversight, the Minister for Being Asleep at the Wheel said today that the first time he learned that there was a problem with GCSB illegally spying was in July when he old buddy Fletcher told him about it. It’s just not credible that Fletcher wouldn’t have been mentioned the illegal Dotcom spying at this point – the GCSB had already had an internal debate over the spying’s legality and weeks later it would be in court trying to suppress the fact of its involvement in said spying with a unique Ministerial Warrant. Yet Key has always insisted that the first time he became aware of any illegal spying by GCSB, including any spying on Dotcom, was in September.
The difference is vital – not only has Key been lying about when he was in the loop but, if he was involved in July, then he was involved before GCSB had Bill English acting on Key’s behalf sign the one and only Ministerial Warrant ever issued for the GCSB covering up its illegal spying on Dotcom. In other words, Key was involved in the cover-up.
And that explains why Key took that mysterious trip to the US just at the right time so that English would sign the Ministerial Warrant and not Key.
This, all of this, is about trying to keep Brand Key clear of the dirty, shoddy behaviour of Key and his spies.