Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, August 21st, 2013 - 46 comments
Categories: activism, david shearer, john key, Spying - Tags: bunny mcdiarmid, CTU, GCSB, greenpeace, privacy, privacy under attack, Spying
John Key (the PM who has on multiple occasions overspent the budget on his own protection staff) really dug himself a hole when he accused opposition leaders of wanting to “run for the hills” in case of a terrorist attack. Not only did David Shearer get to remind him of the occasions that he has been under fire – and run to help – but now some other voices have chimed in too.
As Russel Norman pointed out last night, the only two organisations in NZ who have actually been attacked, Greenpeace and the CTU, are both opposed to the Key-Dunne spying Bill. Here is a statement from Greenpeace’s Bunny McDiarmid:
I was targeted by terrorists and I don’t need the GCSB
I have been targeted by terrorists.
I am one of the very few people who has been subjected to a terrorist attack in New Zealand.
And I am absolutely opposed to John Key’s GCSB bill. It is an invasion of privacy that allows the Government to spy on people like you and me, and it’s a step too far.
I was crew on board the Rainbow Warrior in 1985 when French secret service agents, sanctioned by their government, laid bombs against her hull in the middle of the night whilst we all slept. One of our crew died in the subsequent explosions. It was a supposedly ‘friendly’ government that did this in Auckland Harbour, and their intention was to stop us from a peaceful protest at sea against nuclear testing in French Polynesia.
Today, as he trotted out his glib lines trying to justify the snooper’s charter, John Key said that those people opposed to the bill – that’s nine in ten of us, according to the polling on Campbell Live last night – would ‘run for the hills’ if there was a terrorist attack in New Zealand.
Well, John, you’re wrong. There has been a terrorist attack in New Zealand. I was one of those targeted. And I didn’t run for the hills then, and I’m not now. And, let me be absolutely clear: I am completely opposed to your GCSB bill. …
More than three-quarters of New Zealanders have expressed concern about expanded spying laws in a new poll, scotching Prime Minister John Key’s assertions that the public don’t care.
Andrea Vance has an excellent piece demystifying Key’s lies on what the Bill does and does not do.
The always excellent Gordon Campbell weighs in with a typically thorough analysis.
I/S and No Right Turn summarises the question of NSA funding of the GCSB.
3 News has a timeline of GCSB related events.
A last ditch campaign is mounted to find a government MP who will cross the floor…
The Daily Blog has a selection of letters from prominent Kiwis asking John Key to ditch the Bill.
The Law Society has (according to Radio Live) reiterated its concerns about the Bill.
Nat poodle David Farrar tries to defend the Bill by claiming “Labour did it too”. Naturally his side by side analysis of the two bills tries to obfuscate the fact that in 2003 the GCSB was explicitly forbidden from spying on Kiwis, under the Key-Dunne Bill it is not. Compare his spin with the Andrea Vance piece and The Law Society’s comments here, here, and full submission.
Dame Anne Salmond has written another strongly worded article condemning the Bill and the role of the media in reporting it.
On and on and on it goes. I want to finish by quoting the final words of McDiarmid’s post above:
Look, John. We don’t want your GCSB bill. And we won’t be running for the hills.
Pretty soon, we’ll be running for the polls.