Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 4th, 2016 - 19 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, defence, law and "order", rumour - Tags: be afraid, GCSB, Spying, Surveillance state, terrorism
Terror threat to New Zealand revealed in security handbook
New Zealand’s top security systems were activated to deal with a serious domestic terrorism threat, it has emerged.
Concrete evidence has emerged that there has been an actual attempt to carry out a terrorist attack on New Zealand soil.
The security services will release no details of how the plot was foiled or when it emerged….
“Concrete evidence” of which we have “no details”. Hooookay.
I don’t want to be too flippant about this, maybe our security stopped someone nuking Auckland, in which case, cheers, thanks very much. But without details it is a bit hard to take seriously. Folk on twitter had fun with it – see #KiwiTerrorPlots including:
• Someone conspired to steal all the Pineapple Lumps.
• Screening Sevensharp on every single TV channel in NZ.
• Peas are added to Mac&Cheese.
• Novopay responsible for EVERYBODY’s paycheck.
• Trapped in a room full of NZ male political bloggers.
and so on…
In other news, something to be actually afraid of, and angry about:
Spying files missing, incomplete – was the law broken?
Our electronic surveillance agency might have illegally spied on New Zealanders to a greater extent than previously revealed, Parliament has been told.
But the scale of any illegal surveillance by the Government Communications Security Bureau might remain hidden because documentation which detailed it was either not kept or is missing.
The few details of the GCSB’s latest legal problem are revealed today in the annual report of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn.
The revelation opens the bureau again to allegations of sloppy handling of the world’s most sophisticated surveillance technology which it uses through a partnership with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. …
Well that’s just great isn’t it.
The issue emerged through an internal GCSB investigation, which is part of its obligation to ensure it is compliant with its own laws.
That’s a good sign at least. But it isn’t the first time:
There is nothing in the annual report to reveal how the new issue emerged more than three years after then-Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge authored a report which revealed poor systems and illegal practice by the GCSB.
The report is here (pdf).
How long do we put up with a broken spy agency functioning illegally? Why hasn’t the government fixed it? (Do they fix anything, ever?) Oh don’t worry – John Key says we have more to fear from Google and Facebook than the GCSB. So that’s OK then.