John Key will no doubt – like with Dirty Politics – keep saying that “most of it is proven false” about the Snowden revelations… while slowly admitting most of the charges against him.
The bulk of it is wrong, just all the details are right, or somesuch.
But we’ve had a Prime Minister going from “there’s no mass surveillance” to “we made a business case, but I stopped it” to “yes we did tap into the Southern Cross cable, but we didn’t do anything once we’d done that” to “we implemented something narrower” (along with “we didn’t go for the full version because we couldn’t store it all”!)… and now we have Sir Bruce Ferguson describing XKeyScore and saying – essentially – we do hoover up the information, but we don’t look at it without a warrant.
So we are doing mass surveillance then – it’s just alright because we never look at it without someone’s say so. And we trust the other members of the 5 Eyes who we supply that data to, to do likewise.
Well I don’t trust them.
And I don’t trust John Key either. Particularly when his version of “we don’t do mass surveillance” is slowly dragged out of him to be “we do do mass surveillance, we just don’t look at it”.
And I don’t trust anyone with the morals of Dirty Politics to be in charge of people looking at our personal correspondence.