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Pandemics and our privacy

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, April 22nd, 2020 - 43 comments

The Ministry of Health is checking with the GCSB to enable full tracing of people to slow further outbreaks. Should we be afraid?

Did English break the law during Dotcom debacle?

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, July 26th, 2017 - 44 comments

David Fisher on the Dotcom spying debacle: “But the legal action which disclosed the extended spying also targets English specifically, saying he acted “unlawfully” when he signed a ministerial certificate intended to bury the spying operation forever.”

NRT: Spying for the whales

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “spies are corrosive of our values. Its one thing to spy in wartime, out of military necessity. Its quite another to do it in peace, on your friends, for self-advantage.

Be afraid!

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 4th, 2016 - 19 comments

Reports of an unconvincing “domestic terrorism” plot, and of further illegal GCSB spying.

Spy vs Us

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, August 16th, 2016 - 135 comments

Today National introduced a bill that will enable the NZ Government to spy on its citizens.

Another Key lie is why this government can’t be trusted with increased spying powers

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, August 16th, 2016 - 33 comments

When caught abusing new powers the response will be the same as when caught out abusing the old – meh, so sue us.

New report on GCSB spying powers

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, March 9th, 2016 - 28 comments

A Government-ordered review of NZ’s spy agencies has just been released. Key wants Labour’s support for increased power to spy on Kiwis.

CERT: the partial privatisation of the GCSB

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 13th, 2015 - 24 comments

A public private organisation with the acronym CERT was announced this week along with the new cyber security strategy. CERT’s role is to provide information to government so it can protect against cyber threats.  Which is one of the roles of the GCSB.

CORTEX Trojan horse?

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, December 11th, 2015 - 16 comments

The government plans to roll out a new “cyber security action plan”. Given their record of secrecy, lies, and misuse of surveillance, I think we the people would be naive to believe this will be anything less than another escalation of the surveillance of New Zealanders.

Spy watchdog to investigate GCSB’s help for Groser’s campaign

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, May 14th, 2015 - 13 comments

Spy watchdog Cheryl Gwyn has announced an investigation into circumstances surrounding possible spying on our allies by the GCSB in support of Tim Groser’s tilt for the top WTO job.

GCSB and fabricating the ‘truth’

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, May 6th, 2015 - 19 comments

Someone is trying to fabricate the ‘truth’, but it isn’t Snowden and the people reporting him.

But they do it too …

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 19th, 2015 - 23 comments

With revelations that New Zealand has potentially been involved in the interception of Chinese diplomatic communications the questions arise did John Key know about it and did he authorise the activity.

Spying on China

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 19th, 2015 - 100 comments

So great, now we’re trying to spy on China. What could possibly go wrong?

Spying for torturers

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, April 17th, 2015 - 19 comments

The most disturbing allegations yet in the Snowden leaks on the activities of the GCSB.

Media Take – on GCSB and spying

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 9 comments

Check out the most recent Media Take (Tuesdays on Maori TV), on the GCSB and the consequences of our Pacific spying.

Is GCSB using increased awareness of mass surveillance to justify mass surveillance?

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 21 comments

Denis Tegg has persuaded the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to inquire whether the GCSB is conducting mass surveillance on the Kafkaesque grounds that the legislation allows this to happen if a party ought reasonably to expect that the communication may be intercepted.

International reaction to our spying

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, March 28th, 2015 - 77 comments

How are other nations going to react to our spying on them? Key’s response when the question arose in Korea was very typical of him – bullshit and bluster. So far Brazil, Fiji, and Latin American countries have all proved him wrong.

IGIS to investigate GCSB Pacific spying

Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, March 26th, 2015 - 6 comments

Press Release from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security on Scoop.

GCSB spied on foreign communications to help Groser’s WTO bid

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 133 comments

More embarrassment for the Government as it is revealed that the GCSB spied on internet communications involving diplomats competing with Tim Groser in his bid to be elected as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation.

Petition – Apology for spying

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, March 21st, 2015 - 13 comments

Keith Locke has created a “Not in our name” petition.

Surveillance newspeak

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, March 16th, 2015 - 18 comments

Key’s attempt to play cute with the semantics of surveillance is part of an international strategy. Here’s Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Spying and the terrorism excuse

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, March 15th, 2015 - 25 comments

The next time that John Key says that we spy so as to keep NZ safe from terrorism, could some journalist please please ask him if the PM of the Solomon Islands is a terrorist?

Spying on penguins

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, March 11th, 2015 - 50 comments

The latest on the spying revelations as they emerge in The Herald. Apparently we’re spying on penguins now.

Key withdraws promise to resign

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, March 10th, 2015 - 102 comments

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Hager: “The GCSB is not a New Zealand operation”

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 10th, 2015 - 42 comments

Selwyn Manning’s new EveningReport site got off to a massive start last night with a long, interesting interview with Nicky Hager. Take home quote (courtesy Russell Brown): “The GCSB is not a New Zealand operation, in any practical sense”. Watch the video…

The Ferguson interview

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, March 6th, 2015 - 51 comments

An extraordinary interview with former director of the GCSB Sir Bruce Ferguson on RNZ this morning. He confirms that NZ is conducing mass surveillance. (Any help with transcription?)

National Ltd™ Battling Truth On Two Fronts

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, March 6th, 2015 - 13 comments

The lies and media pap being distributed for public consumption by the boys down at “The Club” are old and worn out now. Politicians, public commentators, and media heads who really think they can get away with this flimsy “rinse and repeat” justification of the indefensible are treated us with contempt. 

Is mass surveillance of Kiwis occurring?

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, March 6th, 2015 - 112 comments

The latest Snowden revelations that New Zealand has been collecting bulk data from various Pacific Islands and handing it to the NSA suggests that mass surveillance of New Zealanders is happening, despite promises to the contrary.

Key fails the leadership test

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, March 5th, 2015 - 30 comments

Fine work form David Fisher at The Herald. Does Key get to lie and deny his way through yet another crisis?

Labour’s Betrayal Continues

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, February 18th, 2015 - 440 comments

It might well be in Labour’s best interests to cut the crap now and go into coalition with the National Ltd™ Cult of John Key. It would be the honest thing to do. Kiwis will then know where the boundaries lie and who actually is working to oppose the implementation of the wider neo-liberal ideology.

NRT: GCHQ spies on journalists

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 7 comments

I/S – “GCHQ considers investigative journalists a “security threat” alongside hackers and terrorists”…

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