They’re at it again. David Farrar has a guest post from fellow VRWC member Charles Finny about FiveEyes, arguing that it’s kept us safe in foreign wars and Labour did it too. Which of course is not the point of the current debate about massive government surveillance of innocent citizens. Farrar then gets himself tangled in knots – if Dotcom is right Labour did it too – but he’s not of course.
Finny and Farrar were members of the self-described Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy or VRWC as outlined recently by Matthew Hooton in the Sunday Star-Times (not on-line), along with Cameron Slater and Kathy Odgers – see Karol’s post here. Finny ran a news site known as the Hive and posted pseudonymously. It closed in 2008 after the election. Finny now works as a PR consultant for Saunders Unsworth who are very well connected to the 9th floor of the Beehive.
Finny has recently been on Twitter announcing that after the election he is going to campaign for anti-hacking laws with teeth and for a law against sedition. Presumably he doesn’t have the GCSB in mind but one hopes the anti-hacking laws will apply to them as well.
Mind you given the effort he and others in the VRWC put in to attacking Winston Peters before the 2008 election he’d better hope Winston doesn’t have any say about law changes after this election.