“And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or
in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell,
save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast,
or the number of his name.” ~ Revelations 13:16
Orwellian nightmare . . .
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key appeared on national television last evening and lied to the nation about his GCSB spying bill which will “legalise” the collection of all our communications on behalf of American spy agencies . . . see here for the interview.
The Prime Minister said that the GCSB will not be collecting all our data — but, when challenged about New Zealand’s role in Five-Eyes and the collection of all our data, (that’s what they do), he refused to answer — waving a dismissive hand at questions about PRISM and X-KeyScore.
John Key’s lies are disassembled here by Dr Rodney Harrison QC., the NZ Law Society.
Caught in his lie, John Key backs down
and now he asks for us to trust him . . .
Collating the half-truths and lies:
● John Key – Liar?
“We the people of the Internet, in order to form a more altruistic online existence, establish privacy of user data, ensure protections for all individuals, provide for the common checks and balances of our online rights, promote the general welfare, and secure the liberty of our online identities and our information, do ordain and establish this Digital Bill of Rights for the people of the Internet.” ~ Mashable
1. The user shall have the right to access the Internet.
2. Each and every user shall be offered equal protections of privacy and free speech regardless of nationality, religion or political beliefs.
3. The user shall have the right for his or her view of the Internet to be uncensored and unrestricted.
4. The user has the freedom to choose and control with whom he or she shares his or her activity or personal information. Furthermore, data that a user uploads to an online service shall not be shared with other users except at their consent.
5. The user has the right to all his or her original content, works and information he or she uploads on or produces for the Internet.
6. The user shall have the right to terminate his or her participation with any online service at any time. If a user wants to terminate a relationship with a web-based service, the user shall have the right to delete his or her user data from said service.
7. The user’s online user data and personal communications, including but not limited to email, instant messages, social media and audio and video conferences, shall have the same legal protections as a user’s traditional letters, phone calls and any other physical correspondence or records.
8. No entity — government, law enforcement agency, corporation or human — may collect, examine, steal or otherwise utilize a user’s data without the permission of the user, barring legally justified data collection/search/seizure.
9. The user shall have the right to remain anonymous online, and shall only reveal his or her identity to whom they choose.
10. The user shall have the right to use the Internet without his or her activity and/or communications being monitored by any government or agency.
An essay from columnist Gordon Brown which outlines how
John Key’s Government has systematically undermined the
sovereignty of Parliament, and freedom of the individual:
Something is rotten in the Beehive . . .
John Campbell, TV3 News
“Your country, your say . . . Over the next week, we’re aiming for the biggest opinion poll in New Zealand’s history and we’ll be heading south from Spirits Bay and heading north from Bluff, stopping in small towns throughout the country, giving you the chance to have your say and tell the politicians what you think. You can see us in person in your town or you can sign the petition on-line, here.”
A selection of references on the widespread opposition to the
GCSB legislation currently before New Zealand Parliament:
● GCSB Legislation
Lavabit — the secure email service used by Edward Snowden has been shut down by the US Government. Here’s their sad announcement:
Another secure email system closes down
here’s their announcement . . .
● Silent Mail
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is a slippery individual and would not answer the question — so I complained to the Privacy Commissioner. It turns out there are many hundreds of other New Zealanders asking the same question, and John Key is not answering them either:
Here’s an update from the Privacy Commissioner . . . continues
A cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, currently under attack in New Zealand by the Government — its latest target being Jon Stevenson, an investigative journalist who revealed our military has been complicit in torturing human beings in Afghanistan.
Here’s a selection of related articles and references that I’ve posted to my NOTES:
— New Zealand Intelligence Community —
There are cameras on our streets; in buildings and public places; buses, taxis and trains. Watching, recording, and storing. Our private communications are collected, assessed, and stored; and there’s data-sharing of our personal information between Government agencies — despite solemn promises they never would — and, lest we forget, the undercover agents, spooks, spies and other assorted agent-provocateurs who have infiltrated our communities; watching, recording, always watching . . .
Hard at work, the New Zealand Intelligence Community:
The New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) is defined as the NZSIS, the GCSB, together with the National Assessments Bureau (NAB) and the Intelligence Co-ordination Group (ICG).
In addition, there are nine other intelligence entities within the police. Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, Financial Intelligence Unit, Strategic Intelligence Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, Identity Intelligence Unit, Threat Assessment Unit, Police Terrorism Investigation and Intelligence Group and the Special Investigation Group.
But, wait, there’s more . . . there are also four other intelligence entities: the Domestic and External Security Group (DESG) within DPMC; the NZ Directorate of Defence Intelligence and Security (DDIS) and the Joint Geospatial Support Facility (JGSF), both within Defence; and the National Maritime Co-ordination Centre (NMCC), within Customs.
Worth noting — New Zealand has fewer people than a New York Borough.
● Nothing to Fear
This self serving ponce will betray his country . . .
“Peter Dunne, you are a deal-making, shallow fool,
sitting down to dine with he who feeds you the
finest fare, closing the windows to drown the
outrage of the masses.” ~ The Daily Blog
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I came to personal computing in the late 1990s, starting with Microsoft’s Windows 95, then progressing through each of its incarnations . . . 98SE, 2000, XP, and so on.
Rumours have persisted over the years that there was a back door into the Windows OS which Microsoft had created for the US Government to access our systems. Most people dismissed these stories as being the work of nutters and conspiracy theorists.
Turns out these “nutters” may have been right all along with the latest revelations from Edward Snowden — reported here by Glenn Greenwald in the UK Guardian:
John Key pictured here — sycophantic puppet of the US Government — is pushing legislation through New Zealand Parliament which will “legalise” the collection of all our communications by the GCSB on behalf of American spy agencies, despite widespread and almost universal opposition from Kiwis.
Here’s a selection of references about this opposition which I’ve posted to my NOTES:
● GCSB Legislation
Image 2013 © Porcupine Farm
Today at Parliament, Kim Dotcom gave voice to common knowledge — John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, is a liar. Dotcom’s comments have now been widely reported: NZ Herald, Reuters, Bloomberg, UK Guardian and The Washington Post.
Documenting the lies from John Key . . .
● John Key — Liar?
Despite revelations this week about PRISM, many people still think it’s all okay for their Government to spy on them — “we’ve nothing to hide,” they say, supinely. At a loss to understand their mentality, I’ve posted a selection of related references and articles to my NOTES:
● Nothing to Hide
● Nothing to Fear
“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.” ~ Edward Snowden
This is Edward Snowden, a brave young man who blew the whistle on PRISM — the US Government’s top secret NSA programme which monitors all of our electronic communications.
Like Bradley Manning before him . . . Edward Snowden is a modern day hero and I’m collating a selection of related articles in my NOTES:
● Edward Snowden
“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until
we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce our laws.”
The GCSB’s director wrote back with a neither confirm nor deny response — claiming protection under provisions in our Privacy Act so as not to answer.
Irony! Break the law, then use the law to hide one’s criminal offending.
Well, I’m not having any of it, and so, yesterday, I wrote to the Privacy Commissioner. Here’s my correspondence:
● Privacy Commissioner
A selection of articles and references on the GCSB’s refusal to either
confirm or deny they’ve been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.
New Zealand’s incumbent Government led by one John Key is a criminal enterprise that needs be dismantled and destroyed. Police and intelligence agencies are out of control, illegally spying on citizens — and the Government’s response, rather than bring these criminals to justice, has been to sanction their unlawful activity by changing our laws to protect the criminals.
Tomorrow, the New Zealand Government will push through new laws to protect their GCSB which has been illegally spying on us for many years and here’s a selection of commentaries on this development, plus the final draft legislation, that I’ve posted to my Wall at Google-Plus, here:
NOTE TO GOVERNMENT:
“Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution.”
~ Justice Louis Brandeis | Olmstead et al v. United States (1928).
‘Government Communications Security Bureau’
Last September, many Kiwis were shocked to learn their GCSB had been caught-out illegally spying on New Zealanders. This news should not have surprised for, other than their target being Kim Dotcom, there was nothing particularly unique about the case — the New Zealand Government has been spying illegally on its own citizens for many years. I know this because I was involved:
“And so it was, that, in the 1970s, when the New Zealand Police first established covert surveillance squads to spy on its citizens, I was a member of that first team. We worked in secrecy, and because bugging devices were illegal at that time, we simply smuggled their components into the country and had them built by our own technicians. There was no provision in law for their use — so we simply burgled the homes and premises of our targets to plant them.” ~ Patrick O’Brien
Caught red-handed, the Government promised us a review of their spooks’ activities. The Kitteridge Report — released yesterday — makes a sobering read. Since 2003, more than 80 New Zealanders have been spied on illegally and I’ve posted a selection of references, Links, editorials, and related commentaries, over on my Wall at Google-Plus:
“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State
comes to recognise the individual as a higher and independent power, from
which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”
~ H.D. Thoreau | Civil Disobedience ~
The Surveillance State has now arrived and here’s a selection of articles, references and commentaries which I’ve posted on my Wall at Google-Plus:
Image 2012 Robin Sulzman
1984 has already arrived in many respects — uglier and more intrusive than anything George Orwell described, given our modern technology.
Paul Watson from the Activist Post talks us through a simple comparison between the dystopian tyranny of Orwell’s world . . . and that of our own reality:
Deep packet inspections of all Internet traffic will be become reality if Governments get their way. Proposals in the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the International Telecommunications Union conference (WCIT-12) — both of which are currently being held in secrecy behind closed doors, will see the end of our on-line privacy.
Deep packet inspection is the digital equivalent of having your letters opened and read. All of them! That confidential business plan you send an associate will no longer be confidential. Or a private billet-doux to some secret Love? — secret no more.
Here is a selection of related articles and commentaries on my Wall at Google-Plus: