Another argument I considered including, but left out for length, is this: please show me an organisation that claims to select on merit and actually does.
I don't know how we are supposed to judge the 'merit' of MPs, but the Green Party puts a lot of women in parliament. How do they do it?
I just read the Police press release and found this:
"GCSB staff also did not follow their own internal processes in actioning the OFCANZ requests."
You can't claim to be simply following orders when you aren't following orders.
We don't need to use the criminal law in respect of individual employees of the GCSB to mark our disappointment, or anger, at what has gone on here.
Why not? Someone at the the GCSB ordered an illegal wiretap. They didn't order it because they were mistaken about the facts of the case, they ordered it because they weren't trying especially hard to follow the law. I think if you work for secretive spy agency you have an obligation to at least seriously attempt to follow the law.
Sleeping Dogs is on Youtube. I don't know if the copyright owners have given permission or not.
So the obvious answer to GCSB snarfing all our packets is crypto everywhere - or HTTPS everywhere - Russell can we all chip in and buy Public Address a key?
Does anyone know why the redacted parts couldn't be got by an OIA request?
John Key says he doesn't have a clue how he got Ian Fletcher's phone number.
From the 2012 SIS annual report:
During 2011/12, the NZSIS contributed to an assessment on the proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction threat to New Zealand which was agreed and issued formally by the
National Assessments Committee. Key judgements included:
• while WMD are highly unlikely to be directly used against New Zealand, the proliferation
of WMD presents a range of direct and indirect threats to New Zealand’s national
security, and to its interests globally;
• the threat to New Zealand from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their means of
delivery outweighs that from chemical and biological weapons;
• the proliferation of nuclear weapons threatens the international multilateral framework,
on which New Zealand relies;
• New Zealand involvement, even if unwitting, in the proliferation of WMD-related goods
and technology could cause economic and reputational harm to both the entities involved
and New Zealand more generally;
• attempts to acquire controlled and dual-use technology from New Zealand present the
greatest single proliferation-related threat to New Zealand, and will likely remain so for
the next few years; and
• New Zealand will continue to be an attractive target for foreign WMD procurement
companies, and could become increasingly targeted as a source of niche controlled and
dual-use goods and technology, particularly if other countries continue to tighten their
proliferation-related trade restrictions.
John Key seems to be repeating what the SIS has already said publicly.
In case people haven't seen it:
Greens' complaint a 'political stunt': Key
"They can go off to the police. It's another political stunt," Mr Key told media in China, where he is leading a business delegation.
"They probably get an issue a week from the Greens. We might just have to expand the police's capability."