New Zealand’s part in global spy ring

07/08/2013

By Russel Norman

New information has emerged detailing how New Zealand, through its commitment to the five eyes intelligence network, is part of a vast programme to monitor the internet. Perhaps this explains just why the Key Government wants to push through legislation widening our spy agencies powers.

John Key wants to keep New Zealand onside with our traditional allies – at the expense of the privacy of all New Zealanders.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has revealed US National Security Agency (NSA) training documents that outline the reach of the X-Keyscore tool, which is described as NSA’s ‘widest reaching’ system for collecting information from the internet. New Zealand is listed as one of the countries where X-Keyscore is used.

The Guardian’s latest revelations, via Edward Snowden, shows how deep New Zealand’s involvement in the global network of spying is.

Edward Snowden appears to have been granted asylum in Russia. Given the harsh treatment handed out to Wikileak’s whistleblower Bradley Manning by a United States court it is perhaps understandable that Mr Snowden would seek refuge anywhere – even a country with a poor human rights record.

New Zealand is directly involved in supporting a top secret programme that collects almost everything that a user does on the internet.

The GCSB legislation, which can still be voted down or heavily amended, if one MP such as Peter Dunne changes their mind, gives our spy agencies even greater power to monitor New Zealanders.

There is no justification for increasing the power of the GCSB to intrude into the private lives of ordinary New Zealanders. The GCSB’s original mandate was to collect foreign intelligence. It has no place spying on New Zealanders.

The Green Party considers this bill needs to be put on hold while a thorough independent inquiry is held into our spy agencies.

source: data archive