Hey Andrea? Remember when you said this?

Andrea Vance is one of the main journalists sniffing through the Panama Papers.

It might be useful to remind Andrea Vance of something she claimed in 2013:

In other circumstances, I could probably find something to laugh about in revelations that the journalist who broke a story about illegal spying was snooped on by Parliament’s bureaucrats.

Let alone the irony that the reporter previously worked for the News of the World, the tabloid at the centre of a privacy violation scandal.

But I am that journalist and I’m mad as hell.

Anyone who has had their confidential details hacked and shared around has the right to be angry.  

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Comment of the Day

One of our commenters has worked out how we can solve the problem of the Media party and left-wing whingers with regards to the SIS and GCSB being able to spy without consequences.

You’ve hit the nail on the head Kiwiracer. All that is now required is for all GCSB/SIS/Police staff to complete Journalism 101, then all their investigations can be counted as “in the public interest” and can be carried out without any further scrutiny in their role as “journalists”. The privileged ones apparently can use this free pass without any responsibility or accountability. The possibilities are limitless.

Nicky Hager breached my privacy, he and his pals in the media pawed through my messages, emails, bank statements, FB messages, DM tweets…all of it. They sniggered they laughed and they published a good portion of it.

They justified it all by saying it was a matter of public interest. They claimed they conducted “investigative” reporting despite all the actual effort being done by a criminal.   Read more »


Who are we supposed to trust then? The media? Oh come on…

Stacey Kirk thinks we can’t trust the government:

Our spy agencies don’t exactly have an exemplary record for following the law, in the minds of most New Zealanders.

That’s partly due to a disgracefully gung-ho attitude, partly due to poorly drafted laws.

But the power has been executed just once, since it was legislated for at the end of 2014. It appears it’s something Security Director Rebecca Kitteridge clearly doesn’t take lightly.

In fairness, it seems there has been somewhat of a culture-shift in both the SIS and Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to both be more transparent, and abide by the rules.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is now calling on Finlayson to release more details of the circumstances of the incident, in particular, whether it was related to terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS).

Here’s the problem I have with that: how would it be any different to the information – flawed as it was – that we received from Kitteridge and the Prime Minister late last year about the Kiwi brand of jihadi brides. Kiwis they were, but living in Australia – an omission that was clearly intended to bolster the case for greater spying powers, received in this year’s review.   Read more »


Paddy goes over the top again as SIS does its job

The Media party is in a frenzy, but none more so that Patrick Gower who has gone full retard over the SIS actually doing what they are paid to do.

New Zealand SIS agents spied without a warrant by using an rarely used act reserved for the prevention of a terrorist act.

A release by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service shows it used a Section 41D Authorisation which enables the spies to carry out surveillance in an “emergency situation”.

The legislation, the Security Intelligence Act 1969, says use of the power is necessary for detection, investigation, or prevention of any actual, potential, or suspected terrorist act or facilitation of a terrorist act”.

It was used sometime in the six months between July and December last year.

Minister responsible for the SIS Chris Finlayson confirmed use of section was “rare”.

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Good, and nor should there be

The Media party and their left-wing luvvies are in full air-raid-siren howling over the “jihadi brides” issue…demanding apologies to Muslims.

The Government is refusing, as they should. It is logical that if a jihadi bride with a Kiwi passport isn’t in New Zealand then they left from here at some point.

Earlier today, Prime Minister John Key denied he was scaremongering when discussing New Zealand women travelling to Syria and Iraq as “jihadi brides” .

The Security Intelligence Service has since revealed none of the women actually left from New Zealand. Official papers said all were New Zealand citizens who were living in Australia, and they left from there.

Chris Finlayson, the Minister in charge of the SIS, told reporters today where the women left from was irrelevant.

“I would have thought the critical issue is were they New Zealand citizens, whether the left from Kingsford Smith airport or Auckland Airport is by-the-by.”

Mr Finlayson said he was due to meet with about 100 members of the Muslim community tomorrow night, and had regular discussions with that community during the process of the intelligence and security review.    Read more »


Hide on Key, Labour and spying

The report is in and, contrary to the screaming skull’s assertions, there is not and has not been any mass surveillance of Kiwis.

Rodney Hide examines security, intelligence and Labour’s game-playing in his Herald on Sunday column:

There’s a reason John Key remains Prime Minister, having outpolled five successive Labour Party leaders: he is smart. And not just smart: very smart.

We can see that in his choosing Sir Michael Cullen along with lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy to review our spy agencies.

Cullen is Labour through and through and his conducting of the review should help depoliticise what has become a vexed issue.

He is also smart and will make it hard for Labour to oppose the review’s findings and recommendations.

Spying is highly politically charged and is a loser for any Government – the usual transparency that ensures accountability would undermine the very purpose of the agencies.

Until recent times there has been multi-party agreement and oversight of the spy agencies, including the Greens being represented on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The political parties have placed the cause of national security above the seeking of political advantage and the agencies have also worked hard to be transparent with the Parliamentary parties.

The system has worked.

But, politics being politics, the Government-Opposition bipartisanship broke down when the political opportunity presented itself.

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Key asks Labour for bi-partisan support over SIS – damned if they do, damned if they don’t

John Key is playing smart politics here…forcing Labour to play sensibly, or be forever tarred as criminal and terrorists hugging morons.

Prime Minister John Key says he will be trying to get bipartisan support from Labour for changes to the intelligence services in the wake of a review of their operations.

Mr Key confirmed today that the review, completed by former Labour Deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen and lawyer and professional director Dame Patsy Reddy, had been received by members of the Intelligence and Security Committee, a statutory panel including Labour Party leader Andrew Little.

Mr Key said he expected that the report would be made public next week after the committee had discussed it.

But he said he had met the reviewers during the process and asked that their recommendations be acceptable to both major political parties.   Read more »

Oh please make it stop, now the SIS and GCSB are getting attacked for racial and gender quotas

The Media Party thinks that whether your skin is brown or not, or whether you have a vagina and boobs is more important than your abilities at cryptography or other essential skills needed to work at the SIS or GCSB.

While nearly 15 percent of New Zealand’s population is Maori, they account for just 7.4 percent of staff at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) while even fewer work for the Security Intelligence Service (SIS), according to research by a Massey University masters student.

Pacific Islanders accounted for just two and four percent at the SIS and GCSB respectively.

The report found diversity at spy agencies was not “an accurate reflection of New Zealand’s population”, with staff at the agencies saying they had been subjected to unnecessary racist jokes at their expense.

“Although it was not a pressing issue, staff did note that often at times this type of banter was excessive, unnecessary and that it would not be tolerated if the same was done to those of non-ethnic descent,” the report written in 2014 said.

Maori and Pacific people who “come from open, honest, trusting families and communities” being uncomfortable with the secrecy associated with a spy agency may also make recruitment unattractive to them.

Despite this, the report goes on to commend the NZIC for its efforts to address inequality, but says there is still much room for improvement.

Would you like the security of our nation, when faced with ISIS, domestic terrorism and commercial cyber attacks to be in the hands of people that were selected due to the right gender or ethnicity? Read more »


NZ terrorist attack a matter of when, not if – but are we well prepared?

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee believes Australia and New Zealand are “adequately prepared” for potential terror threats.

Mr Brownlee hosted his Australian counterpart, Senator Marise Payne, in Christchurch yesterday in their first formal meeting with Islamic State on the agenda.

He says he’s comfortable with the level of protection the region has, but can’t be completely sure a major terror event couldn’t happen in New Zealand.

“The last thing you want is to have a threat of someone who is a complete nut job, as these people are, doing something and causing everyone else to have huge disruption in their life. That’s giving in to the whole purpose of terrorism,” Mr Brownlee says. Read more »


Too late, their evil death cult is amongst us

Why are media protecting this scumbag?

Why are media protecting this scumbag?

Just days after the left wing mocked the SIS for being concerned about Islamic terrorism in New Zealand we have the case of the Kiwi ISIS sympathiser, complete with flag and weapons.

And guess whose fault it is for his radicalisation?

A Facebook page belonging to an Auckland man shows pictures of him posing with an Islamic State flag, holding an AK47-style rifle and speaking of his role in a holy war.

Police said Harun Abdul-Majeed SaifuAllah’s profile was a “security matter” and have refused to comment. However, it is understood they are investigating Mr SaifuAllah following inquiries by the Herald.

The Facebook page appeared to have been disabled this afternoon.

Mr SaifuAllah, 23, told the Herald that he “100 per cent” supported the views and actions of Islamic State.

He said he changed his name three years ago but was born as William Ringo Ratapu-Howard in South Auckland, where he still lives.    Read more »