Inquiry into GCSB

This must be Nicky Hager’s wetdream – the GCSB is to be investigated for their illegal actions in the Megaupload case.

Prime Minister John Key has ordered an inquiry over “unlawful” interceptions in the Dotcom case by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

He said he had requested a probe by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

Key said the Crown had filed a memorandum in the High Court in the Megaupload case advising the court and affected parties that the GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the police to locate certain people subject to arrest warrants issued in the case.

The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority.

The PM also said:

“I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust.

“I look forward to the Inspector-General’s inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it,” Mr Key said.

It’ll be interesting if the US will follow suit… ha, yeah right!


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  • Anonymouse Coward

    The primary role of the Government Security Communications Bureau is to provide retirement employment for former Air Force staff.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      Darn that should be, Governrment Communications Security Bureau.

      • Gazzaw

        You just reminded me AC of the announcement by the RNZN last week re an increase in wages for the navy. Believe it or not it was made by a Rear Admiral! Correct me if I’m wrong but in the US Navy a Rear Admiral commands a carrier group yet in the RNZN we have one who’s in charge of the payroll! I was also checking through the MFAT list to find a phone contact for our High Commission in Singapore and it appears as though we have defence attaches all over the world and they all seem to be Group Captains or Colonels. What’s going on? Seems the NZDF is running a private gravy train for senior officers who won’t retire. Jeez, there’s hardly anything to command yet we have Admirals, Air Vice Marshals & Lieutenant Generals coming out of the woodwork.

        • Mr_Blobby

          At one stage the navy had something like 40 admirals

          • Tony

            not the RNZN

  • Mr_Blobby

    An inquiry into a secret Government spy network where even the Name is a state secret.

    There has to be something more to this, what else are they trying to cover up.

    Wasn’t it a few years back that a MP asked to visit a base in his electorate and was declined on the grounds of National security?

    The standard answer from the PM is that they are not allowed to spy on New Zealanders. But by the nature of the echelon network, we make it possible for 4 other Nations to spy on New Zealanders, the US being one of them. Watch this one go absolutely nowhere.

    • Tony

      the name is not a secret – don’t be a twat – they even have a website

      • Ronnie Chow

        That’s right , and Key is just getting in before the usual leak.

        • fozzie

          Key’s response is a disgrace “it was a mistake” Johnny 5 year olds make mistakes – highly paid members of the intelligence community do not – or was it that Mr Key authorised it and is covering his own arse – am expecting his next release will include “I don’t remember” Stock standard answer for this Government these days!

    • Neil

      They are not spying – they’re monitoring suspicious behaviour…

  • Tony

    before we get too excited, GCSB is not allowed to intercept NZ communications. These people are not NZ citizens.

    • toby_toby

      How is ‘NZ communications’ defined?

      • Tony

        communications conducted by New Zealanders

        • Troy

          what if the communication is between a NZder and a foreigner – do they put in earplugs whenever the kiwi talks? lol

          • Tony

            actually yes

        • toby_toby

          Really? Conducted by New Zealanders… both living in Wales? Or Jakarta? Between two New Zealanders, or between a New Zealander and a foreigner? Between a NZer living in New York and a foreigner living in Torbay? What’s a New Zealander anyway? A resident? A citizen?
          I’m afraid your definition is far too vague and doesn’t really answer my question.

    • backfromoutback

      “Not Allowed” LMAO, seems they ignored that rule!

    • kehua

      Wanna bet?

      • Tony

        yes – phat phuk is not a NZ citizen – neither was his body guard

  • cows4me

    Hope JK kicks some spook arse. Shit how many times do you hear government claim private information is confidential and can only be accessed by a warrant. Of course it’s all utter bullshit, the pricks use our taxes to spy on whom ever they like. Yeah I know it’s for for our security, be fucked it is. It’s about retaining the status quo and insuring the “power” stays in the right hands.

    • Neil

      You sound like a left wing conspiracy theorist – this is blog site is for people that support this sort of investigative work…’s in the national interest to know what these people are up to.

      • sniping4jesus

        You are wrong of course. As if honest John has no idea about what they were up to. Watch J Ks whitewash come up with not much then they can fire some subbies and return to life as normal doing American big businesses dirty work for them.

  • split kransky

    Execute whoever gave the order or acted without authority for treason.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    John Key should follow the advice given to Jim Hacker by Sir Humphry Appleby in the comedy Yes Minister when faced with a politicaly tricky inquiry.

    Sir Humphry advised that someone “sound” should be appointed, preferably a retired civil servant who is hoping for a knighthood.

  • Anon

    A convicted hacker and stock cheat now gets wire tapped? Haha, good stuff.

  • Mully

    What are the chances that the GCSB got a call from the FBI and got a bit over-enthusiatic?

    I can picture a Kiwi agent getting the call and being like an over-eager puppy:
    “Oh, yes, Mr FBI. Right away. We’d love to help”

    • Lion_ess


    • Tony

      really? you have no idea Mully

      • Mully

        Umm, no Tony. Not really. Just a bit of a pisstake about our agencies being at the beck and call of the Americans.

        I’m sorry. Will spell it out a big clearer next time, eh?

  • Dunc

    Wasn’t this outed a few weeks/months back when a Police Officer under cross examination said that there were “government people” who were not from the SIS, present at the search warrant briefing.

    • fender bender

      Yes and that was when they realised they might not get away with the illegal spying so they issued memorandum, informed PM etc. I hope they PM didn’t know beforehand but I find it hard to believe.

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