Snowden: Get rid of Key, although it won’t actually solve the problem

Snowden writes

This government may have total control over the checkbox today, but come Sept. 20, New Zealanders have a checkbox of their own. If you live in New Zealand, whatever party you choose to vote for, bear in mind the opportunity to send a message that this government won’t need to spy on us to hear: The liberties of free people cannot be changed behind closed doors. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to restore our democracies. It’s time to take back our rights. And it starts with you.
and then: This misuse of New Zealand’s spying apparatus for the benefit of a single individual is a historic concern, because even if you believe today’s prime minister is beyond reproach, he will not remain in power forever. What happens tomorrow, when a different leader assumes the same power to conceal and reveal things from the citizenry based not on what is required by free societies, but rather on what needs to be said to keep them in power?

and later:  

This misuse of New Zealand’s spying apparatus for the benefit of a single individual is a historic concern, because even if you believe today’s prime minister is beyond reproach, he will not remain in power forever. What happens tomorrow, when a different leader assumes the same power to conceal and reveal things from the citizenry based not on what is required by free societies, but rather on what needs to be said to keep them in power?

Snowden is an anarchist.   He lives in a world where he thinks we should just all assume nobody is out to get us, or our trade secrets, or worse.

Thing is, none of what was talked about yesterday is new!

They’re digging out “evidence” that has been, in one form or another, in the public domain for years.

ECHELON, the precursor of 5Eyes did exactly the same thing:  monitor phone and fax real-time to drop in on certain key words to see if those conversations presented a threat.

5Eyes is just the Internet version of it.

And once again, our election is getting derailed.   Oddly enough, after saying we shouldn’t allowed to be side tracked by this yesterday, David Cunliffe is now on full throttle to try and keep this story going as long as possible.

Will anyone actually ask him if he’s going to cancel the GCSB within his first 100 days?

Of course not.  And, of course not.

 

– The Intercept


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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