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.  

In order to be a Kiwi, and this is something that seems to have escaped the notice of media like Stacey Kirk and fools like Metiria Turei, you still have to have been here…and if they were in Australia then then they had to have left from here. On top of that they did still go to Syria, and they were still Kiwis, therefore they were Kiwi jihadi brides…most people know this, only the vested interests of the opposition and the Media party don’t seem to have grasped it.

“Scaremongering” cried the Greens, quite rightly.

So if these details were to be released, what would be the benefit? Greater transparency for the public to check whether the terrorist threat in question, was enough to spy without a warrant?

To understate; that seems dangerous.

Frankly, I’d be suspicious of anything released by the Government on this – as manipulating as it was last year.

Which is a disgraceful position for the public to be placed in. It can no longer be sure any information isn’t highly politicised.

But hell, call away Metiria; I’d still love to know.

Well if we can’t trust the government who are we supposed to trust? The media? The Green party?

Obviously Stacey Kirk didn’t read this post about trustworthiness and how most people view the media with far more disdain than any politicians.

If the media actually did their job instead of trawling through social media looking for outraged people to cut/paste or manufacturing stories or pimping the poor then people might actually regain some trust in the fourth estate.

I’d say there is bugger all chance of that happening so the only alternative is to create something new and prove a point.

 

– Fairfax


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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. 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.

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