A letter to the Dominion Post on the GCSB…
from: Frank Macskasy <email@example.com>
to: Dominion Post <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Wed, May 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
subject: Letters to the editor.The Editor
The Prime Minister and his appointee, Ian Fletcher, keep insisting that the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003 is “unclear” and “vague”.
How much clearer does a law have to be when section 14 of the Act states,
“Neither the Director, nor an employee of the Bureau, nor a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may authorise or take any action for the purpose of intercepting the communications of a person (not being a foreign organisation or a foreign person) who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.”
And Part 3, section 13, states clearly,
“The purpose of this Part is,— (a) subject to the restrictions imposed by this Part, to enable the Bureau to obtain foreign intelligence; and (b) to authorise the interception of communications (whether under section 16 or under an interception warrant or a computer access authorisation) only if the purpose of the interception is to obtain foreign intelligence.”
It doesn’t get any clearer that that.
So, really, what is Key up to?
Why extend the powers of the GCSB when the law is already fairly clear on the issue?
And if Paul Neazor’s report supposedly clears the government – why will Key not release it publicly? What is he hiding?
(address and phone number supplied)
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