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Those who love Big Brother

The majority of sensible, clear-headed New Zealanders are clearly opposed to  any further extension of the power of the State to spy over all of us;




But there are a few, as evidenced by a handful of comments on various fora, who seem to be “relaxed” with the growth of the Surveillance State. They seem to be unconcerned that state apparatus  can violate our privacy at will, without just cause, and with minimal checks and balances.

People like these on a post-article Comments section, in a piece written by Rob Kidd and Francesca Lee for the Dominion Post;


In support of the GCSB Bill

Source: Dominion Post – Thousands join rally against GCSB


If you aint got anything to hide why should you worry???” – says “Niggly”.

Which is an interesting statement to make since all five supporters of the GCSB Bill (including “Niggly”) are using pseudonyms.

What have they got to hide, I wonder?

It seems fairly clear that supporters of the GCSB Bill are not so keen to abandon their privacy after all. Or, perhaps, being National Party supporters, they believe that Dear Leader Key will be Prime Minister forever, and “their man” would never spy on his loyal supporters.

The word deluded springs to mind.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 30 July 2013.



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If you aint got anything to hide why should you worry???
  1. 1 August 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Your statement at the end is one of the things I find most amusing about so much comment on the internet – Blogger ‘Whaleoil’ suffers from this – just about all comments are by pseudonyms or what we used to call nom de plumes. Makes me think the same – what actually have you got to worry about that you can’t use your own name to give your opinion?

  2. Deborah Kean
    1 August 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of why I don’t usually read comments!

  3. Theodore
    3 August 2013 at 3:37 am

    I agree, it’s amusing to see those supporting the GCSB bill using pseudonyms. I guess the irony of their desire for privacy escapes them?

    Meanwhile as Eastern Europe threw of it’s shackles of the Police State, we’re rushing headlong into it.

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