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From the Horses mouth…

21 August 2013 9 comments

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Sometimes I wonder if politicians realise what spews from their mouths, as in the case of Justice Minister, Judith Collins, at the Privileges Committee today,

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“It was quite a chilling experience to realise that ministers’ and staff’s emails, and their right to privacy, were treated with what I would say was a contemptuous attitude”

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Indeed.

As  most  New Zealanders will be chilled to realise that our emails and right to privacy will be treated with a contemptuous attitude, once the  Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill and
GCSB and Related Legislation Amendment Bill are both passed through Parliament.

But evidently –  as Ms Collins will be voting for the GCSB and TICS bills   – the privacy of New Zealand citizens is nowhere as important as that of government Ministers.

Now that, I find chilling.

 

 

 

 

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References

MSN News:  Quotes from the privileges committee

Image: Otago Daily Times

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A Question to Dear Leader…

21 August 2013 1 comment

Dear Leader seems mightily het up about some dastardly, nefarious activity targeted at our country…

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from:     Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to:     Otago Daily Times <odt.editor@alliedpress.co.nz>
date:     Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM
subject:     letters to the editor

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The Editor
OTAGO DAILY TIMES
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Sir/Madam,

Our illustrious Dear Leader, the Rt Hon John Key, seems somewhat vexed by cyber threats originating from overseas and directed at our “clean and green” nation. He said in Parliament on 21 August,

“There will be times where a serious cyber intrusion is detected against a New Zealander and the GCSB will then need to look at content – that’s why the law allows that. But that should be the end point, not the starting point.”

If the threats to our “100% Pure” country originate from overseas, one is left with a tantalising question; why is the  GCSB and Related Legislation Amendment Bill, and related  Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill, designed to spy on New Zealanders?

Shouldn’t the GCSB be focusing on external “threats” rather than on us?
After all, wasn’t that  the original purpose of the GCSB when it was first formed in 1977?

-Frank Macskasy

(address and phone number supplied)

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References

TVNZ:  GCSB Bill expected to pass final reading; debate underway

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