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Who sez superheroes aren’t real?

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The hactivist known as Whaledump/Rawshark has ceased operating. His/her final tweets on Twitter were a mix of “Goodbye Pork Pie“-style anti-establishment irreverance and solemn warnings…

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A none-too-subtle, but cheeky warning to certain ‘ratfuckers’ out there,

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A touch of the dramatic – appropriate for the political drama we’ve been engrossed with over the last few weeks,

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And for a sheer Hollywood style grand-finale, this would be difficulty to trump – cue Mission: Impossible theme,

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If there is one salient lesson we have to take from Rawshark’s endeavours – it is not the vindictive and vicious political manouverings on the Right; it is not the mis-use of ministerial power by certain amoral individuals; and nor is it the abuse of information to denigrate and destroy individuals for whom their only “crime” is to stand in the way of this government.

No.

The most eye-opening realisation is where we have arrived as a society where individuals fear the power of the State to such a degree that they feel they have no other course of action except to become a vigilante operating under strict anonymity. There is a palpable fear arising from beneath the mask of  humour from Rawshark’s tweets.

John Key refers to Rawshark as a “criminal“,

“At the end of the day, I don’t know whom this criminal has been hacking…

…The responsibility is on the criminal to demonstrate that they are actually real or not.”

Which is interesting. Rawshark has not been charged with any offense, much less convicted of  any crime relating to these events. But yet Key has zero hesitation in taking on the role of Judge and Jury. As if his job of Prime Minister doesn’t fill his day sufficiently to keep him busy?

So what do we have in New Zealand, circa 21st Century, post-Roger Douglas?

We have;

  • A member of the Prime Minister’s office using Cameron Slater and his sleazy blog for dirty tricks
  • Possible criminal activity surrounding Jason Ede illegally accessing the Labour Party’s computer
  • A minister of the Crown feeding information on civil servants to the same blogger
  • A government appointee (Katherine Rich) using Slater to implement a smear campaign against Health activitists
  • And a Prime Minister who has judged and convicted a person – who has brought all this corruption out into the public – sight unseen

Thirty years ago, if this had come out into the open, the PM would have resigned; the government collapsed; and a snap election called. At least one minister would be undergoing a police investigation, and others would be disgraced and never work in the political field again.

But in 2014, it is business as usual.

And if the polls are to be believed, the moral compass of a sizeable chunk of the population has gone so awry that they see nothing wrong with dirty politics on such a scale as never before seen in this country.

Well, here’s a thought for all those fellow New Zealanders who think that what Cameron Slater, Judith Collins, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Carrick Lewis, Simon Lusk, Katherine Rich, Arron Bhatnagar, et al, did, was ok.

Political corruption, if left unchecked – and if rewarded at the ballot box – eventually flows out and infects the rest of society; the state sector; private commerce; law and justice; everywhere. Corruption eventually infiltrates like an infection into every part of our relationships.

The only sure way to stop corruption as we have recently uncovered is to cauterise it and destroy it.

If we don’t, the legacy we leave our children will be far, far worse than polluted rivers and lakes and growing child poverty.

We will finally have joined the rest of the human race. The bad parts of it.

We have had our warning. Our future now depends on what we do with it.

To Rawshark – whoever you might be; where-ever you might be; thank you.

 

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References

Twitter: Whaledump2

TV3: Hacker – Slater, Collins Facebook messages authentic

Previous related blogposts

“Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues

Latest from Whaledump2 – Jordan Williams and Cameron Slater

Are Cameron Slater and Judith Collins bare-faced liars?

Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body


 

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 6 September 2014

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  1. Anne
    11 September 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thank you Frank Macskasy for the stirling work you do investigating these serious issues. It is indeed disturbing that we apparently have no MSM journalists willing or able to do the job.

    We know the principle news outlets have a large cache of emails in their possession given them by Rawshark before he signed off. We also know there is now no legal barrier preventing them from releasing those emails directly related to the Dirty Politics saga. Yet their silence has become deafening. Have they been silenced? Perhaps someone – on John Key’s behalf – has warned them there will be “repercussions” if they release them before the election? It is just a suspicion on my part, but given the despicable conduct to date by John Key and his ‘less than upstanding’ associates, one has to consider this scenario is possible. If so, why has someone not spilled the beans?

    • 11 September 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you Anne.

      And yes, things have become very quiet with Rawshark’s document-dump to the msm.

      Perhaps Rawshark might consider sharing his information with a blogger?

  2. 11 September 2014 at 11:51 am

    Hacktivists: “These are hackers who use their hacking skills for protesting against injustice and attack a target system or websites to popularize a notion or gather attention to a specific case for rectification. They are vigilantes, the dark knights of the Hacking universe. This is where good intentions collide with the law, Hacktivists may or may not carry out illegal activities to get their point across to the world. They include outlaws who deliver their own brand of rough justice, they are usually experts confident in their stealth skills so as not to get caught.” -Xeus

    http://xeushack.com/tutorials/initiation/TypesOfHackers

    I concur, Frank. Superhero indeed. And you’re absolutely on the mark – we can’t reward the corruption at the ballot box, which is why I don’t have a lot of faith in those still steadfastly holding on to their insistence in voting blue this election, simply because if they still vote for behaviour that, yes, would have resulted in a resignation 30 years go, then what would it take for them to see sense? The irony of all this, is that David Lange resigned almost 30 years ago, with dignity AFAIK, because he felt within himself that he had let the country down, yet the traitors (Douglas, Prebble et al.) keep going as if nothing had happened. For this reason, I’ll be more than happy to see ACT leave the house… for good.

    Excellent work, Sir.

    • 11 September 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Part of the problem, I suspect Michael, is that National voters have nowhere to go with voting for an alternative Party.

      NZ First? Peters is to unpredictable for many, and if he coalesces with Labour, National voters would effectively be voting for a Cunliffe-led government.

      Conservative Party? Colins is just too flaky for many. And at least one of his fellow CP candidates has personal baggage that – when it comes out – will be one helluva big scandal for that party.

      ACT? Perhaps – but that depends how far to the right National voters want to go.

      By contrast, Labour supporters have the Green Party as a credible alternative to vote for. Or Mana-Internet for those who prefer their politics a bit further to the left.

      If National had broken up to a Liberal Urban Party and Rural-Based Party (as in Australia), National voters would be able to switch between the two, rewarding one, and punishing the other, depending on their political actions. With ACT, Natkional voters would have three parties to choose from.

      Until National voters have the same choices that we, on the Left have, they will forever be trapped with very few options;

      1. Keep voting National
      2. Opt for a smaller right wing party
      3. Risk a vote with Winston Peters
      4. Stay home

      I’ve heard that a couple of National voters may be opting for #4 – so disgusted they are with recent events.

      It’s more than a bit ironic that the “free marketisation” of politics has given left-wing voters choice – but not so for right-wing voters.

  3. Hopeful
    11 September 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Really good work, Frank. Much appreciated. And I hope the hactivist feels able/free to get in touch with you (or someone) if nothing more comes from the mainstream media.

    • 11 September 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you, Hopeful. And yes, if the person concerned feels they need to talk with someone – or assist in any way – helping him/her is the least I can do.

      This country owes a real debt to Rawshark.

  4. 11 September 2014 at 12:47 pm

    May I add my thanks from you to Whaledump/ Rawshark Frank – but also to you directly for your efforts. Wish I was possessed of half your courage. Regards

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