Continuing my commemoration of Campbell Live’s commitment to serious investigative reporting of New Zealand current affairs, instead of watching goddamned Road Cops. Tonight: honouring a current affairs show which bothered to unpack the murky and complex world of government surveillance.
In short, the GCSB bill allows the organisation to spy on New Zealanders and to pass what they learn on to foreign governments.
“If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to hide” is a common response to criticism of such unprecedented power.
But the SIS can already spy on New Zealanders and so can the police.
The GCSB bill connects domestic spying to global spy networks, which, as we’ve recently learnt, are listening to almost everyone.
Now, the bill is being passed under urgency.
But why? Shouldn’t we get this right?
Check out Campbell Live’s coverage of the GCSB and Kim Dotcom stories on the TV3 website, while we still can.