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Originally posted by muzzleflash
What I want to know is if we have this really powerful spy system...
Why do we still have terrorist attacks that seem like a surprise?
How did those mass jail breaks happen without them being prepared for it?
What's the point of all this surveillance if it doesn't prevent anything?
And if it did prevent something tragic, wouldn't they brag about it to convince us it's a good idea?
Why wouldn't they if they specifically choose not to defend it?
All I have are questions mostly.
Originally posted by johnsequitur1221
Not fair. I want to see my file.
"Well, it appears John B****** has a sex fetish. Throw the book at him on a future date to be determined."
New Zealand appears to be part of and involved in a vast programme to monitor everything people do on the internet, according to documents leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden.
Each page carries the line "Top Secret//Comint//Rel to USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL."
This is a reference to the "five eyes" countries, the United States, Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand.
In response to the report, Prime Minister John Key said that he was not aware of any such programme.
"Well I don't talk about our capability but I can honestly say I don't think I've ever heard of that particular programme," he said.
Just hours before a controversial new spy law passed its second reading in Parliament, Prime Minister John Key claimed that he is aware of people with connections to the Al Qaeda militant group in New Zealand.
"(Prime Minister) John Key is using politics of fear to justify a law change that will give the GCSB, a foreign intelligence gathering agency, extensive powers to spy on New Zealanders," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.
"There is no justification for increasing the power of the GCSB to intrude into the private lives of ordinary New Zealanders"