The Five Eyes, a part of what the NSA calls internally its “global network” have their dirty fingerprints all over the latest spying scandal engulfing New Zealand, writes exiled Kiwi journalist Suzie Dawson.
The media response has predictably walked the safest line – focusing on the egregiousness of the victimisation of the least politically involved targets such as earthquake insurance claimants and child abuse survivors, and honing in on the very bottom rungs of the culpability ladder. They are as yet failing to confront the international and geopolitical foundations that lie under the surface of outsourced state-sponsored spying in New Zealand.
The truth is that the roots of the issue go far deeper than subcontractors like Thompson and Clark. The chain of complicity and collusion leads far beyond the head of any department or agency, including the Head of the State Services Commission. It goes beyond even the Beehive, the New Zealand Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister.
At its core, this scandal is a reflection of fundamental flaws in the very fabric of intelligence gathering practices in New Zealand, its infrastructure and network – where the collected data flows, whom the collection of that data serves and to which masters our intelligence services ultimately answer.
This was written in 2019, just as major media began to address the “Five Eyes” spy apparatus that targets journalists specifically, and with a vengeance. It is much related to this kind of activity here.
On one hand, a convenient foil is to claim that “the communists” and the “pedophiles” and the “terrorists” are everywhere in order to occlude intelligence agency abuses of our own citizens; but on the other, to cover over genuine abuse of dissenters/activists/atheists/etc. by our own agencies.
So, what is “generational targeting” in this context? Well, Julian Assange is one prominent example, but there are tens of thousands (growing into the millions) more.
I am old enough to recall the pre-internet and how agencies called “data basing individuals” it a conspiracy theory. And look, here we are, with all FVEYs nations outed as doing just that, across time and space, targeting our freedom of association, our opportunities and more, and all of that without due process of law, or civil liberties challenges anywhere of note. Not a theory at all, but definitely a conspiracy
Here is one man’s story, told in main stream media, a story of exactly that, targeting a child, grown into a man.
Pedophiles? Maybe.They tracked and traced a child from pre-puberty into adulthood and further.
Voyeurs? No doubt, by definition.
Perverts of due process and civil liberties. Most definitely. “They” traced, tracked, and data based New Zealand Green Party MP Keith Locke from the early age of 11.
The sordid tale of the phrase “pedophiles in the deep state,” and intelligence agencies. Welcome to the double talking para=language of spooks online in the gang stalking dialectic!
The revelation in 2009 that Green MP Keith Locke had been spied on since age 11 caused an uproar and prompted an inquiry into SIS surveillance. Now, he writes, the SIS has been forced to apologise for calling him ‘a threat’ in internal documents.