GCSB Bill passes, Māori warned
|22 Aug 2013 08:56 AM|
|Prime Minister John Key. Image source: Getty Images.|
Expect to be spied on if you are doing something the government of the day doesn’t like.
That’s the warning from Greens co-leader Metiria Turei after the Government rammed through its bill expanding the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau by 61 votes to 59.
Ms Turei says Prime Minister John Key’s refusal to answer a question on whether the United States government provides funding to the GCSB confirms the Greens’ concerns that the driver for the bill was the Prime Minister’s wish for a far closer relationship with the United States than the bulk of New Zealanders might be comfortable with.
She says while the majority of the GCSB’s work is being part of a global spying network, its capacities will now be turned on New Zealanders.
"The way that it operates domestically in New Zealand is that those who are most at risk of wrongful surveillance - are Māori. I think we saw that with Tūhoe, that it’s so obvious that the racist filters that exist in the system here mean that those powers are more likely to be used against our own people, even though they are designed to assist the US with its surveillance measures I think," Ms Turei says.
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