Key's 'dereliction of duty'
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 2:45p.m.
Opposition parties are blaming Prime Minister John Key for the Government spy agency's illegal eavesdropping.
Mr Key has ordered an inquiry, and says the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) acted unlawfully when it helped police arrest internet tycoon Kim Dotcom and three of his associates.
The prime minister is responsible for the GCSB and NZ First leader Winston Peters says he has failed to oversee its activities.
"This failure... is a dereliction of duty," Mr Peters said.
"Mr Key's shoddy handling of this issue seems to indicate that we are in the pocket of US intelligence agencies and that he allowed them to trample over New Zealand law."
Mr Dotcom is facing internet piracy and money laundering charges in the US, and police were working with the FBI when he was arrested.
Labour leader David Shearer says the GCSB reports directly to Mr Key and has "apparently illegally spied on people involved in the Kim Dotcom case".
"This is a shocking breach of New Zealand's very strict laws restricting the ability of our spy agencies to snoop on people," he said.
"He is responsible as prime minister for signing off all intercept warrants by GCSB."
Mr Shearer is questioning Mr Key's statement after Mr Dotcom was arrested, when he said he hadn't heard of the German internet tycoon until he was briefed the day before the police raid.
"While it has been revealed that some bugging was done illegally, it's not credible to think that other monitoring by the agency was not signed by the prime minister before the raid was carried out," Mr Shearer said.
"This isn't about national security. This is about John Key's own word and whether he has told the truth to New Zealanders."
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25/09/2012 11:52:52 a.m.
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24/09/2012 10:10:21 p.m.
NZ: home of the greedy wrote:
Selling our privacy laws to the FBI, our labour laws to Warner Brothers, our gambling protection laws to Sky City, our environmental protection laws to Bathurst Mines and King Salmon. This Govt is mercenary, corrupt, and can see nothing but dollar signs.
24/09/2012 7:57:35 p.m.
Can nz be confident that the investigation wont be 'washed' or information 'blacked out' that showed key was up to his armpits in this,if yes then he must stand down as pm,if he has been involved and knew about the operation then he must stand down,if he knew of dotcom,many months before the raids, (key claims he only heard of dotcom the day before the raids),then he must stand down as pm,his great'shock' is laughable and in the light of the banks episode show he can not be trusted.
24/09/2012 7:30:49 p.m.
johnkey doesn't seem to follow process, it jumps before thinking.
24/09/2012 7:26:44 p.m.
Selling NZ while we all just sit back and watch. Key MUST GO NOW he is destroying this place. Lies on top of lies what a sham.
24/09/2012 6:10:36 p.m.
Once again Peters regurgitating public opinion merely to get public support.
We all know the raid was unjustified, but it's the pressure from the United States that led to it all. They've proven countless times they will fabricate evidence or act on no evidence whatsoever to achieve their aim.
24/09/2012 4:34:47 p.m.
You've spent an absolute fortune bringing down Megaupload and you have probably earmarked a hell of a lot more against it. Quit now. Get totally on Kim's side. It is simple. You can do it today. Section 21 of the Extradition Act is as clear as. Now, if you have a bunch of IT savvy investigators left with nothing to do: Were there video cameras in Queen Street 14 years ago? A visiting Japanese girl was murdered. Throw a few million dollars into catching a real criminal. Start, perhaps, by asking her family to send copies of all her photos. Even if it gets nowhere, after all this time, nothing will be wasted in trying. How could John Banks ever be proud of being the Mayor of the city in which that has happened, and it was fourth page news with Ben Smart, Olivia Hope and Paul Davison on page one?
24/09/2012 4:19:33 p.m.
Key fact#1 wrote:
John Key and The Truth have never met.
24/09/2012 4:05:26 p.m.
Iron side wrote:
It has been clear from the outset of the current national government in 2008 that there was a barely hidden agenda to sell NZ down the river to foreign interests and other international powers. This time however stooge Key has fumbled his hand. It will not be long before he is removed and replaced. Not by NZ public but by the puppeteers pulling his strings
24/09/2012 3:29:07 p.m.
"On 14 October 2007, in a private meeting with then-Prime Minister Helen Clarke, Deputy PM Michael Cullen and Justice Minister Annette King , then-Solicitor-General Collins gave the approval for nationwide raids the next day under the Terrorist Suppression Act 2002"
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