Key rejects calls for full GCSB inquiry
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 5:20a.m.
Kim Dotcom and opposition parties want a commission of inquiry into the Government Communication Security Bureau's (GCSB) illegal spying but Prime Minister John Key isn't going to order one.
Mr Key commissioned an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Paul Neazor, which was released on Thursday.
It concluded the police and the GCSB were confused about Dotcom's status as a New Zealand resident, hadn't understood the implications of a 2009 immigration law change and, without checking, went ahead and spied on Dotcom in December and through to January 20 when he was arrested on allegations of internet piracy.
The GCSB is forbidden by law to spy on citizens and residents, and opposition parties say Justice Neazor's inquiry was "a whitewash" because it didn't cover Mr Key's role as minister responsible for the agency.
After the report was released, Dotcom tweeted: "Numerous unlawful acts against us by the New Zealand government have been exposed, it's time for a full, transparent and independent inquiry."
Labour leader David Shearer says the inquiry ignored Mr Key's "complete failure of democratic oversight" while NZ First leader Winston Peters describes it as "too little, too late for an issue of national and international importance".
Mr Key says it isn't necessary to have another inquiry.
"We know what's wrong, we know what we have to do to fix it," he said on Wednesday night on TV One's Close Up programme.
Mr Key acknowledged he was accountable for the GCSB but said the agency had responsibility for its day-to-day operations.
"I don't sit there every day looking over their shoulders."
In Parliament, opposition MPs said Mr Key should have known what was going on.
"To say he can't know anything about its operations is just horse shit, it's absolute nonsense," said Labour's Trevor Mallard.
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29/09/2012 4:31:57 p.m.
@ Jane: Even if Dotcom has committed an extraditable offence, that doesn't give the GCSB or Police a free pass on the laws they have broken. Everyone is accountable for their wrongdoing. The same goes for Dotcom; managing to find fault with the GCSB and Police should not get him off the hook if he's committed an extraditable offence.
29/09/2012 8:00:21 a.m.
iron side wrote:
Key needs the big Teletubbie Bye Bye
29/09/2012 7:59:07 a.m.
tin man wrote:
Key takes his foot out of his mouth only long enough to shoot himself in said foot.
29/09/2012 7:31:56 a.m.
@JANE. I wouldnt like to see police raid your property in the manner they used on Dotcom. And illegally.
28/09/2012 11:14:07 p.m.
Is the GCSB reading this? wrote:
I love it that an oversized German with a silly name can make such a fool of the NZ government! Go Dotcom, keep at!
28/09/2012 6:24:38 p.m.
Jon Key should stand his self down and get the police to charge him with criminal negligence.Do the time Key , you did the crime.A Jammy smile wont cut it this time.
28/09/2012 5:25:08 p.m.
Of course he rejects the idea. I would too if I were him
28/09/2012 3:10:29 p.m.
mark crawford wrote:
John Key calling for an inquiry to be done by the inspector-general of security and intelligence is a cop out,the inquiry needs to be done by someone totally independant otherwise it smacks of corruption and cronyism.As far as i am concerned the politicians are corrupt and contemptible. Just remember power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
28/09/2012 2:30:45 p.m.
I am SO sick of hearing about Kim Dotcom, if I was him I would keep clear of the media and go about rebuilding his business, no one is squeeky clean in this instance, there are faults of both sides.. Am I the only one who has looked at his history..
28/09/2012 2:09:46 p.m.
I am a national party supporter, but two things have annoyed me latley. The fact that john banks was not given the chop and this whole spying thing. John Key needs to be a leader and some ones head should role...English is at the top of my list
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