In all the discussion about whether or not the GCSB Bill allows the agency to spy on New Zealanders, I have yet to find an explanation as to why it shouldn’t.
What’s so special about New Zealanders?
We don’t live in a benign world. and sadly some of our number could be as likely to commit acts of terrorism as people from any other country.
I would be very concerned about an agency having the unfettered right to spy on anyone.
But I have none about the police, GCSB, Defence or SIS having the right to spy on us – with the appropriate safeguards to ensure that such action was undertaken only when it was essential and in the interests of public safety.