Doublethink over GCSB spyingPosted: March 19, 2015
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
16 March, 2015
There’s an undercurrent of familiarity in New Zealand during the tenure of this National government for those of us who remember George Orwell’s 1948 classic book, ‘1984’. Orwell describes an ability to hold two contradictory thoughts at the same time, coining the word, ‘doublethink’.
In the case of Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spying the doublethink goes in stages roughly like this: 1. The government denies that the GCSB is spying on New Zealanders or Pacific islands countries. 2. Irrefutable proof is produced that they are, such as from Nicky Hager or Edward Snowden. 3. The government then says, of course the GCSB has been spying, there was never any secret about that, and it is in the interests of (so called) ‘national security’. 4. Most everyone forgets, or pretends to forget, there was ever a denial (stage 1).