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What does the Doublethink over GCSB spying reveal about NZ priorities?

The Editor, The Press, Christchurch

18 March, 2015

Dear Editor,

Doublethink has become the norm in relation to Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spying and has developed 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 spying, 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).

What is ‘security’ in the government’s view that allows them to spy this widely?   It’s not protecting against so called ‘terrorism’.  It’s not protecting NZ jobs of the ‘living wage’ variety.  It’s about protecting the interests of those few individuals and corporations which have the best opportunity to gain and hold onto the greatest wealth (the 1%), and in general to protect the ability of the consumer economy to continue to exploit national and global natural ecologies.  How do the people of NZ view their interests in this regard and how does that influence their doublethink?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

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