Peter Thiel – citizen?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

13 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

Looking at what new NZ citizen Peter Thiel has been contributing here, from afar, we see it has mostly to do with the GCSB and the Five Eyes spy network. Given that Five Eyes is mostly for feeding the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC, it looks like he is working in the interests of the elite in USA (and NZ) primarily, probably not in the interests of most New Zealanders. Read the rest of this entry »


response to Gordon Campbell’s article of the media normalisation of Trump.

“Because it is deemed to be good for the citizenry to believe that there is nothing that cannot be resolved by a rational debate, conducted politely between parties who supposedly have the same democratic goals in mind. ”  Read the rest of this entry »

Intelligence and Security Agencies Review – response from Keith Locke

(Note: general permission previously granted by Keith Locke to publish his blog entries here.)

Keith Locke: Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

[This article of mine was published in the New Zealand Herald on 15 March 2016.  It was in response to the report of Intelligence and Security Agencies Review, released on 9 March.]

The intelligence services report by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy sheds more light on the GCSB’s work with the Five Eyes network, but it also leaves several questions unanswered. Since the Snowden revelations there has been a concern that our Government Communications Security Bureau is involved in “mass surveillance”.  The Government has denied that it is. Read the rest of this entry »

More diversity when/if more democratic focus

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

04 January, 2016

Dear Editor:

Maori and Pacific Islanders are underrepresented in the GCSB and the SIS according to a recent diversity study. Perhaps, however, this should be seen as good judgement of Maori and Pacific Islanders.  GCSB and SIS are, as they always have been, undercover political organizations and will do the bidding only of a current government and will interpret ‘national security’ as the interests of the elite.

If cyber security would be coordinated by an agency in conjunction with the public and the GCSB disbanded then maybe a more diverse section of the population would gravitate to real security efforts.


Richard Keller

published Tues, 5/1/15 in abbreviated form (“Briefly”)

Union Jack perversely appropriate

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

The ‘Five Eyes’ spying network of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is in practice New Zealand’s biggest commitment of foreign policy. This commitment is a legacy of its colonial past as part of the British Empire. As such the current flag with the British union jack logo is perversely appropriate, but contrasts to many other realities of today.

What effect will the flag referendums have on the public’s consciousness of the government’s foreign policy priority of being part of the ‘club’? Would a new flag without the union jack promote the realization that Five Eyes is a dangerous remnant of the past? Or would it simply serve to submerge discussion (‘out of sight, out of mind’) of our predominant commitment to the Five Eyes network?

I expect the ‘spooks’ of the GCSB and the SIS are interested in this. Have they been pushing the flag agenda? It would be a gamble, but in our desperate times, gambles should be expected.


Richard Keller

Submission to Intelligence Review


IRIS Support Team

Ministry of Justice

Level 3, Justice Centre 19 Aitken Street



Submitted by:

Richard Keller

13 August, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. Information about my submission
  2. Introduction
  3. Historical description of secret and elite focused criteria used by GCSB and SIS
  4. Effects upon society and democracy of secret and elite focused criteria used by GCSB and SIS
  5. Implications for the future of the GCSB and the SIS
  6. Your Submission Form outline
  7. Summary

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Festering ill-will long term from spying

24  March, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

Failing to mention the long term effects of GCSB spying on South Pacific Island governments for political and commercial advantage (both Todd Blake and C Brian Smith, 19 March) displays a lack of respect for the needs of the future.  Island elected officials may not complain openly now but it will fester and emerge in later years. Read the rest of this entry »