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 »


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 »

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 »

GCSB spying on New Zealanders

04 December, 2013

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

The David Henry led investigation may or may not have exceeded its brief in gathering information about the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and its unlawful spying on New Zealanders, but one must wonder if the spying would have been revealed without all those inquiries.    Read the rest of this entry »

John Key not spied on? Yea, right.

31 October, 2013

The Editor, The New Zealand Herald

Dear Editor;

PM John Key says he has not been spied on by the National Security Agency (NSA) located in Washington, DC.   How would he know?    Read the rest of this entry »