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Kim Dotcom Appears at GCSB Security Committee Meeting

Kim Dotcom Appears at GCSB Security Committee Meeting

3 July 2013

Scoop Audio+Video+Photos

By Hamish Cardwell

 Kim Dotcom and Bram van der
Kolk arrive to make a submission on the GCSB Bill to the
Security and Intelligence Select Committee
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Kim Dotcom and Bram van der Kolk arrive to make a submission on the GCSB Bill to the Security and Intelligence Select Committee

There was standing room only at a security committee meeting today to see the much anticipated showdown between Kim Dotcom and Prime Minister John Key.

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The German millionaire told the Intelligence and Security Committee chaired by Mr Key that proposed amendments to New Zealand's spy laws were an overreach by an agency which had shown itself to have been unable to operate within the law.

Mr Dotcom said the bill was an expansion of the the GCSB's current powers and that spying damaged New Zealand's diplomatic and trade relationships.

New Zealand should not imitate the United States spying policies given the recent controversy with the NSA over the widespread mining of metadata, he said.

“We should avoid following the US into the dark ages of spying abuse.”

Also on the committee were the party leaders Russel Norman, David Shearer, John Banks as well as National MP Tony Ryall.

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