Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Greens seek Commission of Inquiry after new GCSB revelations

9 April 2013

Greens seek Commission of Inquiry after new GCSB illegal spying revelations

Revelations that 85 people may have been illegally spied on by Government security and intelligence agencies and the leaking of that information show why daylight and transparency is needed, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party today called for a Commission of Inquiry to be held into the security agencies after revelations of widespread illegal spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

“A Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence services is needed to address lapses in oversight and the public’s concerns about how they’ve been operating,” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.

“We have repeatedly called for an independent inquiry and today’s revelations that 85 New Zealanders may have been illegally spied on make that essential.

“Commissions of Inquiry have powers that allow them to uncover information otherwise difficult to get. A Commission of Inquiry would provide answers that people could trust.

“A Commission of Inquiry is needed to clear this up once and for all and give New Zealanders confidence they are not being illegal spied on.

“New Zealanders who were illegally spied on must be contacted and given the information that was obtained about them and allowed to pursue legal redress.

“We need to know if New Zealanders are being targeted for exercising their democratic rights to protest. In the past Green MPs have been spied on.

“The integrity of the GCSB is in doubt and the oversight provided by the Prime Minister inadequate and further compromised by his conflict over the appointment of Ian Fletcher.

The Green Party has also written to the police requesting that they extend their current inquiry into illegal spying by the GCSB to include all New Zealanders illegally spied on in the past decade.

“We are concerned that the Prime Minister will block any in-depth inquiry and that is why we have also contacted the police so at least the legal issues can be investigated.

“Our spies must be held to the same standards as other New Zealanders. They are subject to the laws of this land and must be held accountable by the police and the courts if they violate those laws.

Dr Norman has previously asked parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) to investigate the appointment of Ian Fletcher to head the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

The Green Party has consistently called for better oversight of GCSB with policy that a regular parliamentary select committee replace the government-dominated Intelligence and Security Committee, and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security become an Officer of Parliament.

For more information:
Information about Commissions of Inquiry:
http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/CommissionsofInquiry.pdf/$file/CommissionsofInquiry.pdf


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news