Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Political Masters Not Police Responsible for Illegal Spying

July 17, 2014

Political Masters – Not Police – Responsible for Illegal Spying

The outcome of the Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation into the failure of police to investigate illegal spying on New Zealanders confirms the need to establish a fit-for-purpose inquiry into the actions of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies in general, as well as the specifics of the Kim Dotcom case.

IPCA has supported a police decision not to initiate prosecutions over illegal spying on New Zealanders by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Internet Party leader Laila Harré said the Dotcom case had gone a long way past holding a few state servants to account.

“The scale of the case is beyond is the normal review and oversight processes. We want a Royal Commission of Inquiry with the full powers needed to scrutinise the illegal spying and accountability for it. That scrutiny must extend to the Prime Minister as the Minister responsible.

“We will not get to the truth, or to justice for the 88 New Zealanders at the heart of today’s report, through a piecemeal approach.”

Ms Harré said the case should worry every New Zealander who believed in open democracy.

“The big picture is that agencies of the state operated outside the law against individuals and absolutely no one is being held accountable. A Royal Commission must examine in detail what happened, point to those responsible and make recommendations for new laws that ensure that a case like this never happens again.

“New Zealand’s security and law enforcement agencies cannot be used like a second rate private detective firm.

“Until the Royal Commission is established the Prime Minister must front up and answer serious questions about the illegal operations of the departments he is in charge of.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Cannabis Party: Treasury Figures On Cost Of Criminalisation

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Investigation Into Mental Health Facilities Shows Disarray

The Health Minister must urgently launch an inquiry into mental health services, after serious issues with the standard of care at mental health and disability facilities around the country were revealed today, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news