Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    Remember when most of the country ( and Helen Clark ) did not want NZ troops in any capacity in Afghanistan. They went anyway.

    Remember when most of the country did not want NZ troops in Vietnam. They went anyway

    An then years later it turned out that LBJ had secretly threatened to cut off all our trade ties if we didn’t go and our (National) government acceded without a peep

    I spent most of my teenage years in NZ scared of the draft, the ballot stopped less than 6 months before my 18th birthday

    There’s history here, the sort you are supposed to learn so that you don’t repeat it, I don’t want another generation of kiwi kids to live under that cloud ever

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Jake - PA is an environment where we're all fairly familiar with each other, we've argued just about everything to death for more than a decade - as such we're pretty familiar with people coming in and astro-turfing, we've seen it over and over again, it got tiresome long ago.

    Have a look at your latest post it says "Since Sep 2014 • 47 posts" (all in the past week), and look at Danielle's it says "Since Nov 2006 • 3646 posts " she's likely been posting even longer because we only started counting in Nov 2006.

    So as an obvious newbie here you do have a higher bar to jump if you want to be credible - you start again with your real name, you could go out of your way to be polite, you could listen to others for a while without telling them - I'm sure you get the idea ... did I mention the being polite bit, the listening to others bit .... they're an important part of why this place is a fun and interesting place to be .... what it isn't is whailoil or kiwblog

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: "Project SPEARGUN underway",

    I thought that the 5-eyes had agreements that they would not spy on each other (or does "each other" only mean governments and not their citizens)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: "Project SPEARGUN underway",

    I will was just thinking, this piece of equipment Key says they test fitted "like a muffler" where is it now? Still at the bottom of the a sea? In the GCSB basement in Wellington? I can't imagine there's much of a market for "only got wet once" cable taps

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Last night TVNZ said they'd previously been in this situation with a Coldplay song and "Chariots of Fire", surely this 3rd strike means they're out?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Well there was a Q/A time for the press at the end - that would have been a great question to ask.

    Snowden had previously released a whole bunch of documents about xkeyscore and how it worked and what its capabilities were, he had already explained that in order to meet various legal strictures there were filters in place that allowed various intelligence agencies to operate under their local laws .... I don't think it's inconsistent with what he's previously said that there's a NZ check box up there with the US, UK, Aussie and Canadian ones - it's not like he's suddenly said this is a thing

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    'adam' we know NZ is hooked into the system because it's part of 5-eyes - Snowdon is a 1st person witness of what the system does, there are no other such witnesses who have come forward to say otherwise. So far we think we can trust him because everything else he has released has turned out to be true.

    Key on the other hand has changed his story 2-3 times a day for the past week and at this point seems to be spinning so fast he may actually take off under his own momentum

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    If you're tapping a cable in real time and saving all the data in a central store you have a little problem - you need to install more cables to get the data there - theoretically as cables fill up you need as many clandestine cables as you have real ones .... not something you can really hide (or afford).

    Instead it makes more sense to but your data repositories as close to the tap points as possible, in our case it would likely be Auckland or Hawaii.

    Remember how a Google search works - each search hits hundreds of Google servers to return you your results, I expect that XKEYSCORE works the same way

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: "Project SPEARGUN underway", in reply to Graham Dunster,

    This just in from Germany – http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/snowden-documents-indicate-nsa-has-breached-deutsche-telekom-a-991503.html</q>

    yes the basic assumption here is that they can hack any router (including your home DSL/fibre gateway and your phone company's cell tower) to see the devices located behind it

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    A Modern Prime Minister

    I am the very model of a modern Pri-um-Minister
    I've information political, sec-e-ret, and sinister,
    I know Obama of America, my GCSB's quite fanatical
    It supports his spies though legally its really problematical
    I'm very well acquainted, too, with evil matters political,
    I understand my lies and secrets often are hypocritical
    About the truth I seem to be rather sparing with my views
    Instead I'm calling names like 'hench' and 'fat' with really no excuse
    But really my goal in life this week is simply just to confuse,
    With a week to go voters don't need to be thinking up new views
    In short, in matters political, secret, and sinister,
    I am the very model of a modern Prime-Minister

    I know our mythic history, Muldoon Shipley and Bol-e-ger
    I know my dirty politics, I have my own foot soldier
    My mate Slater does our dirty politics at my bi-illing
    We control the media, with slime we make a ki-illing
    He writes what we want, says the things we really cant
    With venom and bile he puts it forth with our persona-al slant
    And claims it's all from secret tips when it's just our man Ede
    Who's hiding from the world somewhere until he can be freed
    When it's all over we'll let him out and pretend that he's just
    Been on holiday, nothing to see here, move along, no public trust
    In short, in matters political, secret, and sinister,
    I am the very model of a modern Prime-Minister

    with apologies to G&S (I've mangled a few lines)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

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