Posts by Idiot Savant

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    Key is saying any data contributed by the GCSB would have been obtained by a warrant.

    That's an interesting claim, given that the law says that the GCSB cannot apply for a warrant targeting a New Zealander for intelligence purposes.

    I think someone needs to ask him if he's signed any such warrants.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald,

    The latest from Key:

    Prime Minister John Key cannot rule out the US National Security Agency (NSA) is undertaking mass surveillance of Kiwis' data, but has rejected claims New Zealand's own spies would have access to any such information.

    "What I can say is the GCSB [Government Communications Security Bureau] does not have access to any information through XKeyscore or any other database, unless they basically comply with the New Zealand law, and the New Zealand law forbids that - unless there is a warrant to do so."

    Except as Snowden has said, they do. The only question is whether they filter it by checking the FVEY box or not. Key is claiming they always do. And if you believe that, I have a pair of big white spherical buildings in Marlborough to sell you.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald, in reply to Peter Green,

    Sir Bruce Ferguson was fairly clear on Radio NZ that something is only legally "interception" if it's targeted. Therefore "indiscriminate interception" is technically an oxymoron in GCSB doublespeak.

    He needs to read the law.

    Legally its "intercepted" if it is acquired or recorded, or if its "substance, meaning, or sense" is. So, if the GCSB puts it into a database but doesn't look at it, that's interception, as is looking at a summary prepared by a foreign partner. And both are absolutely illegal if done to the communications of a New Zealander for intelligence purposes.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Note that the PM can limit IGIS's access to information

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1996/0047/latest/DLM392545.html?search=ta_act_I_ac%40ainf%40anif_an%40bn%40rn_200_a&p=1

    So if the GCSB or their Minister don't want the watchdog to bark, they can blind it.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald,

    We're definitely working on reporting about the money that changes hands between GCSB and NSA. I think the reporting will reveal that it goes both ways. The GCSB purchases rather expensive equipment and other capabilities from the NSA and the NSA also funds various activities here in New Zealand.

    I wonder how that fits with the Public Finance Act? At first glance, its illegal for the GCSB to spend NSA money unless its been appropriated for them by Parliament or authorised under another enactment...

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition,

    Public Address gets results. When I looked at this petition last night, it had ~200 signatures. Now it has 1100. They're raised ~$2500 to pay for the ad. Now they've got $4400. Good on you all.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Aidan,

    This is only peripherally related, but I downloaded my overseas voting papers (I usually don't vote as I don't want to tell you people how to live your lives, but sometimes an exception has to be made ....) and they seemed odd to me. NZF was all alone up the top, with a gap between it and the rest.

    Look at the electorate section, and it will become apparent: electorate candidates are ordered alphabetically. Parties are ordered by their electorate candidate to make it easy to give two ticks, with those without a candidate in that electorate listed alphabetically below.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to nzlemming,

    And he’s back at @whaledump2 which I/S reports has been verified by Nippert.

    Actually I verified it myself using the PGP signature. But Stuff says that Nippert has also verified it based on content (rather than encryption).

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: On the upland road,

    Meanwhile over on Pundit, Law Commissioner Wayne Mapp is saying

    Can society really afford to have the blogosphere limited only by the criminal law and the law of defamation?

    The Law Commission’s report into new media is increasingly looking like unfinished business.

    Which can only be taken as a threat.

    This isn't to deny the clear ethical problems displayed by Slater and DPF. But I'm not sure that a government crackdown on what has become a vital democratic forum is tha answer here.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The same would not, however, apply if James' post were to be published as a newspaper column. This is strange.

    Surely PA of all places is a "news media Internet site"?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1639 posts Report Reply

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