Posts by kevinM

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    I though the telling sentence was: "the time for her to speak out publicly on this case was after any trial was concluded, not before"

    In some cases this might actually be valid, but a key issue here (pardon the pun) is that there might not be a trial. Apart from a few sly insinuations in the editorial, no one seems to be denying that a crime almost certainly took place. And the victim would have been denied any chance of justice unless someone spoke out about it.

    Wellington • Since May 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand,

    My takeaways:

    Given the capabilities listed, and the volume of events captured, it's almost impossible to believe that lots of data about NZ citizens was not recorded.

    As Tom has suggested, there's a smugness and arrogance in the slidepacks that deeply disturbs me. The Yanks and the Brits and the Aussies have overreached their legal powers and lied about it and been caught. While I would like to believe that our own spooks are squeaky clean, I think that Ian Fletcher is deliberatly misleading us, if not flat-out lying.

    It's quite clear from the documentation that thees capabilities are being used for diplomatic advantage and financial advantage of US corporations.

    Wellington • Since May 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply