Doublethink over GCSB spying

Letter to editor of Dom Post Wellington regarding new revelations of the GCSB spying on South pacific neighbours. (not published)

The Editor
The Dominion Post
16 March, 2015

Dear Editor,

There’s an undercurrent of familiarity in New Zealand during the tenure of this National government for those of us who remember George Orwell’s 1948 classic book, ‘1984’. Orwell describes an ability to hold two contradictory thoughts at the same time, coining the word, ‘doublethink’.

In the case of Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spying the doublethink goes in stages roughly like this: 1. The government denies that the GCSB is spying on New Zealanders or Pacific islands countries. 2. Irrefutable proof is produced that they are spying, such as from Nicky Hager or Edward Snowden. 3. The government then says, of course the GCSB has been spying, there was never any secret about that, and it is in the interests of (so called) ‘national security’. 4. Most everyone forgets, or pretends to forget, there was ever a denial (stage 1).

What is ‘security’ in the government’s view that allows them to spy this widely? It’s not protecting against so called ‘terrorism’. It’s not protecting NZ jobs of the ‘living wage’ variety. It’s about protecting the interests of those few individuals and corporations which have the best opportunity to gain and hold onto the greatest wealth, and in general to protect the ability of the consumer economy to continue to exploit national and global natural ecologies.

Richard Keller
13 Endeavour St.
Wellington 6022


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