The deadline for the Intelligence Review Looms
It is only two weeks until the far from independent Intelligence Review needs to table their report at parliament. Many see it only as heralding more legal changes to legalise what they currently do and it will also strengthen ties with the Five-Eyes
Lisa Fong will be the person in the hot seat when the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament receive the report on or before 29th February.
According to the GCSB, Lisa has been employed there since 2012 – if that date is correct, that puts Lisa working at the GCSB when they were found to have spied illegally on 88 New Zealanders. She may have been giving advice then to Hugh Wolfensohn, the Deputy Director of Mission Enablement (DDME) and part-time legal advisor, who resigned in March 2013 just weeks before the Kitteridge report became public.
Lisa would also have been working there as the legal advisor when operation 'WTO Project' was active and the GCSB was spying on Tim Groser's rivals for the position of director-general of the WTO. The GCSB operation involved covert surveillance of candidates from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jordan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and South Korea.
Whilst Lisa has been working there the GCSB has been spying on Pacific countries and everyone residing, passing through or holidaying in that area.
Lisa was working there when it was written in tbe 2014 NZIC report that, among other things, the intelligence community had to ensure they comply with the law.
When the far from independent Intelligence Review is finally released, it will probably herald law changes to make legal a lot of the unlawful activities that have become public since the Dotcom raid and the Snowden leaks of 2012 and 2013.
To make law changes is the role of the Intelligence Review, this was clearly stated in the top-secret briefing to John Key in 2014.The briefing stated that the "review should provide a sound basis on which to develop new legislation."
Any new legislation will only strengthen the already so-called only 'arguably legal' acts of the GCSB and ensure that NZ stays firmly entrenched in the Five-Eyes.
The next few weeks may prove busy for Lisa Fong.