All of the kittens, dead? Unless we do something. Now!
Toby Manhire reviews the escalating opposition to the GCSB Bill in Spy bill do-gooders get their comeuppance.
When the namby-pamby do-gooders at the Human Rights Commission
- expressed misgivings about the new GCSB bill and its sidekick the telecommunications interception bill, John Key showed them who was boss.
Take the privacy commissioner.
- She may emphasise that the new GCSB powers should be “demonstrably necessary and justified”. She may argue for a postponement of the whole process, and that “a body such as the Law Commission should be asked to investigate the most appropriate shape of legislation to govern the intelligence agencies”. But, as with the bleeding-heart human rights bludgers, this argument is easy to demolish.
And the Law Commission now?
Then there’s the Law Society.
- In a tediously detailed submission they say they’re concerned that “in the absence of compelling grounds for urgency, its use degrades the democratic quality of the legislative process”. They bemoan the lack of a “full and informed debate” and “proper analysis” on the need for “the intrusion represented by these reforms”.
The former director of the GCSB…
- Sir Bruce Ferguson, is another who has said the legislation should not be going through under urgency.
What about the Legislative Advisory Committee,
- appointed by the Minister of Justice and tasked with advising on good legislative practice, public law and all that? They reckon the bill lacks clarity and could do with providing greater safeguards and oversight. But they would say that.
Internet NZ, meanwhile,
- witter on about the absence of provision for “meaningful, adequate, independent oversight”, as well as the “lack of sufficient checks and balances”, and something about “offending the principle of the rule of law”. But you know what these internet people are like. Hackers, pretty much. Or, worse, bloggers.
Along with Tech Liberty and a bunch of other people working in the IT sector,
- they’ve also been banging on about metadata: about the failure to define this rapidly swelling and information-rich stuff, and the potential for its indiscriminate collection.
However, what none of these so-called experts has managed to explain is how they’d feel if their attitudes paved the way for the systematic extermination of all the world’s kittens by masked terrorist gangs. All of the kittens, dead.
One commenter says there’s more chance of being struck by lightning than being killed by a terrorist attack.
Surely far more kittens in New Zealand – and children, and adults – are scared by lightning than scared by terrorists. The Bill should be changed then. The GCSB should be allowed to spy on lightning.
Just think how many kittens that might save.