Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words

Via The Dim-Post, a summary of National's new spy bill in one picture:


People will say that "the government will never do this". The problem is that the bill makes it purely a matter of trust. Rather than a law saying that they cannot spy on kiwis, it will be down to one person: the Prime Minister. And the fact that John Key is pushing this bill at all shows how easily that person is subject to policy capture by the agency they are supposed to be overseeing.

I trust laws, not men. My privacy shouldn't depend on whether John Key had his coffee this morning, and neither should yours. This bill needs to be scrapped.

(Meanwhile, someone should print some of these out, and stick them on lampposts around Wellington and Auckland...)