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Are New Zealanders resigned and accepting about being spied on?

Sep 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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IF you live in New Zealand, you are being spied on – but what can we do about it?

That is the general consensus of Wellingtonians on the street when NewsWire asked about the mass surveillance operation revealed at Kim Dotcoms “moment of truth” last night.

Those spoken to feel powerless to fight the system, or they accept mass surveillance as a necessary evil in modern society.

“What can we do smash the city? I’m definitely conscious of being spied on. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realise what’s going on,” says Christopher John (33), Thorndon.

Sarah Jamison (42) from Karori says she would not care. “I would rather know that we had strong national security.”

Almost every interview subject was aware of the controversy and believed there is substance to whistle blower Edward Snowden’s claims that a facility run by the National Security Agency operates out of Auckland.

Graham Aitkin(62) Mount Cook“I don’t have anything to hide, the idea it could save cops some footwork is not a bad thing but I think it’s unnecessary for the general public,” says Peter Morgan (58) from Kilbirnie says.

“There are spies all over the world but being a multi-cultural non terrorist threat we shouldn’t be subjected to surveillance.” he says.

Snowden also claims to have had access to all kiwis’ private communications.

Jessica Brockie (33) of Mirimar, backs the prime minister and refused to believe the allegations.

“I would be very surprised to hear of it happening in New Zealand, not so much the U.S. but I don’t think it happens here,” she says.

The response from some interviewed was that as regular citizens, there is very little we can do.

Graham Aitkin, right, (62) of Mount Cook says: “In a global sense I can see the benefit of identifying patterns and threats however I

Monica Gerhard (59) Newtowndon’t believe I am affected as I am not very interesting”.

Others felt that they would be of no interest to those conducting mass surveillance on Kiwis and could see the potential benefits.

“I don’t think the government would care about me emailing my aunty about Christmas plans” Sarah Jamison says.

There was a degree of anger among some of the public, saying they felt “intruded upon” and that the idea of being spied on was “creepy”.

Monica Gerhard, left, (59) of Newtown, says: “The bigger question is who is using the information and why? Do we want to be citizens of the United States? Why has the public not grasped this?”

“Oh man I’d be so angry if they were tapping into my emails and phone calls. I would want to complain but you couldn’t go to the cops,” Dana Hapeta (36) Thorndon says.

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tama resizedJohn Key has continued to deny the allegations claiming categorically that no such mass surveillance exists.


Other notable comments included:

John Smith (48) England: “(Kim) Dotcom lives a very charmed life and must have some very good lawyers on his payroll. I’m English, I won’t tell you how to play rugby and I certainly won’t get involved in your politics.”

Thomas Tondu (26) CBD, left: “It makes me feel bad but it is the same in France. It’s the same everywhere. It is part and parcel of living in 2014. I am very safe on the internet so it won’t affect the way I communicate. ”

Nick Vandriel (31) Mairangi, : “It’s bad. It will absolutely affect what I say and how I say it. ”

Matthew Hawkins (24) CBD, right: “I don’t know, I don’t care. ”














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