Exclusive: They Spy with Their Little Eye

The Five Eyes, a part of what the NSA calls internally its “global network,” have their dirty fingerprints all over the latest spying scandal engulfing New Zealand, writes exiled Kiwi journalist and activist Suzie Dawson.

NZ Spy Scandal:  Elephants In The Room;
US Used NZ Spies to Spy on Third Countries,
Including France; US Army Ready for Unrest

By Suzie Dawson
Special to Consortium News

I’ve spent six years alternately begging major NZ journalists to investigate state-sponsored spying on activists including me, and, out of sheer necessity, reporting extensively on it myself from within the vacuum created by their inaction. So it is somewhat bemusing to now observe the belated unfolding of what ex-Member of Parliament and Greenpeace NZ Executive Director Russel Norman is describing as New Zealand’s “Watergate moment.”

In the wake of the bombshell release of a State Services Commission report into the affair, Norman wrote: “My key takeaway is that under the previous government, no one was safe from being spied on if they disagreed with government policy.”

This is a remarkable statement from Norman, who once sat on the very government committee tasked with oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies. The futility of that lofty position was reflected in my 2014 pieceGlenn Greenwald and the Irrelevance of Electoral Politics which quoted Greenwald, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks, saying of Norman:

“You had the Green Party leader here in New Zealand say in an interview that I watched that he was on the committee that oversees the GCSB [ Government Communications Security Bureau – NZ’s electronic spying agency] and yet he learned far more about what the agency does by reading our stories than he did in briefings. They really have insulated themselves from the political process and have a lot of tools to ensure that they continue to grow and their power is never questioned.”

The sands are shifting: Over a dozen government agencies including the New Zealand Police are revealed to have been engaging private intelligence firms such as the notorious Thompson and Clark Investigations Limited to spy on New Zealand citizens engaged in issue-based democratic dissent, activism in general, or who were deemed to present an economic or political ‘risk’ to the bureaucracy or the private sector in New Zealand.

The media response has predictably walked the safest line – focusing on the egregiousness of the victimisation of the least politically involved targets such as earthquake insurance claimants and child abuse survivors, and honing in on the very bottom rungs of the culpability ladder. They are as yet failing to confront the international and geopolitical foundations that lie under the surface of outsourced state-sponsored spying in New Zealand.

The truth is that the roots of the issue go far deeper than subcontractors like Thompson and Clark. The chain of complicity and collusion leads far beyond the head of any department or agency, including the Head of the State Services Commission. It goes beyond even the Beehive (housing the cabinet rooms), the New Zealand Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister.

At its core, this scandal is a reflection of fundamental flaws in the very fabric of intelligence gathering practices in New Zealand, its infrastructure and network – where the collected data flows, whom the collection of that data serves and to which masters our intelligence services ultimately answer.

I agree with Russel Norman that this could be New Zealand’s Watergate moment. But there are major aspects which to this day, have not been meaningfully addressed, if at all, by the New Zealand media – and of which the vast majority of the New Zealand public remain unaware, to their detriment.

Firstly: where is the data that is being collected by these spies really going? Secondly: who is directing New Zealand’s human intelligence assets and apparatus in foreign intelligence operations? And thirdly: what is the impact for Kiwis who unwittingly cross paths with our spy agencies in a country where the legal definition of ‘threat to national security’ has been removed?

1. ICWatch New Zealand

When the savant-like and (then) still teenaged M.C. McGrath, founder of the Transparency Toolkit, received an email from a member of the U.S. intelligence community threatening, “I promise that I will kill everyone involved in your website. There is nowhere on this earth that you will be able to hide from me,” he took the threat seriously. He had good reason to. His ICWatch initiative was using open source data to expose specific players, contracts and commercial relationships in the global intelligence community.

McGrath had discovered almost by accident that secret programs and projects, which would usually be hidden from public scrutiny, were often bragged about on the curriculum vitaes of current and ex-service members posted on LinkedIn. By pooling the publicly available data contained within their CV’s, he was able to shine light on many covert programs that we otherwise may not have ever known existed. Within the year he would resettle in Berlin, living in exile and his project rehoused at WikiLeaks. “Murderous spooks drive journalistic project to WikiLeaks” read the headline of WikiLeaks’ press release announcing their acquisition of ICWatch.

To my knowledge, no member of the New Zealand media has ever thought to peruse the ICWatch database to examine the extent of New Zealand’s involvement in that integrated “global network”, as the NSA so eloquently calls it. Or more appropriately, “the Total Force” referenced by ex-Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, when he redefined the term at a key moment post 9/11.

Jeremy Scahill, author of the fantastic read “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” described Rumsfeld’s policy as being what “would become known as the Rumsfeld Doctrine, where you use high technology, small footprint forces and an increased and accelerated use of private contractors in fighting the wars.” (The ‘Total Force’ wasn’t just used to encapsulate these civilian contractors but also to indemnify them from prosecution or civil liability.)

The American adoption of large numbers of private contractors into their military has helped to stretch their tentacles deep into the South Pacific. It turns out that little old New Zealand is so in bed with this for-profit global surveillance network as to account for several hundred references that appear in ICWatch.

A study of the fine print on each search result reveals multiple intriguing tidbits: a reference to U.S. Army personnel being stationed in New Zealand. Another is to a New Zealand military liaison officer being stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland, a major U.S. military base and home of the NSA. (The existence of these liaison positions was revealed some years back however it is interesting to ponder what files may have crossed that desk in recent years.)

By far the most fascinating reference to New Zealand that I have found in ICWatch so far is to a U.S. Army intelligence officer who claims to have integrated “Czech, British, New Zealand and Jordanian intelligence into the Brigade’s CI/HUMINT enterprise”:

The above revelation that New Zealand’s Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence information and/or operations have been integrated into the U.S. intelligence databases and network is significant. It suggests that rather than sharing intelligence on a case by case basis, our spies are in fact supplying information wholesale and operating as a component of U.S. intelligence forces.

At the 2014 ‘Moment of Truth’ event in Auckland, Edward Snowden spoke of having direct access to “full-take” signals intelligence information from New Zealand while working as an NSA contractor. All of it, directly from the pipe. He said that in order to access that information, he merely had to tick a check box which said “New Zealand.”

The discovery that the products of our electronic intelligence gathering efforts and the output of our human intelligence network and their informants are being fed directly into the United States “global network” has massive ramifications. Particularly when we consider that the sources of that information may not just be from our overseas/military operations but also from our domestic policing operations. That it could include information obtained not just by our spy agencies and our police agencies – but by their subcontractors, like Thompson and Clark Investigations Limited.

The same U.S. Army intel officer listed in ICWatch also makes reference to “lethal and non-lethal targeting in the COIN efforts of the unit”. COIN stands for U.S. COunterINsurgency doctrine and operations. Counterterrorism is inherently interlinked. In 2015 Michael Gould-Wartofsky, then-PhD candidate at New York University and author of “The new age of Counterinsurgency policing” in The Nation as well as “The Occupiers: The Making of the 99% Movement” was interviewed at length about the crossover between military counterinsurgency operations in areas of operation, and domestic counterterrorism intelligence operations in the West targeted at dissenters:

“Counterinsurgency emerged as a strategy for control and containment of what was seen as enemy forces in foreign combat zones in the 1960s… and has really experienced a revival of sorts, a renaissance, since 9/11… we’ve seen counterinsurgency understood as a struggle for control over contested political space, political territory. We see this counterinsurgency strategy imported back to the homeland, back to domestic uses. So the counterinsurgency framework depends on the establishment and consolidation of control over a population and over a given territory through both military means, that is, security forces, in the case of domestic protests…”

A section of my 2016 piece Understanding World War III” reported on an official Pentagon strategic planning video released by The Intercept, which revealed that the U.S. Army considers the urban landscape of the world’s major cities to be the ground zero combat zones of the future. This contextualises the militarisation of police (including in New Zealand), who have been supplied with military-grade weapons and training.

As I summarised in the piece: “There is now evidence that stormtrooper-like riot police serving as a domestic army is in fact in alignment with the strategic plans of the Department of Defence.”

The video invokes military Counterinsurgency doctrine “honed in the cities of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan“:

In the video, the U.S. Army repeatedly refers to images of militarised riot police as “our soldiers“:

The video states that the Department of Defence must “redefine doctrine and the force in radically new and different ways… The future army will confront a highly sophisticated urban-centric threat…”

The interconnectedness of U.S. law enforcement authorities with those of international partners is further evidenced in yet another ICWatch entry. A “Lead Business Architect” for the “Analytical Framework Program (AFP)” for the “Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison” goes into detail about an application he developed in conjunction with the U.S.’s Five Eyes partners – Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The express purpose was to address “the multi-year challenge of sharing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) with the Heads of Intelligence (HINT)...”

He makes specific reference to having utilised “the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Law Enforcement Online (LEO) web portal.” The existence of web portals where intelligence agencies across the global network can both request and receive information is further illustrated in the Snowden documents. The NSA has what it calls an “Information Needs Portal” where its customers (which range from law enforcement agencies, to foreign intelligence services, to U.S. government departments and even the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is not a U.S. government body) can submit “Information Needs Requests.”

In “Decipher You”, I examine Snowden documents live online with Elizabeth Lea Vos, editor-in-chief of Disobedient MediaAn excerpt of our study of the NSA’s “Information Needs Portal” (the process by which customers access NSA data) can be viewed here:

Just as we Kiwis might log into our internet banking web portals, or our online grocery shopping – these military, law enforcement officers and contractors log onto spy portals to access the information hoovered up by surveillance operations around the world, including in our homeland.

The ability of the agencies of foreign powers, far removed from local surveillance contractors on the ground gathering data on citizens, to access and utilise that data at whim, means that companies like Thompson and Clark Investigations, even if not directly employed by them, effectively become proxy forces for those foreign powers.

From the perspective of the “global network”, it’s free manpower. From the perspective of a target, those surveilling them on the ground become virtually indistinguishable from those watching from inside the global data matrix that increasingly holds influence over all of our lives.

2. The US is Dispatching Our Spies

However, we know thanks to WikiLeaks that the parasitic relationship between U.S. and New Zealand intelligence is not merely passive or voyeuristic.

We now have proof that the U.S. has been dispatching New Zealand human intelligence officers, sending them on overseas missions. And not simply to Afghanistan or Iraq. But in one case, to infiltrate a multitude of political parties contesting the 2012 Presidential elections of an ally – France.

While reported in France, the astonishing revelation was widely ignored by corporate media outlets across the five nations involved in perpetrating the espionage – the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

During the 2017 Internet Party campaign which I led, I used the one and only mainstream media radio interview that I was granted during the entire election season to drive home my concern about the implications of it. I told radio presenter Wallace Chapman:

“In February of this year, WikiLeaks published a document which is from the CIA. In the document, the CIA is dispatching New Zealand human intelligence spies to France, to penetrate political parties in the French Presidential election. So we hear about mass surveillance and about our data being sent to the United States but this is next level. This is the intelligence agency of a foreign power sending dispatch orders to New Zealand foreign intelligence personnel.”

The document itself is fascinating. It is the U.S. version of the dispatch orders, so the subsequent requirements pages (which are worth reading in their entirety, as they outline the specific objectives and types of information the U.S. wants to gather from each political party and even ranks them in order of priority) are largely marked S/NF meaning Secret/No Foreign Nationals – for the eyes of U.S. agencies only. The document states that “additional versions of this requirement have been sent to HUMINT collectors” which seems to suggest that the particulars of dispatch orders from the U.S. vary depending upon who they are issuing them to.

That the UK is named is fascinating. Logically, the UK version of the dispatch orders wouldn’t have disclosed that French political parties’ communications with the UK were part of the brief.

So not only are Five Eyes HUMINT spies being dispatched by a foreign power, they’re doing so for reasons that may not be known to them.

All of the above is a real-world illustration of the dangers of integrating New Zealand’s intelligence services with the “global network” and making our personnel available to ultimately serve the interests of a foreign nation.

A key point in the Cullen-Reddy Report of the First Independent Review of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand, undertaken in the wake of the GCSB movement and related spying scandals in New Zealand in the period 2012 onwards, has forever stuck with me. The Hon. Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy clearly stated:

“Close co-operation on operational matters also creates a risk of some loss of independence, both operationally and potentially also in relation to our intelligence, defence and foreign policy settings…New Zealand’s national interests… do not and cannot exactly coincide with those of any other country, no matter how friendly or close.” (Emphasis added)

A further WikiLeaks release shows that the U.S. weren’t only involving New Zealand in spying on France for political reasons alone. They were ordering us to steal commercial and trade secrets as well.

The beneficiaries of the spying (“Supported Elements”) are listed on the orders and include the United States Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of Energy and Infrastructure, to name a few.

Which is all deeply ironic, for both ex-President Barack Obama and ex-Attorney General Eric Holder publicly asserted that the U.S. does not spy for economic reasons or engage in theft of intellectual property.

In May of 2014 The New York Times reported:

To their credit, the Times went on to detail a number of instances of the U.S. engaging in economic spying, and cited Snowden documents to back it up. Indeed, there are countless files in the Snowden leaks that reference spying under the guise of “Economic Security”. The practice is so rife that the NSA holds an annual “Global Economic Security Day” where they invite members of industry “from across the U.S. Economics and Intelligence Communities” to “enhance their networks” and discuss with them how they can best be served by U.S. intelligence services:

This all gets particularly interesting, where it intersects with national defence legislation. For the great Orwellian twist in this saga, is that the justifications used in law to target citizens, reference the very same activities in which these agencies are themselves engaged.

3. Preying on the Citizenry and Making a Profit

There is no doubt that the U.S. influence on NZ intelligence sharing policy was greatly enhanced by the ascendence of John Key to the office of Prime Minister in 2008. An ICWatch entry indicates that the U.S. was directly involved in drafting “enhanced” information sharing policy for our spy agencies:

The contractor named in the above screenshot commenced the role in October of 2008, less than a month prior to New Zealand’s 2008 General Election and stayed on through May 2015 so the project would have had to occur within that period.

Within those same years and beyond, New Zealand’s spy agencies have been “enhanced” by more than intelligence sharing – they have been given more money, and increasingly invasive powers, at every turn. This despite them having lurched from scandal to scandal, resulting in the GCSB in particular being permanently etched in the public consciousness and lexicon as little more than a meme, a joke, fit only to be depicted in a cartoon. (Or another cartoon, or another, or another, or another…)

Instead of being punished for the constant revelations of their illegal activity, the GCSB were ultimately rewarded with the granting of retroactive immunity for their crimes. Their incompetence earned them increased budgets and scope. Their non-subjection to any meaningful accountability appears to have been cemented by the release of yet another critical oversight report in 2018. The agency, famous for breaking the law, is apparently breaking the law again. It seems that either they have learned nothing, or perceive that they don’t need to, because they know full well that the true overseers of the “global network” are not in New Zealand at all; are perfectly happy with what they are doing; thus they won’t ever be made to change.

The inclusion of corporate contractors as military personnel under the umbrella Rumsfeld’s “Total Force” has introduced profit motive to intelligence targeting. And so it is, that just as I warned in 2015:

“Due to the for-profit nature of these crimes, which are perpetuated and facilitated by governments and therefore NOT recognised and prosecuted by those governments, the problem is snowballing into a situation where not only protesters and journalists are being stalked and intimidated but even doctors, researchers, scientists, educators, civil servants, and anyone at all who gets in the way of the establishment.”

Civilians are being caught up in the ever-expanding dragnet of the “global network” – the logical outcome of mixing a perpetual growth model with the surveillance industry:

“The thing about the privatisation of spying is that profit requires growth, and growth in this industry means more targets. So it was never going to be a finite thing. It was never going to be, we will just target the activists. Because, if you just target the activists… first of all, they try to diminish the total number of activists and that would mean less profit. So in order to have more profit, they have to constantly expand the sectors of society that they spy on. We’ve seen this in New Zealand. Surveillance cameras used to be for safety in a dark, dingy area. Now they are absolutely everywhere at all times. They have to have ever-increasing saturation of spying in order to make money from it.”– Diary of a Person of Interest

The Anne-Marie Brady case is the most high profile recent example of politically-motivated targeting in New Zealand. Brady’s claims are precisely in step with, and validate past claims myself and other New Zealanders have been making for years. Our experiences foreshadowed hers as if they were mirror images: vehicular sabotage, thefts of electronic equipment, home invasions, surveillance, harassment and other types of psychological targeting methods employed against us by these agencies and their subcontractors.

Dozens if not hundreds more victims would be found if anyone in the NZ media took the leap into the rabbit hole.

I applaud and am relieved for Brady that she has been able to create a bulwark of public support where many other targets are simply written off as crazy or met with a wall of disbelief and silence.

There is a depressing incentive for onlookers to turn the other way when confronted with an issue such as state-level targeting of a citizen. To believe, and to confront the issue, leads to a very scary, very uncomfortable place. To disbelieve is to relieve oneself of any moral obligation to act.

What neither Brady nor her supporters seem aware of or willing to address, however, is that her work didn’t just shine a huge light on China. It focused directly on the same political network that was implicated in the Dirty Politics scandal of 2014. From Brady’s now-famous research paper:

John Key, Judith Collins, David Wong-Tung – these are very familiar names in New Zealand. Brady seems unable to acknowledge that by exposing many questionable connections between China and New Zealand, she is not just exposing the Chinese.

She is exposing New Zealanders. Very well connected New Zealanders.

Recently in an New Zealand Herald interview, Brady complained of being stonewalled when she had tried to supply her information to New Zealand intelligence services ahead of publishing it:

When I made a Privacy Act request to the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) asking for any information they held on me, they sent me a response stating that I had not supplied required information and that they would neither “confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence” or any data they held on me. I proved to both the NZSIS and the Privacy Commissioner’s Office that I had in fact supplied the requested information and asked for the SIS’s response to be amended accordingly, to no avail.

When I made a Privacy Act request to the GCSB asking explicitly whether I was one of the 80+ New Zealanders known to have been illegally spied on by them they sought an extension to the deadline, stating that they would have to undergo “consultation” before they could respond to me. They eventually responded and said that they would neither confirm nor deny whether I was, citing section 32, and section 27(1)a of the Privacy Act 1993.

I had made my Privacy Act requests in the wake of what I call “the Locke precedent.” Ex Green Party Member of Parliament Keith Locke had also been told by the GCSB that they could neither confirm nor deny whether he was targeted by them. When he took his complaints to the Privacy Commissioner, according to the Otago Daily Times:

After appealing to Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, Locke received a letter from Fletcher last week.

“I can confirm that you are not amongst the 88 and that GCSB has not conducted surveillance of you.”

When I complained to the Privacy Commissioner about the GCSB having failed to confirm or deny that I was a target, I got a completely different outcome than Locke did.

The Privacy Commission said that they had investigated and that the SIS and GCSB had correctly applied section 32 of the Act and that disclosure to me of whether information was or was not held about me would prejudice sections 27 and 28 of the Privacy Act.

So what on earth are sections 27 and 28 of the Privacy Act?

National security, international relations and trade secrets.

Given the above, it is reasonable to suspect that Brady’s work may have been deemed to be a threat to the international relations of New Zealand – specifically, it’s relationship with China. While China is most likely to be responsible for any targeting of Brady’s contacts on Chinese soil, as she claims has occurred, the NZSIS’s failure to respond to her initial contacts to them, and their long track record of identical methods of political targeting on NZ soil makes it far less likely that China is responsible for Brady’s targeting in New Zealand. As it is the SIS who are now supposedly investigating the targeting of Brady in New Zealand, I’d recommend she start filing her Privacy Act requests now.

The timing of my own Privacy Act requests was not insignificant. In August of 2016, The Intercept in conjunction with television network TVNZ and investigative journalist Nicky Hager revealed the identity of one of the Kiwis who had been then-illegally targeted by the GCSB – Tony Fullman. His case was detailed in the Snowden archive. Sure enough, he was a pro-democracy campaigner, targeted by New Zealand security services under anti-terrorism legislation. His home had been raided, and his passport had been revoked.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the GCSB had sent his personal data to the NSA in Hawaii, where Ed was stationed, in 2012.

It was in 2011 that I first began experiencing politically motivated targeting, and in 2012 that I began seriously investigating the FBI’s activities on New Zealand soil, and the activities of private intelligence contractors. In an April 2012 interview I broke down precisely the types of capabilities of these spies, that a little over a year later, Edward Snowden would conclusively prove had been occurring:

The passage of the 2013 GCSB Bill didn’t whet the appetite of the spy agencies for greater powers. In 2016 the New Zealand government began desperately trying to pass (and eventually did) ‘urgent’ legislation to further enable it to revoke the citizenships of… you guessed it, threats to national security. Simultaneously, they were proposing to redefine the legal definition of what the term “threat to national security’ even meant and were eventually successful. In the words of the Cabinet Paper from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as a result of their efforts: “The Act now avoids defining the term ‘national security’ in legislation… allowing it to be adaptive to an ever-changing security environment.

So who gets to decide whether national security is at stake in any given case?

“…it must be determined by the Minister responsible for the relevant intelligence and security agency and a Commissioner of Intelligence Warrants whether something is a matter of national security.”

Determined without a legal definition.

Great Questions

The activities of the New Zealand agencies are carbon copies of what is going on in many other countries around the world – all countries in fact, which are allied with the U.S.: from the integration of their intelligence networks and systems, the appropriation of their human and technical resources by proxy, the mass surveillance of their own and other’s populations, to allowing their assets to be dispatched in the service of a foreign nation.

Their activities have legislative, commercial and constitutional ramifications, as well as impacting negatively upon human rights and democracy as a whole.

Whether the unfolding spy scandal in New Zealand may yet see the resignation of a department head or two, the slap on the wrist of a few police officers, or the shuttering of Thompson & Clark Investigations Limited remains to be seen. From the perspective of the “global network”, all of those people are dispensable and countless others will soon fill their places. It is likely the ink on new contracts is already dried.

But what we need, collectively as a public, is much more than a few firings, or a blacklisted contractor. We need a long, hard, serious think about how it is that entities which we fund and vest powers in, are able to destroy Kiwi lives with such abandon, and the ways in which government agencies, police agencies and corporate entities are pooling their data, their resources and their authority in order to do it.

The only way out of this mess is to reclaim our data sovereignty and assert our national sovereignty.

Of the NZSIS and GCSB we must ask: How they are able to serve the interests of a foreign power above and beyond our own national interest? How are they allowing themselves to be dispatched on missions that they themselves may not even understand the particulars of, where the beneficiary is another nation state and the country being victimised is an ally?

How it is that our national interest ended up being subjugated by the “global network”? Is this is a picture of a future that we want for our country and our communities?

A lot has been learned from the Thompson & Clark scandal but a lot hasn’t been too.

We know that Thompson & Clark spied on multiple political parties – the State Services Commission report refers to both the Mana Movement in 2014 (then allied with the Internet Party of New Zealand of which I am currently party president) and the Green Party having been targets. But we still don’t know the full extent or ramifications of any human intelligence infiltration, data exfiltration, or who Thompson Clark spied on them for.

The LinkedIn page of Gavin Clark, Director of Thompson & Clark Investigations Limited states that one of their key focuses is “Issue-motivated groups (IMGs)” and that they serve “global” customers.

We need to know in whose hands that data ultimately landed.

Peter Dunne has some great questions — in an OpEd for Newsroom he asks:

“Was any information provided, formally or informally, to the intelligence services by Thompson and Clark, and was any information gathered at the behest of the intelligence services?”

His article is titled “Only A First Step In The Data Battle.”

Based on my research, here are what the data flows currently look like:

Information collected by private intelligence and security companies like Thompson and Clark is shared with the global and domestic commercial and governmental entities that employ their security, investigatory and “risk management” services, as well as with police intelligence units.

Post 9/11 anti-terrorism legislation deemed a number of corporate industry titans to be a part of the “critical infrastructure” of New Zealand – banks, telcos, transport companies etc. This brought them under the umbrella of the state to enable information sharing between those commercial entities and intelligence agencies.

The information sharing hubs are known as Fusion Centres. They act as a bridge between military, police and corporate customers. They “fuse” commercial, governmental, police and public data sources, analyse the material and feed relevant parts back to interested parties. All of this data is available to the Five Eyes through New Zealand’s military partnership and information sharing agreements with the U.S., such as that earlier referenced in the ICWatch findings.

Anti-money laundering legislation, and a string of Bills and Acts enhancing the powers of the Security Intelligence Services and GCSB in New Zealand, have been fundamentally about empowering this interactivity between commercial, domestic and international.

This is the behemoth Goliath that those of us unlucky enough to be targets find ourselves up against. Far too often targets aren’t ISIS brides, foreign fighters, terrorists, drug traffickers, or even foreign militaries, as the heads of our security services keep claiming. They are instead regular citizens – activists, journalists, dissident academics, researchers, or as we now know even earthquake victims and child abuse survivors. Anyone who pisses off any of the entities in that flow chart can soon find that the data and powers of the collective global network are being utilised against them.

Ex-Green MP Keith Locke has been able to prove that he was targeted since the age of eleven. His victimisation tracks back to 1955, and extends through the new millennium, including three years during which he was a Member of Parliament – a position that is supposed to grant him some immunity from political targeting by security services. As recently as 2013 he was still being referred to as a “threat” in internal NZSIS documents. Why?

Keith writes:

In the SIS documents I was identified as an “internal” threat because I “wish[ed] to see the NZSIS & GCSB abolished or greatly modified”. The documents labelled this a “syndrome”. 

Keith Locke isn’t the only New Zealander who wants to see the NZSIS and GCSB abolished or greatly modified. On the above grounds, every person in this crowd would be considered a threat:

I was the top social media influencer for the GCSB movement and filmed the above footage. Our campaign sought to prevent the passage of the 2013 GCSB Bill. My actions were democratic and lawful. The GCSB’s were not.

Gosh it sounds awfully conspiratorial doesn’t it?” asked Wallace Chapman of me, in our election year Radio NZ interview.

When the conspiracy is written into law, and the evidence is overwhelming, it is no longer a conspiracy theory.

It is a conspiracy fact.

Since publication this article has been endorsed by ex-NZ Cabinet Minister Peter Dunne


Dunne was pivotal in the 2013 events depicted in the article. It has also been endorsed by top NZ counterterrorism defence attorney Jeremy Bioletti, who is calling for a Commission of Inquiry:


Suzie Dawson since publication has been subjected to email threats.


Suzie Dawson is a Kiwi journalist, activist and current President of the Internet Party of New Zealand. She specialises in writing about whistleblowers, intelligence agencies, geopolitics and technology. Her work has been shared by WikiLeaks for the last 5 years running, as well as by other noteworthy figures. Suzie is the organiser of the #Unity4J movement in support of Julian Assange. Journalists who write truth pay a high price to do so. If you respect and value this work, please consider supporting Suzie’s efforts via Bitcoin donation at this link. Thank you!  Twitter: @Suzi3D Official Website: Suzi3d.com

65 comments for “Exclusive: They Spy with Their Little Eye

  1. Robert Mayer
    February 1, 2019 at 05:04

    Thanx CN4 publishing Suzie Dawson’s important piece. As a targeted individual of LAPD (the “crime” was2 attempt publication
    of “California Driving Royalty”, a piece about California confidential license plates& other Calif traffic adjudication abuses).
    & tnx Suzie 4 your career work of xposing govt intrusion into private lives of we world cits. I thought how ironic that both NZ&US have birds as natl symbols.
    I can confirm your above info re: cel phone as a broadcast device… ergo surveillance apparatus. But I also believe as a receiving device “stinger” tec may allow secret installation of viral bots… result: no need2 be “phoning” 4 interception of All voice data in area of device 24/7.
    Is device signal ended by “pulling battery”? I simply don’t know. Do privates have same capability? Also unknown (but your article implies yes).
    I also can confirm vehicle invasion.
    I believe Consortium News is the first US outlet2 out the celphone stinger implications of mobile com… Forewarned=Forearmed!

  2. Litchfield
    January 22, 2019 at 21:49

    Kudos to Ms. Dawson.
    Incredible reporting.
    I knew virtually nothing about this.

  3. Peter Dyer
    January 22, 2019 at 11:48

    Thank you, Suzie Dawson, from an ex-pat Yank/NZ citizen. Kia kaha.

  4. kiers
    January 22, 2019 at 11:17

    Since when is the NZ gov independent of the ruling Anglo elite? It’s always been a pawn. No wonder Peter Thiel got a passport here.

  5. January 22, 2019 at 05:51

    It was pretty obvious when the New Zealand government permitted the US government to illegally attack Kim Dotcom, apprehended him and steal his company’s assets that the NZ government had been seriously compromised and its integrity was no longer intact.
    That is still the case.

  6. January 22, 2019 at 02:52

    The customers, who are dipping into the treasure chest of info sucked up by the eye of Sauron, are the government, but, the actual government is official and non official. The Deep, or permanent, State is not separate from the State. There is only the State. Part of it – Wall Street, Pentagon, big eternal corporations like those that people the mic and Silicon Valley – is more stable than the rest of it. But it’s all the State. Furthermore, the main part of the State – its head – is the corporate part. The rest of the State is its body, going where the head tells it. In fact, Corporatocracy is the result of the growth of the American State, especially post WII, which imposed its economic model (if we can dignify the rapine with that phrase) on the rest of the world. Even the small number of States that try to resist the global dictatorship of the US can’t completely extract themselves from the American-designed, global capitalist (let’s call it) system.

    I like the idea of nation States (and cities, provinces/states) where the people vote for leaders who are from among them and attuned to their local needs and wants. The idea there is that we have political representation and, along with elections, democracy therefore. We haven’t lost democracy. We therefore don’t need to look for it. Not. The reality is that the Corporatocracy’s clever movers and shakers, I have no doubt, would want to keep that basic set up – nation States, elections – for it serves to bamboozle and pacify the people everywhere. Progressives who yammer on about the coming world government are living in one. (And I think that some of those blind progressives aren’t actually blind.) They are witting and unwitting useful idiots conveying necessary illusions to the people, necessary for purposes of protecting and maintaining the American-led Corporatocracy.

    The uncaring, lawless, powerful special interests who maintain the above Corporatocracy State, who’s governing Party is the United States, are right about the need for national security. But they aren’t concerned with our security. We are the threat to their security, because absolutely every happy member of every component of that wild beast of Corporatocracy is determined to do bloody business as usual and is hyper vigilant to stave off the virus of innovation that might lead to change that will take them into the unkown where they just might lose their power and privilege. Imagine a system that isn’t hierarchical, where social relations are equal and there isn’t a 1% of exploiters and oppressors and a 99% (which doesn’t mean a 99% of virtuous people) of victims of neoliberalism and austerity? Can’t have that. Therefore, We can’t really have free, thinking citizens – like students and independent researchers and journalists. And therefore, we (the Corporatocracy) ‘must’ have counterrevolution, an ongoing war against the people – whether they are aware of it or not – that prevents the virus of innovation that leads to change from every getting a grip.

    “Thinking About Thinking”

  7. January 21, 2019 at 21:53

    Ms. Dawson is an amazingly courageous hero today. When the NSA/GCSB internal spying attacks our innards as we suspect, this is a corruption of ‘security” corresponding to a form of cannibalism – it was known in the Viet Nam era as we have to kill them to save them. Who was it who said every empire dies when it turns the methods of fighting external enemies onto its own people. Is this where we are?

  8. A
    January 21, 2019 at 19:29

    all of this is fudged up

  9. Tiu
    January 20, 2019 at 21:31

    Excerpt from “The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering the Masses” by Daniel Estulin:
    “Wikileaks and the Role of the Corporate Media
    Let’s have a look at one very recent example of media manipulation. Wikileaks. Wikileaks was started up in December 2006. Wouldn’t you say it was rather strange how an alleged upstart ‘leak’ site, was given star-studded attention from corporate media such as the Washington Post and Time Magazine? What’s more, Time magazine immediately did a lot more than give credibility to Wikileaks by giving the audience tips on how best to decipher the site in such a way that seemed eerily familiar to George W. Bush’s rhetoric immediately after 9/11.
    This is what Time magazine had to say about it in January 2007. “By March, more than one million leaked documents from governments and corporations in Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Block will be available online in a bold new collective experiment in whistle-blowing. That is, of course, as long as you don’t accept any of the conspiracy theories brewing that Wikileaks.org could be a front for the CIA or some other intelligence agency.”
    Good to see Suzy’s noticed things aren’t quite what they seem. Pity it’s been allowed to infest and metastasise since before WW1, but given the sophisticated brain-washing techniques being applied, it’s not that surprising that more people don’t see it.
    We live under a candy-coated-Fascist regime. “Democracy” is the biggest hoax of the 20th century.
    Quod scis, nescis.

    • John Jasper
      January 21, 2019 at 03:03

      Well said, Sir. As with the Spot the Gorilla experiment, our focus has been cleverly diverted away from the $21 trillion elephant that is a global intelligence and control system with anything but our best interests in mind. The race is on to see if humanity wakes up before the final nail of our coffin is in place.

  10. January 20, 2019 at 20:20

    The author describes the government system that is replacing democracy in the former Great Democracies. It is regrettable that the electorates of the Five Eyes appear unconcerned. This is not something one might be uncommitted about. The possibility for official abuse is enhanced. We ordinary people should attend to what she is telling us.

    • John Jasper
      January 21, 2019 at 03:07

      Not regrettable but criminal. The system is corrupt and it corrupts all who seek to reform it from within. No surprise cause it pays well and has great perks. I’m still optimistic about mankind’s ability to overcome this dystopian nightmare but only just.

  11. Bjørn Danielsen
    January 20, 2019 at 18:25

    Your analysis is razor sharp and well researched – as always. Thank you for shedding more light on the inner workings and players in these networks. They have been allowed to operate outside democratic control and hidden from public scrutiny for way too long. Great work!

  12. Babyl-on
    January 20, 2019 at 16:20

    Brilliant work. When dealing with the great global Western Empire it is hard for us to think big enough. This work brings that forward.

    In his seminal work on the accumulation of core Western Imperial capital, Giants: The Global Power Elite, Prof. Peter Phillips has assembled, at long last, the data which outlines the ultimate authority which directs the global imperial inelegance services and industry.

    There is a core pot of Western, mostly but not all US, of, today, 50 TRILLION dollars. This pot, while spread around never-the-less operates as one unit. These are the owners of the Western world and there interests are being served above all else.

    And, by the way, that pool of capital didn’t just appear after Reagan, it has been building for hundreds of years unaffected by war or peace or democracy or fascism. That source of power has endured for centuries under all conditions.

    What we are up against is hundreds of years of historical momentum which must be upended.

    Without breaking up that pool of capital little will change.

    • Sam F
      January 22, 2019 at 12:38

      I suggest that the US pass amendments to remove the influence of economic and information power upon democratic institutions by restricting funding of elections and mass media to limited individual donations, with lifetime monitoring of public officials and their associates, and monitoring of all levels and areas of mass media for fairness and balance.

      But of course we cannot do that because those are the tools of democracy which we do not have to fix the problem.

  13. January 20, 2019 at 13:04

    Some amazing reporting Suzie. Thank you so much. I will go back and read a number of those secondary links to try to gain as much as I can from this.

    As I think of all this at the more “meta” level, I find it so strange that in our supposedly “post-colonial” world that the Five Eyes intelligence behemoth consists of the U.K. and four of it’s former white settler “colonies” the U.S. (leading this mess), Canada, NZ, the and Australia. For national governments that publicly claim to value “diversity” and detest “racism” they somehow just couldn’t imagine including in their “alliance” any nation that wasn’t controlled and governed by the descendants of white European settlers. So strange.

    The “Five Eyes” complete boycott of any predominately “non-white” member nations, from my perspective, always seemed to suggest a certain quiet unspoken (unspeakable) affinity for that whole “master race” ideology thing (“the white man’s burden” nonsense), with plans for “the American Century” filling in nicely for the perhaps overly ambitious Nazi plan for a “thousand year reich.”

    I can’t help but think that all those recycled Nazis Allen Dulles brought into the CIA decades ago were put to good use in helping bring to fruition this brave new world order of an uber-militarized total surveillance world that America is so proud to proclaim itself the “exceptional,” “indispensable,” and therefore the completely lawless and rouge “leader” of. (No wonder Obama was a much more reassuring “face” for Western empire than is the openly racist tweeting Orange One – who’s presence in office in a sense simply pulls the curtain back to show that the “empire has no clothes”).

    From the amoral rot of the NATO/CIA “Operation Gladio” program, to the “normalized criminality” of the Five Eyes alliance, and on to the truly Orwellian Western based “(global village) surveillance society” of today, seems a clear trail of our Western elite’s “post-colonial” plans to continue what has now been some 500+ years of global domination. Perhaps the biggest shift in my lifetime is that now our Western oligarchs clearly view most of humanity, no matter our ethnicity, skin color or citizenry, as they have viewed the Indigenous Peoples of the world for 500+ years now, that is as completely expendable, without legal rights, and perhaps soon in need of rather murderous repression should we dare protest too loudly or attempt to challenge their amoral wealth, privilege and control of the entire planet.

    • mike k
      January 20, 2019 at 15:29

      You got the “white men’s burden to rule the world” part right, Gary. This is an underlying theme of much that the power hungry are up to.

    • Tom Kath
      January 20, 2019 at 23:21

      We must look much further back than 500+ years Gary. The concept of being exclusive and superior to other humans is baked into “God’s chosen ones”. There is no equivalent “disease”in nature.
      How to take advantage of the “inferior”, we are seeing ever clearer extremes, but it is not only the EXTREMES that facilitate this. Every little grub who believes in the dream of getting rich without the requisite effort, supports it, albeit mostly unawares.It is, after all, only possible at the expense of others.

  14. Captain Doubtful
    January 20, 2019 at 12:51

    All of the above is also happening in Canada, where we had C51, an egregious invasion of privacy, forced upon Parliament after an RCMP-orchestrated terror incident in Ottawa that copied the mailing of anthrax to legislators in order to ram through the Patriot Act in the US after nine eleven. The latter of course also has all the fingerprints of a false flag event to start the War on Terror TM.

  15. Susan Siens
    January 20, 2019 at 11:21

    My eyes were opened to New Zealand’s reality by the writings of Renee:


    No discussion allowed, open persecution permitted.

    (Leftist Americans tend to idealize countries which seem liberal or perhaps better-said liberal-ish.)

  16. vinnieoh
    January 20, 2019 at 11:04

    Be safe Ms. Dawson, and thank you for this. So much to digest and talk about here, which I did in a very long comment which I again consigned to the deep, when I read it yesterday.

    The one reality which your piece once again highlights but which will be lost in the conversation about NZ political malfeasance and the obvious “total information awareness” is this determination by the 1%, the global elite, the ultra-wealthy, whatever you want to call them, that they will not allow any change to prevent this “trouble comin’ every day” and will instead militarize the civil police to maintain the modern medievalism and their privileged, greedy existence.

    Whether there is a single coherent narrative of this new world plainly expounded by a single individual is irrelevant, as reality is clearly dawning on many people, and much more quickly now. Thank you CN: between the Lazare piece, the Johnstone piece, and now this by Ms. Dawson you’ve provided an enlightening (and frightening) week or so of information.

    A question: I’ve heard of the gentrification of NZ by wealthy foreigners, a sort of flight of elite to the remote and “safe” cover of NZ. How, if at all, does this tie in to everything else you delineated in your article?

  17. Charles Goodwin
    January 20, 2019 at 03:30

    Wow. That Orwell chap obviously knew a thing or two.

  18. Tom Kath
    January 19, 2019 at 23:54

    This “special interest” exclusive club of people controllers is neither American, British, nor Chinese. They are MONEY controllers, not even necessarily Jewish. They have no emotional bond with any nation, only financial dominance. They rely on every single human that believes in “making money” without true requisite effort.
    People seek safety and shelter in the cage. Those who do not are killed. Resistance, opposition, or attempts to reverse roles are futile. The only way out is to DISENGAGE. Live a different life with different values and take personal responsibility(and the consequences) for your own freedom. You cannot free those already in the cage.

    • mike k
      January 20, 2019 at 15:14

      You seem to imply that we should give up trying to change this evil system, and simply look out for ourselves. I would strongly disagree with this “solution”. One would be foolish to openly share on this site, if this were their intention.

    • Sam F
      January 22, 2019 at 12:42

      I would suggest reformist engagement in politics/literature/news/discourse, while moving to business/community options that are disengaged in not rewarding the corruption directly or indirectly.

  19. Barbara
    January 19, 2019 at 22:25

    Thankyou for compiling all this excellent information.
    God bless you with freedom and success in your every step.

  20. Ken Franklin
    January 19, 2019 at 21:09

    Thank you Suzie. You truly opened up my eyes. Thanks to these dangerous activities we in NZ are clearly on both Russia and China radar should the unimaginable happen between them and the US.

  21. Anna Gram
    January 19, 2019 at 20:22

    So, this article calls out Donald Rumsfeld and Barack Obama, yet fails to include Donald Trump.
    I find that very curious.

    It mentions BlackWater, yet fails to mention the close association between BlackWater Founder Erik Prince and Trump.
    Prince worked on Trump’s campaign & transition team.
    Prince has been lobbying Trump to take over privitized “security” in Syria & Afghanistan.
    Prince’s sister is Betsy DeVos (Trump’s Secretary of Education).

    Let’s not forget Trump has called on the persecution of Assange & Snowden.
    Trump’s government is pursuing extradition of Kim Dotcom (Founder of the INternet Party, of shich Suzie Dawson is Party President).

    So why is this article excluding Mafia Don Trump?

    Rumsfeld and Barack Obama are out, Trump is in.
    While it’s good to recognize history, wouldn’t it serve better purpose to focus on ongoing problems as they exist?

    The “Deep State” is much larger than a few corrupt FBI Agents and “Dem” operatives.
    The true “Deep State” is still gaining more steam, thanks to continued support by Trump.

    • January 19, 2019 at 20:34

      This article isn’t about elected officials who wreak havoc in 3-year (New Zealand) or 4-year (U.S.) cycles. It is about unelected officials who hold positions of vastly greater international power for multiple generations, such as those referenced in the cited Snowden documents referred to by Glenn Greenwald in one of the very first opening links (where I link to ‘Glenn Greenwald and the Irrelevance of Electoral Politics’). If you follow my other work you will know that Trump has not been spared by me in any capacity.

    • Barbara
      January 19, 2019 at 22:39

      Stop it!
      Thats utter lies you are spreading about the POTUS.
      Suggest you keep your brain away from NZs fake news media and learn a thing or two…coz youre sounding just like THEM…The Globalist idiots.
      Have you got yourself a yellow vest yet…coz very soon in NZ we will be rising up against the Globalist tyrannical swamp that has usurped New Zealand from her people and turned it into a Socialist Nazi Globalist led state of the UN and EU unelected corrupted farce of globalism.
      I expect you actually believe that Global Warming is real…and that Chemtrails aka Geoengineering dont exist…and that the NZ main stream media are telling you the truth rather than what theyre really doing which is brainwashing you by filling your head with the Globalist Agenda.
      Did you watch the swearing in ceremonies of both John Key and Jacinda Ardern?
      Did you hear them both swear SECRECY to the Executive Service? If you did…then what you actually witnessed was NZs last 2 PrimeMinisters swearing SECRECY…and behind closed doors too….to the Globalists Agenda..and to make sure they do not share the truth of everything with the NZ people…or did that just fly right over your head.
      NZ elections are rigged exactly the same way ALL Western countries elections are rigged.
      For your own sake…WAKE UP.

      God bless you with putting your head on the right way up…and seeing clearly the truth that is surrounding you everywhere you go.

      • Jonny Lock
        January 23, 2019 at 00:13

        Spot on Barbara.

    • George Komoneski
      January 20, 2019 at 04:42

      Hi Anna,
      Sounds like your TDS is making you unhappy.
      Stop believing the M$M – all our beliefs are only a compilation of the stuff we’ve been told.
      I don’t know the real Trump and nor do you but as far as I can see, he is opposed to globalisation and for that we should be grateful. We are being manipulated by the media and the corporate world into becoming welfare/wage serfs or aka, slaves on a massive plantation. Never in the history of the world, has handing absolute power to a few elites ever ended in any way other than disaster. You may not like Trump (but at least try and understand why you think like that) however, he is all that’s standing in the way of a global government run by a clique of privileged elites.
      Be careful what you wish for.

    • Nathan Mulcahy
      January 20, 2019 at 14:12

      Hi Anna – it is not about Obama vs. Trump. It i not about Dem(ented) vs. Rep(ugs). It is about the crimes of the empire, no matter which brand of the WallStreet/AIPAC/MIC Party is in power.

    • mike k
      January 20, 2019 at 15:17

      Good points Anna.

  22. X
    January 19, 2019 at 15:40

    You’re not being honest, F. And you know it.

  23. Helen S.
    January 19, 2019 at 12:28

    The good news – if you are in government, and you know anything about these abuses, you can safely leak it.

    Imagine walking the streets knowing you have done the right thing for billions of people. That feeling will never go away.

    Thank you!

  24. Nick
    January 19, 2019 at 12:10

    This Revolution will be long and bloody. But it must be fought. Philip K. Dick posited that once you defeat the empire, you become the empire. The US certainly is acting quite a bit like the Soviet Union now, wouldn’t you agree?

    • bevin
      January 19, 2019 at 18:35

      “The US certainly is acting quite a bit like the Soviet Union now, wouldn’t you agree?”
      No, I wouldn’t.
      The Soviet Union was the major force in world affairs thwarting the US drive to global hegemony. It assisted in the resistance of Cuba, Vietnam, Angola and countless other former colonies of the imperialists to the US. One need not approve of the USSR to recognise that it was a bulwark against the imperialist drive to rule the entire globe.
      But, perhaps you are referring to the Soviet Union’s reputation for spying on its citizens? Suffice it to say that it was rudimentary, primitive compared to the system under which we now live.

      • Barbara
        January 19, 2019 at 22:43

        Well said Bevan.

      • Susan Siens
        January 20, 2019 at 11:17

        Ditto, bevin.

      • Garrett Connelly
        January 20, 2019 at 14:23

        You are correct, Bevin. Yet even the primitive state corporation spy system employed by the soviets grew in expense geometrically.

        Spies convince themselves that they are holding civilization together with their own propaganda. They believe they deserve high pay for their services. Yes, they were still afraid from ww2 and trying to hold back US finance totalitarianism and that was real.

        Even so; Although soviet spies were far cheaper than united states spies, they contributed to the bankruptcy of their own country and killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. Soviet staffing requirements for spying and planning were on a trajectory headed for every man, woman and child working 24/7 when the money well finally went dry. I see the united states as close to that point now.

    • mike k
      January 20, 2019 at 15:19

      But can we imagine an Empire of goodness and freedom for all? Installing such an Empire would be a true revolution.

  25. Jeff Harrison
    January 19, 2019 at 11:49

    Yeah, this qualifies as scary. How did all this get set up and, even more importantly, WHY did it get set up?

    • mike k
      January 20, 2019 at 15:20

      Why? The obsession with money and power.

      • kiwi
        January 20, 2019 at 20:09

        more likely its about control

        • January 26, 2019 at 07:20

          So what is it that drives the urge for control?

          Is it not a fearful belief in lack? (Lack of control, lack of supply, lack of security)

          The self-lacking are like hungry ghosts – for more is never enough, and only hollows out the little they have.

          Running upon a negative appreciation magnifies or multiplies a negative result.

          Fears operating as believed true are given power over true.

          Manipulating narrative reality perception seems to be a power to make reality.

          But is the means to deny our own ability to recognize truth.

          The substitution for true relation is a fakery seeking reinforcement.

          The fantasy of power is enacted out upon others used as props.

          A private unshared transience of attempt to get for oneself and believe it.

          Birds of a feather flock together
          for mutual self-reinforcement.

          A disease?
          An insanity
          A sense of lack
          convicted in lack
          no matter the forms
          of power or possession.
          is an idea given power
          and acceptance
          that robs even
          as it ‘gives’.

          Why does a lie multiply?
          Because each in our own way
          wanted our part in it to be true.

          Recognising our part
          is the freedom to release it
          and be known truly.
          This is no lack
          but a gift that shares on.

          Living as a self evasion
          finds all the witnesses
          for the need to hide
          to mask and manipulate.
          Adapting to a world of lies
          costs awareness of anything true.

          But any true appreciation
          “For to those that have, more shall be given
          but from those who have not, more shall be taken away – even the little that they have”.
          He wasn’t talking in terms of the masking in the world of fear-thinking.
          But in a love of truth that knows itself shared.

  26. January 19, 2019 at 06:28

    There are multiple reports of Five Eyes and other spy partner countries relaying SIGINT to John Brennan as the genesis of Russiagate in the US. The narrative is a smaller country such as Estonia or the Dutch picked up conversations between Trump and Russia. This SIGINT then was relayed to the US through the UK. Unclear as to whether Brennan solicited this information from Five Eyes or whether it was volunteered. My guess is the former.


  27. Paora
    January 19, 2019 at 06:18

    The Anne-Marie Brady case is indeed fascinating. When mentioned in the NZ MSM it blended into the general anti-China noise of the new Labour-lead govt making its bones with our US masters. But the presence of so many National Party heavy-hitters on the boards of Chinese state-owned banks is surprising, considering they have always been the most bellicose pro-US and pro-Neoliberal of NZ’s major parties. It seems unlikely that the beadiest of the 5 Eyes would be allowed off the reservation to use its NSA provided toys to cover up a too-cosy relationship between China and a few Tory bigwigs.

    It may be that Shipley, Brash, Richardson et al are exactly where the US wants them to be, inside China’s strategic state-owned banking sector. However we are dealing not only with contending States but also contending Classes. The ‘capitalist road’ faction in China may actually admire these neoliberal bottom-feeders (Shipley was memorably described as ‘Mussolini in drag’ by a former PM) and value their expertise in destroying the remaining socialist aspects of China’s economic model (Richardson did exactly this is post-communist Mongolia on behalf of the Mt Pelerin Society).

    Or perhaps they’re just greedy scumbags who will do or say anything for a few more $? I guess the 3 explanations aren’t mutually exclusive.

  28. john wilson
    January 19, 2019 at 05:51

    People the world over should remember that all these government agencies are set up by the government that you elected. They are well paid from tax payers funds and they operate for the state initially, but soon start to stray into the murky world of corporations and special interest groups. Over here in the UK these organisations operate outside of any kind of government control and in the US, I suggest these criminal outfits are now rampant and in some cases, the government doesn’t even know of their existence. Perhaps when government is thinking of setting up these agencies and giving them unfettered power, they should bear in mind that they may well be unable to control this monster once its up and running.

    • Barbara
      January 19, 2019 at 22:47

      Yes John.
      The EU and the UN are the best example of unelected officials gone rogue and turned into a Nazi cult of Globalism…Oh wait….that was the plan from the start.
      I want my country back!
      God bless you.

  29. Harpo Kondriak
    January 19, 2019 at 02:46

    I share every concern addressed here but I find it amazing that an article this lengthy regarding NZ has no mention of Jacinda or government leaders.

    • January 19, 2019 at 20:36

      To understand why that is, click on the source link cited near the beginning of the article – to my prior work ‘Glenn Greenwald and the Irrelevance of Electoral Politics’

  30. KiwiAntz
    January 19, 2019 at 01:59

    Here in NZ, we like to think of ourselves as a independent Sovereign Nation? Proudly, Non Nuclear & Humanitarian with a “can do”attitude due to our geographic isolation & location, but what this article reveals is that we are a willing partner in America’s Worldwide Spying network called the 5 eyes? Most NZers do not care about this fact but it puts a big bullseye on our heads & makes us a a target? Any NZer who witnessed the FBI’s illegal raid in NZ to arrest Kim Dotcom on what was basically copyright infringements where shocked that this US Intelligence Agency had the gall & right to do this & violate our NZ Sovereignty? Under NZ Law, the raid was judged illegal as Dotcom was a NZ Citizen & it was soon established NZ’s Spy agency , the GCSB was spying on him illegally? The PM John Key, a American political lackey & ex Merrill Lynch banker was forced to apologise to Dotcom & pay compensation? Then they changed the law to make what was formerly a crime to spy on NZ Citizens & to make it legal thanks to the Dotcom case catching out the Govt & it’s 5 eyes complicity? Every NZer who cares for their Country wants the 5 eyes arrangement terminated & the dissolution of this corrupt alliance!

    • dfnslblty
      January 19, 2019 at 12:49

      usa/fed bureau investigation has NO legal right to arrest in NZ; NZ’s vote to allow such actions is unconstitutional.

      • zhenry
        January 19, 2019 at 22:05

        NZ does not have a constitution. There are no overall guidelines on what a NZ Govt can and cannot do.
        Even if it not within the US constitution for FBI and CIA to operate in other countries, we know they certainly do.

        • Barbara
          January 19, 2019 at 22:53

          NZ does have a Constitution. Its called the Bill of Rights.
          And any law or legislation that NZ government has ever passed into law that is not in line with our NZ Constitution is illegitimate.
          And because at least our last 2 PMs have been placed into their Globalist positions by the Globalist swamp…rather than being elected to their position..the entire NZ Government and every Government department is illegitimate.
          NZ Inc is NOT our legitimate Government.
          I want my country back!
          God bless you.

          • zhenry
            January 23, 2019 at 19:32

            I remember going to a victoria uni discussion ‘Should NZ have a constitution?
            Is the UN Bill of Rights officially NZs constitution or an unofficial popular assumption?

            NZ has to grow up otherwise our country, already half sold off, will be taken away completely.
            We might have a history of following big western powers, that has to stop if 99% of NZers want a prosperous nation.
            Selling off our private media to AU (another conservative ‘brilliant’ idea) the dumbness of which words can’t describe, and
            making our public media a private media model.
            The John Key’s of this world mutually ingratiate themselves with private media, vomit material to observe,

            NZ needs a public central bank, re bank of North Dakota, modern economic, eco economics and modern monetary theory,

            The Labour/Green govt have a responsibility to implement the above, confront and educate our foreign media by which NZ is largely controlled and their links to the CIA.
            We have about a decade to change the system otherwise sit back and observe the climate change destroy most human life.

    • kiwi
      January 20, 2019 at 20:19

      Antz, the problem is we are,nt a sovereign nation and never have been

    • Josep
      January 24, 2019 at 01:21

      I know, right? Why the heck is New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, still being ruled by queen that lives eighteen thousand kilometers from it?

  31. J
    January 19, 2019 at 00:02

    We truly live under a global fascist police state.
    God save us from this tyranny.

    • JDD
      January 19, 2019 at 06:07

      The “Global Police State” is centered on four countries of the British Commonwealth plus the US. The most important fact here is not that New Zealand’s intelligence can be shared, but that of the United States is completely open and visible to the UK, Canada, Australia and NZ. This has come into play in creating “Russiagate” against Trump, in which certain capabilities prohibited by US law, such as CIA spying on American citizens, were successfully evaded by using the data sharing ability of the “Five Eyes” to coordinate efforts on both sides of the Atlantic. It is noteworthy that the numerous attempts to entrap and spy on the Trump campaign, which began with GCHQ no later than the fall of 2015, involved British Intelligence Operatives Stefan Halper, ( a close friend and business partner of MI6 boss Richard Dearlove), Josef Mifsud, and Australia’s Alexander Downer.

    • X
      January 19, 2019 at 15:43

      God isn’t here to save us from ourselves.

      That’s our job. No one else will “free Assange” or do much of anything else for us.

    • NOutAllAround
      January 20, 2019 at 00:53

      …and Pray tell….Who would be the One(s) to provide his 24/7 security for X amount of time?N

    • January 22, 2019 at 03:48

      The wild beast of Corporatocracy’s days are numbered. Capitalists (let’s call them) and their instruments of repression and aggression are responsible for most of the bloodshed and destruction happening on the planet right now. Leaders in all areas are responsible for ruining, mentally and spiritually, many. From ruined minds comes a physically ruined planet. God told us long ago (Revelation chapter 11) that he would bring to ruin those ruining the earth. Not all victims of neoconservatism/ neoliberalism are righteous. In order to survive the destruction, not of the actual planet, which enemies of life are attempting, but of this system of things, this wild beast of Corporatocracy, one needs to be connected (loyal to), in humility, to the Source of life. Too many people think that humankind is God. To which I say “Really?!!!”

  32. Tristan Sykes
    January 18, 2019 at 22:09

    Magnificent Suzie. Well done. ???

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