The Dim-Post

May 8, 2014

Suspicious

Filed under: intelligence — danylmc @ 6:09 am

Via Stuff:

Spy boss Ian Fletcher has denied any mass surveillance of citizens, describing them as “water” rather than the “fish” the spies are interested in.

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The revolutionary must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea – Mao Zedong

10 Comments »

  1. I don’t believe him.

    Comment by Sanctuary — May 8, 2014 @ 6:52 am

  2. Don’t worry Sanc, Kim Dotcom is going to get 4% of the vote and sort it out, remember?

    Comment by kalvarnsen — May 8, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  3. He’s already on 1.5% according to the latest Roy Morgan poll. Only 2.5% to go and 20ish weeks to get there.

    Comment by northshoreguynz — May 8, 2014 @ 8:03 am

  4. well putting aside the problematic issue of sample size on measuring minority party support in the 1%ish range, I see in the latest Roy Morgan that support for the IP + Mana already equals that of ACT, UF and CCCP on 1.5%. I think that is two MPs if Hone wins his seat? The point is, that isn’t a bad showing, given how much publicity ACT, UF, and CCCP get compared to IP+Mana.

    Comment by Sanctuary — May 8, 2014 @ 8:04 am

  5. heard him pull that old “we would need sooooooo many staff to monitor you all – so stop being alarmist” routine on the radio

    – umm…. five eyes network? computers? the fact that we already know the NSA has the tech to save and scan pretty much every communication on the globe?

    i like his water/fish analogy – is he really saying that they engage in fishing expeditions? – becasue thats how you get fish out of water

    Comment by framu — May 8, 2014 @ 8:06 am

  6. The other thing about Fletcher’s forked tongue is what constitutes a fish in the minds of the GCSB might be quite different to what we in the general public imagine it to look like. If you define everyone in Greenpeace as a fish, then the ocean is teeming with life.

    Comment by Sanctuary — May 8, 2014 @ 9:00 am

  7. Also, our defense forces defined journalists as ‘subversives’.

    Comment by danylmc — May 8, 2014 @ 9:17 am

  8. Whoa, you guys have had too much coffee already this morning

    Comment by Tinakori — May 8, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  9. Definitely weasel words though technically correct if you ascribe active rather than passive monitoring to the word ‘surveillance’.

    However, if you were to take a more liberal view of the word though – that the very act of recording every electronic interaction that passes across a core telco switch (origin, target, transaction type and size, key metadata, semantic content) even though most of it is immediately trashed after being categorised – then we are all most definitely under surveillance.

    Comment by Gregor W — May 8, 2014 @ 10:22 am

  10. Keep goin with the medication Danyl…. How are the voices?;-)

    Comment by Geoff — May 8, 2014 @ 7:58 pm


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