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Kim Dotcom Addresses NZ PM in Parliament Arguing Against Extension of GCSB Powers (FULL SPEECH)

Kim Dotcom, whose extradition battle is continuing, spoke to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Select Committee today — arguing against the extension of the GCSB’s powers.

“The new GCSB bill demands an expansion of spying powers. This is poorly timed,” he said.

Mr Dotcom received a formal apology from Prime Minister John Key after it was revealed the GCSB spied on him illegally. Addressing the committee, he called his fight “an injustice” and said he believed more New Zealanders had received the spy agency’s attention.

“I suspect the real scope of the spying by the GCSB is bigger than what we know today,” he said.

Mr Dotcom argued against the outsourcing of the agency’s powers, but Mr Key claimed it made sense and followed Mr Dotcom’s business model with MegaUpload.

“We cannot value human rights if we hand our information to a spy cloud.”

Mr Dotcom and associate Bram van der Kolk’s submission the proposed Bill was a “clear example of the type of state intelligence agency overreach”.

They went on to say spying on New Zealanders is unwarranted without safeguards and the proposed expansion of the GCSB aren’t justified. The submission says the passage of the Bill has been “unduly hasty”.

“We believe more time should be taken for public debate and inquiry before this Bill is passed.”

Earlier, former Green Party MP Keith Locke – who has previously claimed to have been spied upon by the Security Intelligence Service – told the select committee the GCSB spied on Chile and Mexico to help America in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Mr Locke is arguing for more transparency from the Government’s spy agency.

“The Government can’t just continue to hide behind the smokescreen that I saw during the 12 years I was in Parliament,” he said.

Vikram Kumar, the former head of Internet New Zealand, knows the GCSB’s role well — having worked alongside the agency several times.

“I have been very impressed with their professionalism, with their hard work and with the constraints in which they operate,” he said, “Expanding the role of GCSB, particularly to economic well-being, is troubling.”

Mr Kumar says the reason behind this is the term “economic well-being” could refer to a number of things, and a shortage of skilled staff in New Zealand.

“The GCSB mindset is essentially a spying mindset, because that’s what they are […] and now we are trying to make them into a police mindset,” he said.

“We will be operating in an environment of suspicion, just as we see and in fact I’d say worse, than what we see in the US.”

Internet New Zealand’s Jordan Carter and Susan Chalmers spoke to the committee together. Mr Carter spoke of his concern any changes may have in the years to come.

“It needs to deal with people with less good motives and power in the future.”

Ms Chalmers was one of many submitters who spoke on the issue of metadata.

Metadata is data which provides information about one or more aspects of data. A common example is a digital photograph, which can show how large it is, when it was taken, where it was taken and other data.

“Metadata in many situations could actually be more revealing than the actual conversations themselves,” she said.
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Kim Dotcom is building his own private internet

Source:NZ Stuff
Date:2 November 2015

Kim Dotcom says MegaNet will make it difficult for governments to invade our privacy.

Kim Dotcom is building his own private internet, allegedly safe from the prying eyes of surveillance authorities.

MegaNet will rely on people’s unused processing power on their phones and laptops, and allow them to donate bandwidth to the service.

“The more people that install the MegaNet app on their devices, the more powerful it will become,” Dotcom said via video link at Sydney’s SydStart conference last week.

If 100 million smartphones joined up, the network would have more online storage capacity, bandwidth and calculating power than the top 10 largest websites in the world combined, he said.

It will rely on existing physical internet infrastructure people use today – so-called “dumb pipes” – but will add a new layer of encryption running through all communications. Continue reading Kim Dotcom is building his own private internet

KimDotCom will replace the Internet to squelch surveillance

Kim DotCom tells Max Keiser how the Snowden leaks led govt’s around the world to an arms race to gain NSA’s capabilites for mass surveillance and how he’s going to stop that with by replacing the Internet with entirely encrypted & crowdfunded MegaNet, at a crypto-currency crowdfunding event in Hoxton, London.

US court prevents Kim Dotcom from fighting asset seizure

NZ Stuff
28 February 2015
Shane Cowlishaw

LOST ANOTHER BATTLE: Kim Dotcom is not entitled to contest the forfeiture of his assets because he was a “fugitive” facing extradition.

Bad news continues to flow for Kim Dotcom after a ruling from a United States court barred him from fighting the seizure of his assets.

Dotcom’s United States lawyer, Ira Rothken, said the Eastern District of Virginia Federal Court had found his client was not entitled to contest the forfeiture of his assets because he was a “fugitive” facing extradition.

This was despite Dotcom lawfully fighting the extradition under a treaty signed by both the United States and New Zealand. Continue reading US court prevents Kim Dotcom from fighting asset seizure

The public deserves answers on spying

NZ Stuff
17 September 2014

OPINION: How are authorities to monitor the web and other communications to ensure bad guys don’t use networks for wicked purposes like terrorism, malware, child pornography, money laundering and bank fraud?

Most accept that some sort of fishing exercise is necessary to detect and prevent such activities. The tools to do the sifting are available whether government agencies admit to having them or not.

Which brings us to this question. If our private communications are caught up in the net, looked at and discarded as being irrelevant, is that too big a price to pay for detecting criminal activity, assuming, of course, the surveillance works? Continue reading The public deserves answers on spying

Glenn Greenwald rattles New Zealand with ‘spying’ claims

RT
September 13, 2014

US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, said New Zealand officials are spying on their citizens, a charge that has provoked a harsh response from NZ Prime Minister John Key.

Greenwald, who is in New Zealand to attend Kim Dotcom’s much anticipated “Moment of Truth” event Monday, said the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) had been snooping on New Zealanders as part of the so-called Five Eyes pact between the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading Glenn Greenwald rattles New Zealand with ‘spying’ claims

PM: Don’t protest outside my home

NZ Stuff
Last updated 08:40 26/05/2014

Prime Minister John Key has hit out at protesters who gathered at his home last night, to protest his position on deadly drone strikes.

Last week Key said drone strikes were justified, but acknowledged innocent civilians were caught in the crossfire.

He disagreed with critics who said drone killings were execution without trial, in which ordinary people were massacred.

“For the most part drone strikes have been an effective way of prosecuting people that are legitimate targets,” he said.

“But there are examples of where things have gone wrong and there are always examples, sadly … where things go terribly wrong and where civilians are killed.”

Last night, protesters including Internet Party leader Kim Dotcom and protester John Minto gathered outside Key’s family home in Parnell, for a candlelight vigil.

The group said it was highlighting New Zealand’s “complicity” in drone strikes, by providing information believed to be used in identifying targets.

Today, Key said he was not happy about their presence outside his home.

“My own personal view is that I am actually opposed to protests outside politician’s houses, that includes my own house,” he said.

“My reason for that is there were plenty of opportunities for legitimate people who wanted to protest, to protest me yesterday – I was at the CNI [central North Island] conference for the National Party in Hamilton, there was plenty of opportunity to do that.

“But that’s the place [his home] where my family lives and I don’t think many New Zealanders would think it’s okay to wander round to David Cunliffe’s house and start protesting out there.”

The Keys were planning a family dinner for son Max last night, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday.

While the protesters were entitled to protest the issue, Key stood by his statements made last week.

“In terms of New Zealand’s role in a place like Afghanistan, we have gathered intelligence along with all of our ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] partners, or many of them, and we give that to ISAF,” Key said.

“But what we do is both legal, there’s quite a clear legal framework for what we do, signed off by not just ISAF but approved NATO.

“But also, I think it’s important to say we’re gathering information about people that is used to prosecute them. These are people that are Taliban or Al Qaeda, people that have potentially killed fellow New Zealanders and have killed many many other people.”

Last week Key confirmed that intelligence collected by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) might be passed to the controversial US programme.

However, the foreign spy agency didn’t supply information that led directly to the death of Kiwi Daryl Jones in Yemen last November, he said.

The GCSB had a warrant to monitor Jones, and passed some intelligence to Five Eyes security agency partners.

The Government said Jones had been taking part in an al Qaeda training camp near Hadrabout, but has presented no evidence to support that.

Jones was not the primary target in the attack which killed him.

– Stuff

My Comment:
Tyrants hate people standing up against them. If NZ PM John Key say “Don’t protest outside my home” that lets us know that New Zealand has a bad government in power. I believe he will be passing laws to restrict and remove our right to freedom of speech and to protest. This is starting to get pretty dangerous in New Zealand and the people who’re not aware and awake; they’re in bigger danger than those who’re aware and awake.

Kim Dotcom on TPP: Hollywood trying to control web, totally censor it

RT
Published time: January 13, 2014 14:56

Hollywood hasn’t woken up to the changing world, refusing to evolve their business model into something that works better with the internet, Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur and businessman, told Max Keiser.

In the latest episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Kim Dotcom discussed copyright issues, crypto currencies, Edward Snowden’s revelations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP].

‘I’m not against copyright, I’m against copyright extremism. I think people who create something, they have a right to make money but it shouldn’t override innovation, it shouldn’t override things that make society function better,’ Kim Dotcom said, speaking about the ongoing Megaupload court battle. He added: “What Hollywood is trying to do is basically to turn the internet into a totally censored and controlled network to their liking, and that’s what I’m fighting against.”
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