Backlash in New Zealand

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Writes Simon Daniel:

Currently in New Zealand there is a growing backlash against the govt’s treatment of Kim Dotcom. The US is trying to extradite him for copyright charges because he offered an online file storage service (roughly similar to Dropbox or iCloud). Now it turns out the NZ govt was illegally spying on him. On the bright side, at least this kind of surveillance of residents is illegal in NZ! Dotcom was arrested in January in a ridiculous (and no doubt FBI inspired) complex military-style operation.

Hopefully the NZ govt led by John Key will rediscover its backbone and stand up to our imperialist US overlords as David Lange did in 1984 when he “barred nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using New Zealand ports” which resulted in the US suspending the ANZUS military alliance.

UPDATE from Simon:

NZ’s prime minister John Key has now apologised, saying “I apologise to Mr Dotcom, I apologise to New Zealanders because every New Zealander that sits within the category of having permanent residency or is a New Zealand citizen is entitled to be protected from the law when it comes to the GCSB, and we failed to provide that appropriate protection for him”.

Interesting that he said protection from the law. Surely we are supposed to be protected by the law?

8:50 am on September 28, 2012