What Would You Say?

If they took me away
And shot me today
What would you say?

homeThe state is beefing up it’s spying powers.

Not because it needs to, if that is what it was about then we could actually have an intelligent discussion.

No. This is to cover up the prime minister’s shoddy administration of the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau) Kim Dotcom case. Kim Dotcom upset a lot of the US government biggest financial supporters. And as a result the GSCB was enlisted for a foreign government to spy on a New Zealand citizen.

When it was found out that this secret operation was illegal, Key, who is the sole person able to protect us from the GCSB breaking the law, said he didn’t know anything about it. We know that’s not so.

The GCSB said the law was ambiguous and confusing in relation to what it’s powers were over spying on New Zealanders.


14. Interceptions not to target domestic communications

Neither the Director, nor an employee of the Bureau, nor a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may authorise or take any action for the purpose of intercepting the communications of a person (not being a foreign organisation or a foreign person) who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

That looks as clear as dog’s balls to me, but I’m not an intelligence person.

We have agencies whose job is to operate surveillance on New Zealanders, the police and the S.I.S do this. We don’t need to extend the powers of an organisation that has demonstrated a clear preference for acting illegally to serve foreign interests. We certainly don’t need to extend those powers simply to retrospectively cover up the poor job the prime minister has done protecting New Zealanders from illegal spying.

These new powers allow the GCSB to break into our homes, place cameras and bugs, listen to our phonecalls, read our emails, monitor our internet use and watch our every movement every second of every minute of every day – without a warrant.

And without supervision as we saw when they acted illegally over Dotcom.

I don’t often write songs and record them and make videos…

But I felt the need to do and say something because I think doing nothing is to support this kind of garbage politics…


If they took me away
And shot me today
What would you say?
What would you say?

They read your mail and mine
watch your every move online
tapping your phone
filming inside your home

They watch where you sleep
the company you keep
they hear what you speak
every day of every week

they’re watching you and me
they’re your facebook friend
never guess it’s pretend

They make their own rules
with those self serving fools
elected instead
by that hole in your head

The lists that they make
Are the people they take
Outside by a wall
where they shoot them all

If they took me away
and shot me today
what would you say?
what would you say?

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