The only person who missed out on an appointment is Kim Dotcom

I am gobsmacked at this announcement yesterday from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Quote:

The Inspector-General has today announced the establishment of a Reference Group. The Group brings together a broad range of individuals and groups, all of whom have specific expertise and experience that in one way or another touches on the work of the Inspector-General’s office. The first meeting of the Reference Group was held last week in Wellington.

The Inspector-General scrutinises whether New Zealand’s intelligence and security agencies (the NZSIS and the GCSB) act lawfully and also whether reasonable New Zealanders would think their conduct was “right” (ie “proper”).

“The Inspector-General stands in the shoes of the public: we try to ask what the public would ask” said the Inspector-General, Cheryl Gwyn.

“The Group brings together people from outside government and the intelligence community who can keep us in touch with legal, social and security developments in NZ and overseas, inform our thinking about our work programme, and provide feedback on how we are performing our oversight role.”

“My Office is relatively small, and the great breadth and diversity of experience among the members of the Reference Group will help us better ensure New Zealand’s intellligence and security agencies act lawfully and properly.”

The members of the Inspector-General’s Reference Group are:

Ben Creet – Issues Manager, Internet NZ

Professor Rouben Azizian – Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University

Dr Nicole Moreham – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Paul Buchanan – Director, 36th Parallel Assessments

David Fisher – Journalist, New Zealand Herald

John Ip – Senior Lecturer, Assistant Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, University of Auckland

Nicky Hager – Journalist, Author

Thomas Beagle – Chairperson, NZ Council for Civil Liberties

Treasa Dunworth – Associate Professor, Public International Law, University of Auckland

Suzanne Snively – Chair, Transparency International

Deborah Manning – Barrister End of quote.

They have basically appointed all the people in New Zealand who hate the GCSB and SIS, and who have called for them to be disbanded, to this group. The only exceptions are Keith Locke and Kim Dotcom.

David Fisher and Nicky Hager, in particular, are of immense concern for me. Both were deeply involved with hackers and criminals during Dirty Politics as they sought to take down a government.

I now no longer feel safe in this country with these criminals, communists and socialists involved. New Zealand can feel less safe too. You may be sure that Five Eyes is about to become Four Eyes. I’ve already been picking up snippets from sources that our intelligence feed has diminished since the election… this will cease it altogether.

I can’t imagine that NZ First were consulted at all on this, or indeed the opposition leader. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.