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More revelations from Ed Snowden about the incredible scope and scale of NSA surveillance was presented this week.
Apparently, the NSA has been working on a project called "Turbine" which is designed to automatically compromise the security of millions of computers and thus give the US Government (and presumably its allies) access to data stored on those machines.
Now if you or I were to engage in the design, development and deployment of such spyware, we'd be arrested, convicted and probably imprisoned for our crimes. However, when it's done under the bogus banner of "national security" -- then those who do this probably get a healthy bonus.
Yet again I find myself wondering just why everyone affected (or potentially affected) by this evil-doing is simply standing around going "tsk tsk" rather than actually doing something concrete to make it very clear that this criminal activity on the part of the US government is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
I seem to recall that when John Key came into power, he promised that his MPs and ministers would be held to a very high standard of performance and behaviour.How disappointing that this was simply insincere rhetoric.
We've seen JK playing down major gaffes and improper behaviour by the likes of John Banks, Nick Smith and others without following through on his promises.
And now we have Judith Collins.
Collins failed to disclose very important information related to her recent trip to China and the conflict of interests that some of that trip represents.
David Cunliffe, leader of the opposition, has called for Collins' resignation from her ministerial portfolio -- but JK has (once again) played down the situation, simply moistening his bus ticket in preparation for some pretty feeble slaps on Collins' wrist if she stuffs-up again.
Oh come on John!
Is *this* what you call holding your ministers to high standards?
If so then I can't see how voters could endorse another term of your government.
Apparently Collins is on notice that another stuff-up will result in censure -- but, if high standards are the order of the day, does she get this "get out of jail free" treatment now?
I'm pretty sure that our courts don't let many offenders off with the message "don't do it again, have a nice day" when they appear before a judge because of their unacceptable actions. Then again, we all know that our politicians are well versed in the world of double-standards and duplicity.
Please remember when approaching the voting booth, that "honest John" is a misnomer -- a bit like "little John" of Robin Hood fame.
Sigh... why do we here in NZ set our sights so low when selecting a government?
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