Answers to some common myths about New Zealand’s intelligence services, the Five Eyes and the Waihopai spy station

Presented as introductory comments at a workshop hosted by the Anti-Bases Campaign in Blenheim, 28 Jan 2017, and updated to reflect changes made to intelligence legislation in the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. By Keith Locke Were the SIS and GSB set up to detect terrorists? The Security Intelligence Service (SIS), and the Police SpecialContinue reading Answers to some common myths about New Zealand’s intelligence services, the Five Eyes and the Waihopai spy station

Submission on the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill

[Submission by Keith Locke to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, 3 October 2016] Main Point The NZ Intelligence and Security Bill unnecessarily allows for greater surveillance of New Zealanders by our intelligence services and intrudes further on our privacy. The definition of national security is so broad that it could enable evenContinue reading Submission on the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill

Keith Locke: Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

[This article of mine was published in the New Zealand Herald on 15 March 2016.  It was in response to the report of Intelligence and Security Agencies Review, released on 9 March.] The intelligence services report by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy sheds more light on the GCSB’s work with the Five EyesContinue reading Keith Locke: Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

Submission to the Intelligence and Security Agencies Review 2015

Submitted by Keith Locke on 13 August 2015 to the official review being conducted by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy In this submission I will address the following Term of Reference in the Review. Point 1. The legislative frameworks of the intelligence and security agencies Point 2. The oversight of the SIS andContinue reading Submission to the Intelligence and Security Agencies Review 2015

Separate spy agency not needed

Today (31 August) the New Zealand Herald published my opinion piece critical of the GCSB, under the heading “Separate Spy Agency Not Needed” with a subhead: “Instead of spending $60m a year on a GCSB the cyber-security side could easily be transferred to the police.” The OpEd also questions the benefit of an agency whoseContinue reading Separate spy agency not needed

My submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee on the GCSB Bill

On 3 July I travelled to Parliament to speak to the Intelligence and Security Committee to explain my written submission on the GCSB Bill (see below for the text). Quite a lot of people and journalists were present, although I must admit that Kim Dotcom (who spoke to the committee an hour after me) was theContinue reading My submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee on the GCSB Bill

Several of my recent Daily Blog posts have been on intelligence issues

My recent Daily Blog posts have covered the furore around the illegal spying by the GCSB on New Zealanders, as well as following up the Snowden revelations on mass US National Security Agency surveillance – in this context I noted how wrong it has been for the GCSB to help the US National Security AgencyContinue reading Several of my recent Daily Blog posts have been on intelligence issues

Dotcom case shows the cost of spying is spooky

Oped published in the New Zealand Herald on 18 December 2012 By Keith Locke The Dotcom case is focusing more attention on the Government Communications Security Bureau and its association with the Five Eyes electronic spying network. Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann has asked the GCSB to name the entities (including foreign intelligence agencies)Continue reading Dotcom case shows the cost of spying is spooky

Trying to Make New Zealand Intelligence Services More Accountable: My Efforts in Parliament

By Keith Locke (The following article was published in the May 2012 issue of Peace Researcher, the journal of the Anti-Bases Campaign. To see the other interesting articles in Peace Researcher go to http://www.converge.org.nz/abc.) [Peace Researcher editor’s introductory comment: Keith Locke was a Green MP from 1999 to 2011. He has been credited with beingContinue reading Trying to Make New Zealand Intelligence Services More Accountable: My Efforts in Parliament