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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...

Keith Locke: US spy agency may be passing info on Kiwis to GCSB

The following opinion piece from me was published in the New Zealand Herald on 10 June 2013. It has now been established that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has been systematically collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. A relevant question for New Zealanders is whether the NSA...

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...

Change the New Zealand flag

Over the years I have been promoting two related issues, New Zealand becoming a republic, and changing the New Zealand flag away from the present one, which is a hangover from the old colonial days, with a British Union Jack in the corner. After watching the Olympic coverage I wrote...

Navy should be anti-nuclear too

(The following was a Letter to the Editor from me as published in the 25 June issue of the New Zealand Herald) I am disturbed that our navy seems to be operating as if we were not a nuclear-free country opposed to nuclear weapons. In the June-July issue of Navy Today...