ajobbins:Rikkitic: We can talk an awful lot about a lot of things but what surveillance comes down to in the end is trust. John key says trust us. We know things you don’t and we act in your best interests. The problem is, I don’t trust him, not for that. I don’t trust anyone who says they know best and I should just trust them unless I have slept with them. I don’t trust intelligence agencies of any kind anywhere because they operate in secret with elevated powers but no proper accountability. I don’t trust government organisations because the ones we do know about make lots of dumb mistakes, sometimes break laws and try to cover it up, let themselves be guided by the personal prejudices and incompetence of people in charge, and often just don’t do a very good job anyway. Why should we be expected to believe that the secret organisations are any different? Anyone who wants my trust has to earn it, and so far these puppies haven’t.
And even if you did trust John Key, or he was genuinely trustworthy....who's to say the next government, who inherit these powers are just as trustworthy or equally responsible.
At some point you need to trust, if not have an Absolute Monarchy and you have no choice.