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Topic # 55447 4-Jan-2010 19:53
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i know this is old news but i just wanted to here your views on the Waihopai spybase located in the Waihopai Velly off state highway 63 in Marlborough. i also have a few questions of my own.

Why do  we have a dam spybase in new zealand?
What does it do for us?
And why do we have to pay for a spybase?
Is the Waihopai spybase a Good thing for new zealand or a bad thing?
I Personlly think the Waihopai spybase should be closed im not sure but i think it's connected with the wars that go on over sea's.

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  Reply # 286977 4-Jan-2010 20:07
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It's all to do with the UKUSA intelligence sharing agreement. Waihopai is apparently the western pacific branch of ECHELON (I know you've heard of that!)

The idea is that in exchange for sharing communications intelligence with the other countries, they'll share it with us - which means ... er, not sure really. It'll be handy if there's a war though?

The cynic in me of course postulates that the idea is that since you can't spy on your own citizens, why not outsource it to another government in exchange for spying on theirs for them.

We have a spybase at Tangimoana as well, just west of Palmy.




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  Reply # 286979 4-Jan-2010 20:11
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Given that you obviously know nothing about the base, how/why have you formed the opinions you hold?

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  Reply # 286990 4-Jan-2010 20:30
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Which one of us?

Obviously, the cynic in me is wrong of course. What possible reason would the government have to intercept our communications?




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  Reply # 286992 4-Jan-2010 20:39
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Kyanar: Which one of us?

Jadefuzy Tongue out

He's sent me an email saying he does know a few things but just wants clarification and seemed a bit put out.  It's not a personal attack - it's me being curious about the opinions seemingly held for no obvious reason.


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