New Zealand was once known as the re-emerging microcosm for the planetary macrocosm. We were seen as a pioneer for fair play and a moral compass for good. We were basically a country at peace having 'reasonable' race relations and there were no beggars or street people.
However, things have changed over the last 20 years and this county has become more divided as the haves gain more and the have nots lose ground.
We also had good working relationships with our Pacific Island neighbours and were were seen as a relatively independent representative within the United Nations.
Yet, recently we were independent however NZ has now cuddled up to the US Military and Security apparatus and thus our neutrality has become questionable. The below article illustrates how we have used the Five Eyes listening outpost at Waihopai in the South island to gather all communications going in and out of the South Pacific Island regions and then forwarding them on to the US intelligence agencies.
During this time, NZ embarked on a PR campaign to gain support from all countries around the world to take a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. Saying that that NZ was basically an honest broker and fair minded player. Yet, behind the rhetoric NZ was in deed spying on its Pacific neighbours. Thus NZ under the present regime seems to be losing its way - most definitely as an independent country.
A piece from www.thedailyblog.co.nz - By Martyn Bradbury
So news that Snowden and Greenwald were right won’t even register with the sleepy hobbits. So many NZers have personally invested their own ego into the empty aspiration of brand #TeamKey that they point blank refuse to criticise him, no matter what he does.
We are a Cargo Cult minus the cargo.
Why on earth would any country vote for NZ to be on the UN Security Council when we are America’s 53rd State after Israel and Australia?
NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reports
New Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appear to show.
The 2003 list of “Exceptionally Controlled Information” which is itself classified top secret gives a brief rundown of various NSA intelligence gathering operations and their security codes and status.
Under the heading “Stateroom” the document describes the security classification that “restricts access to information about personnel involved in covert collection, processing and report of SIGINT [signals intelligence] from diplomatic missions abroad”.
“This activity is conducted by USA, AUS, CAN, GBR and NZL”, the document states.
Suspicions around New Zealand’s involvement in signals intelligence gathering on behalf of the US National Security Agency were reinforced late last year when documents released by Mr Snowden revealed the existence of the Stateroom programme.
The documents showed the programme operated from sites at US embassies and consulates and from the diplomatic missions of intelligence partners in the so-called Five Eyes intelligence gathering and sharing network, including Australia, Britain and Canada.