Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Lesson time at the Bush-Blair Library

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

GCSB saga
The GCSB is the (New Zealand) Government Communica-
tions Security Bureau, which has recently been accused of spying illegally on New Zealanders. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of April 17, 2013.

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Armchair counter-espionage

Posted in china, new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 3, 2012

Are the Chinese spying on us?
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 10, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Cloak-and-dagger stuff Down Under

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 2, 2012

NZ's new security law
The “new security law” is presumably the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, which provides for “warrantless entry to prevent offence or respond to risk to life or safety” — which means, as far as I can see, that the police can break into your house whenever they like. (See Part 2, Subpart 4.) The legislation also provides for “entry without warrant to find and avoid loss of evidential material relating to certain offences”. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of October 2, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Click on the “search and surveillance bill” tag to read earlier comments on this legislation.

Israeli ‘spy’ story cracks New Zealand couch potato’s apathy

Posted in israel, new zealand, palestine by Blimp deflator on July 21, 2011

Israeli 'spy' story cracks Kiwi couch potato's apathy
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of July 21, 2011. Don’t worry, our lounge lizard will soon go back to sleep again. And next time the affable Israeli envoy comes calling, you can be sure the worthies of Palmerston North will give him a warm (if not rapturous) reception.

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Questions remain about suspicious Israelis

Posted in israel, new zealand by Blimp deflator on July 21, 2011

Questions remain about suspicious Israelis
Article from the Manawatu Standard of July21, 2011.

Israeli ‘spy ring’ exposed in New Zealand

Posted in israel, new zealand by Blimp deflator on July 21, 2011

The article below was published in the Manawatu Standard on July 20, 2011. The banner headline — Quake exposes Israeli spy ring fears — was followed by an introductory paragraph: The SIS is probing the suspicious activities of groups of Israelis during and immediately after the Christchurch earthquake. Fred Tulett investigates.
Israeli 'spy ring' exposed in New Zealand