Screw Dotcom. We’re under surveillance!

It’s been a few hours since Dotcom’s Moment of Truth extravaganza, and narratives are already taking shape. One of the big unanswered questions is when John Key knew about Kim Dotcom. This is an issue partly because Dotcom led the media on.

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But to be honest, I don’t care if Dotcom failed to provide the knock-out blow. For me, the real story is that we are all subject to mass surveillance. Am I missing something? I don’t care about who-knew-what-and-when. I want my privacy back!

Journalists were caught a little flat-footed by the surveillance revelations, so I can understand why they continued to ask about this afternoon’s email. They probably had articles half-written and expected the finishing touches this evening. But the chronology of Key and Kim is not the biggest issue here. Sure, it matters for the soap opera that is the election, but it pales in comparison to the terror of mass surveillance.

Many of us may not be surprised by Snowden’s revelations. That does not, however, make them less important.

Edward Snowden is not a party hack. Apparently he was a Ron Paul supporter, so if anything he may be libertarian. He gave up the life he knew to blow the whistle on state surveillance, and he has not been proven wrong yet (to the best of my knowledge). He is an honest man.

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Action is desperately needed. All of us need to volunteer time with ANY party that is committed to changing the government. We need to support turnout efforts. We need to put aside our bickering about who is the most bestest leftist and work as a collective. We need to call our apolitical friends who might lean to National, and tell them they are being spied on.

If this scandal doesn’t cost National the election, then apathy has won. And if apathy wins, people will give up on the ballot box and start thinking the masses cannot be trusted with their own liberation. And that rarely ends well.

Call your friends and family. Volunteer with Labour, the Greens, or Internet Mana this week. We need to fight like our democracy depends on it… because it does.

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