Civil Liberties

New Zealand Spies On Its Citizens Overseas

Because terrorism


New Zealanders in Yemen are already being monitored, Prime Minister John Key said today.

In a revelation on More FM breakfast radio, Mr Key justified changes to the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) law by saying some people in New Zealand were being trained by al-Qaeda in places such as Yemen.

In "the real world", powers to spy on civilians were necessary, he said.

He said there was the "odd person" here who presented a potential threat, either on the international stage or domestically.