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New Bill Passed in New Zealand Gives NSA-Like Powers

FUNDED BY U.S. TAXPAYERS! (We're just not sure exactly how much).

Ironically, while many of New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings took place just this week, the passage of a new intelligence agency-bolstering bill demonstrates one liberty being traded off for another.

The legislation, passed late last night, has been criticized by many for enlarging the size and scope of the Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) spying powers. Following the close vote, Prime Minister John Key defended the measures saying, “There are threats our government needs to protect New Zealanders from” and that “those threats are real and ever-present and we underestimate them at our peril.”

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