You are being lied to over the Search and Surveillance Bill
Rights of media secure in bill: Govt
News organisations are being assured by the Government that a proposed bill will not destroy their right to protect their sources.
But critics say that does not mean that journalists' sources will remain protected, as a judge can order them to answer questions or release documents to police.
The powers of the Search and Surveillance Bill have come under fire from news organisation and civil libertarians, who say that it goes too far in removing the right to silence in questioning in relation to serious fraud or gang crimes.
The right to silence remains if answering questions amounted to self-incrimination.
The bill has also been criticised for potentially weakening the fourth estate, making it less likely for whistle-blowers to come forward and harder to hold institutions to account.
At the heart of the criticism are examination and production orders, which would compel a person to answer questions or release documents. At the moment only the Serious Fraud Office has this power, but the bill would extend it to police.
Non-compliance could result in a one year jail term.
How stupid are NZers? Seriously, how easy is it to remove vast judicial protections and erode our civil liberties without a fucking whimper?
We are being conned into believing these powers are aimed at 'da gangs', really - da gangs huh? We don't need worry because these powers are aimed at 'da gangs' right? Vast erosion of civil liberties doesn't impact on you because it's da gangs da gangs, dem gangs, da gangs, da gangs, dem gangs, da gangs da gangs, dem gangs and it doesn't impact on me.
Do you know what the police definition of a gang for these powers is?
You think dear asleep NZer that da gang is the Headhunters or the Mongrel Mob or Black Power don't you.
Do you know what the police definition of a gang is for these powers?
3 people who know each other. THAT IS THE DEFINITION THAT TRIGGERS THESE POWERS, 3 fucking people who know each other.
NZ - you are being conned into handing over YOUR rights with zero debate just the way you were conned into the manufactured crises at the Hobbit which resulted in Warners laughing al the way back to the Hollywood bank..
This is not a political issue, it doesn't matter of you are right wing, left wing, in the middle, white, brown, yellow, green, male, female, gay, straight, trans, Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jedi - WE SHOULD NEVER GIVE THE STATE THE POWER TO LEGALLY SPY ON US!
3 day 'fishing' trips for the police who can spy on you with no warrant whatsoever
No right to silence
Domestic spying by 3rd parties
The media losing their right to protect sources.
While our civil liberties are under the most disturbing attack in modern history, National are trying to 'streamline justice' with Simon Powers cheap pet-food grade abattoir conveyor belt of mercy. While announcing he wants a 'rethink' of the Bill of Rights (cue Emperor's march from the Empire Strikes Back), Simon wants this black hole of Justice to suck anyone caught in it to save some measly dollars....
Attorney General criticises justice law change
Proposals to allow criminal trials to proceed without the accused being present will strip defendants of a fundamental right, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson has warned.
In a report on a bill streamlining the criminal justice system, Mr Finlayson also criticises moves to allow courts to order the retrial of an acquitted defendant if new evidence comes to light and the reversing of the onus of proof for some offences.
The 526-page Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill sets out sweeping reforms to speed up the time from arrest to prosecution, including increasing the threshold for the right to a jury trial.
It also requires the defence to disclose issues in dispute before cases get to court, a move that civil liberties and defence lawyers say erodes the right to silence.
...look NZ, you hopped up and down and screamed over power saving lightbulbs and water saving showerheads and the repeal of section 59 that didn't do any of the ridiculous things you thought it would and you screamed for unionist heads over the manufactured crises at the Hobbit, all pointless protests over shit that never mattered, yet here the Government are about to pass the largest erosion of civil liberties ever passed in NZ and nothing from the country?
Why can we spend so much energy protesting stuff that doesn't matter, yet for something as huge as giving 70 state departments the power to spy on us we roll over for John Key and help spread our cheeks.
Maybe it's because our TV news media have spent more time on the life and death of a psychic octopus than this issue that so many NZers are not aware of this, my bet is that Simon will try and ram it through under urgency as the holidays loom so no one will pay attention.
(By the way, Close Up will be doing a end of month special tribute show - 'paul the psychic octopus - we hardly knew you at all', where the walrus of news Mark Sainsbury will talk to the Mum and Dad of Paul the Octopus about a special final prophecy he gave them to tell the world. I can't wait.)