Why give the State more powers to spy on us?
Surveillance bill clears another hurdle
A bill that gives the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) stronger surveillance powers has been reported back to Parliament with only minor amendments.
The bill was introduced in December last year and earlier this year the Intelligence and Security Committee heard submissions on it in secret, against the wishes of the Labour Party and the Greens.
The Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill gives the SIS explicit authority to use modern technology for surveillance, such as electronic tracking devices.
The Privacy Commissioner recommended that the new SIS powers John Key wants heard in secret take 3 years, National will ram it through before the rugby world cup, what's more dangerous? Terrorists or drunk rugby fans?
Why do we need these powers? On 9/11, 2001, the UN reports 36 615 children died from poverty, yet we don't seem to be rushing through laws to protect the most vulnerable in society now do we? Funny what motivates us to rush through secret powers don't it?
This combined with the vast erosion of our civil liberties by the proposed search and surveillance police powers which will be expanded to 70 other state departments, represents the largest attack on our rights we've ever seen in NZ. The fact it will be heard in secret and rammed through in less than a year when advised to take 3 years doesn't serve our democracy in any way shape or form, it serves the interests of those hiding it. As Armstrong points out...
If the reasons are so good, tell us what they are
Banning the public and the media from hearings on a new law increasing the powers and reach of the Security Intelligence Service is a giant leap backwards.
And not just to the Cold War era. It falls not far short of a return to the Dark Ages of parliamentary scrutiny - or rather the lack of it.
As the minister in charge of the SIS, the Prime Minister may have very good reasons for not allowing submissions on the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill to be heard in public by Parliament's intelligence and security committee.
It would be useful if he shared them with the rest of the country.
...I don't care how much John Key smiles and waves, increasing state powers in secret is is not acceptable in a democracy.
Why should the SIS who are so incompetent that they couldn't even do a basic CV check on a fantasist they gave a top security level clearance to in the NZ military be given expanded powers that will be granted to them in secret?
* That the SIS did not check with its counterpart overseas agencies to see what they knew about Mr Wilce. This was contrary to standard practice in cases where the application for a securing clearance had worked overseas;
* That the SIS did not follow up on Mr Wilce's failure to disclose convictions once a police check revealed that he had convictions; and
* That the SIS did not record or follow up on information received on Mr Wilce after the announcement of his appointment.
The last time we just allowed the SIS to make up the rules to suit themselves, they spied on Sue Bradford and Keith Locke when they were children and spied on the sex lives of Green Party members.
Let's not forget the utter abortion the last great supposed terror threat managed to achieve...
Urewera trial taking too long, Goff says
Delays to the Urewera trial is denying defendants their access to justice, Labour leader Phil Goff says. Last week it was reported that the trial of 15 people, arrested after police raids in 2007 at alleged training camps in the Urewera Ranges, appeared unlikely to go ahead as scheduled on May 30 and could be delayed until next year.
...as Matt McCarten so precisely notes...
Urewera trial delay to hide egg on faces
Remember those domestic terrorists who were discovered right under our noses in the Ureweras nearly four years ago?
Well, the court case against them, which was to start on the 30th of this month, is falling apart. On Thursday the courts announced the case had been delayed another year.
Insiders tell me the priority for the anti-terrorism unit and the police hierarchy is to continue to drag the whole matter out as long as they can.
There is a strong possibility that if the Supreme Court suppresses or dismisses some of the police evidence (which is likely) the prosecutors can then claim on that basis they can't proceed with the case.
That will give them an excuse to apply to have everything permanently suppressed. That way they get all the senior players who started this nonsense off the hook.
But we shouldn't forget what they did. Former prime minister Helen Clark, the police commissioner Howard Broad and the entire anti-terrorism unit hyped themselves into believing a secret cell was about to launch a terror campaign against the citizens of this country.
They signed off sending 300 police dressed up in SWAT uniforms to raid houses and detain innocent citizens, search school buses and cordon off a whole town.
The "terrorists" were held mostly in solitary confinement for a month.
As I've argued previously, the local cops should have been asked to pop up and see the so-called terrorist leader, Tame Iti, take his guns off him and serve him a summons to appear in court.
Then they should have sent uniformed cops to visit all the suspects at home and give them formal warnings for running around the bush with weapons.
...Tama Iti and his merry militia are no more terrorists than I am, and Matt is right, this should have been a local policing issue, not the farce they made it into. As an activist, you never pick up a gun, ever. But the over reaction by the Police will merely be repeated over and over again if the State is allowed to increase their powers with the barest of oversights.
Let us also remind ourselves these powers are not just limited to the SIS, the Government are also pushing for vast expansions of surveillance powers for ALL 70 State Departments.
We are being conned into believing these powers are aimed at 'da gangs', really - da gangs huh? 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.
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?
Who knew how far smile and wave political capital could pacify sleep hobbits?