The contempt in which this Government holds privacy and individual sovereignty makes for a well documented descent into a Police State.
The vast unrestricted powers John Key handed the Police when they were caught illegally spying on the so called terrorists of the Urewera combined with the unbelievable decision to expand the GCSB to spy upon NZ citizens all comes together in the TICS Bill.
The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill forces all telecommunications companies to open their networks to surveillance, it’s the enabler legislation to the draconian civil rights abuses the GCSB can now conduct legally. There’s no point in being able to spy on NZers if all the telecommunications companies who carry the data the Government want to spy on won’t play ball, so the TICS Bill forces them to comply with their networks being open to NZs various intelligence apparatus.
This is the structure of a Police State, mass surveillance based on nothing more than guilt by association. It has been bullied through regardless of civil liberty concerns and it seems very focused on answering to Washington as opposed to Wellington.
Tonight at 7pm, the smartest minds on the issue come together to state their case against this type of abuse of power at the anti-GCSB coalition urgent public meeting at Old St. Paul’s Mulgrave Street. I
Industry experts Seeby Woodhouse, Thomas Beagle and Vikram Kumar join academics and activists Professor Jane Kelsey, John Minto and Valerie Morse alongside the political opposition of David Cunliffe, Russel Norman and Annette Sykes.
This will be David Cunliffe’s first public meeting as leader of the Labour Party so expect lots of media and a packed hall.
It is first in, first served tonight, once we reach capacity, we won’t be able to take anymore people in, so please consider finding a seat by 6.30pm at the latest.
The Daily Blog will live stream the entire event for free here on site from 7pm and post the video up on demand afterwards.
These mass surveillance powers must be revoked by what ever new Government replaces this current terrible one and these meetings are to generate the political momentum to ensure this is on the election radar next year.
Refuse to be intimidated and refuse to go quietly into a state that pays lip service to democracy. Now is the time to stand with one clear voice that we the citizens refuse this type of Big Brother agenda.
Fight tonight at 7pm.