Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we?
The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS will need to ensure all 48 hour warrantless searches gain warrants OR the surveillance won’t gain the evidential threshold necessary to take the case the Court.
What a load of double speak bullshit.
Sure, if the point of what the SIS is doing is to gain a Court conviction, they will need to gain a warrant, but that’s not the only reason the SIS would spy on people. They could simply be spying on people for 48 hours for intel. There is no reason whatsoever for any of what the SIS does to ever come to Court, their ability to gather surveillance and gain intelligence on various groups is their strength, they will use 48 hour warrantless surveillance for what ever purpose they like, and seeing as they get to decide what is a threat, everyone in NZ is impacted by this.
This law allows for the SIS to break into your home, plant spy cameras and spy on you for 48 hours without a warrant. The claim by the Government that those warrantless searches will gain warrants if the SIS want a successful prosecution is a cleverly spun lie as it assumes a prosecution is what the SIS is after rather than raw intel on activist groups. How sad is it that NZers can be so easily tricked and deceived by fear mongering into willingly handing over their civil rights?
The PR spin job used to justify this erosion of our civil liberties has been skewered perfectly by Andrea Vance over the weekend.
The sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nu Zilind with their ‘in-John-we-trust’ mentality deserve the Eye of Mordor they get, horrifyingly for the rest of us that means we live with their blind faith and wilful ignorance as well.
The only threat to our democracy comes from John Key and his dirty politics, mass surveillance lying, civil liberty eroding Government – not bloody ISIS!