Shocking new revelations about CIA breaking 1951 Union Waterfront lock out – so why are we ramming through a new Intelligence and Security Bill for America?

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…so the bloody CIA intervened directly in our domestic affairs to break an Industrial dispute that was caused by a Government intent on damaging the Unions.

It kinda makes the accusations that Russia interfered in the most recent US Election look quaint.

Extraordinary new claims about our NZ history that I think I can safely predict won’t see the coverage it deserves from the mainstream corporate media…

Secret CIA flights helped break 1951 New Zealand waterfront strike, files reveal

hey were the self-proclaimed “secret soldiers of the Cold War”, flying covert missions for the United States’ government, using rags and coffee cans to light runways for moonlit landings and attracting “lovely, friendly, curious lassies” at every airport.

The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) secret airline flew covert missions to fight communism in China, Vietnam and Korea in the 1950s and 60s, but newly released US files reveal the airline also operated in New Zealand to help break the 1951 Wellington waterfront dispute.

Civil Air Transport (CAT) is called “the world’s most shot-at airline” by veterans and was secretly owned by the CIA. It ran passenger and cargo services as a cover for secret missions from 1950 to 1968.

The new CIA files, published online with 13 million other documents in January, reveal a Kiwi mission called “Operation Railhead”.

The airline was contracted by the New Zealand Government to fly about 8000 tonnes of “everything from brewery malt to racehorses” more than 150,000 kilometres in 1300 crossings of the Cook Strait from May to June 1951.

The US provided four Curtiss C-46 Commando planes and crew to fly cargo between Paraparaumu Airport near Wellington to Woodbourne in Blenheim on the South Island.

It was chartered to ensure that goods could still be shipped around New Zealand during the waterfront dispute of 1951. The pay dispute was the largest industrial confrontation in New Zealand history bringing the nation’s ports to a standstill and, at its peak, taking 22,000 workers off the job from February to July 1951.

Left-leaning political commentator Chris Trotter said the secret Kiwi mission was a revelation.

“It is an important historical detail because it shows how real the ideological battle was and it shows that a lot of the fears on the left have some real basis in fact.

“There was always a suspicion that the US was manipulating events from behind fronts. This detail reinforces all the worse fears of the people involved in the dispute.”

…so the bloody CIA intervened directly in our domestic affairs to break an Industrial dispute that was caused by a Government intent on damaging the Unions.

It kinda makes the accusations that Russia interfered in the most recent US Election look quaint.

It’s amazing that we’ve had to wait over half a century before being told of this collusion.

If the CIA were prepared to step in over 60 years ago to ensure their interests were protected, what do you think the American’s are prepared to do now we have been given access to their mass surveillance 5 Eyes program?

It’s a question that has demanded answering ever since NZ became immersed in the US Intelligence web with the building of the Waihopai Spy base.

NZ is handed soft wear and hard wear that allows us to spy on anyone at anytime. Do you think America allows that transfer of power without demanding economic sovereignty?

Right now, Parliament is ‘debating’ vast new mass surveillance powers and the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are none the wiser about the enormous scale of what is being proposed.

Labour have walked away from any pretence of holding the powerful to account and have spinelessly thrown their lot in with the Deep State establishment by promising them power without restraint.

Labour claim they ‘won’ us the right to not have 2 day warrantless searches by cutting that down to 24 hours, as if that is some type of grand concession on the part of the mass surveillance Deep State.

The current debate in parliament is a fucking joke that we should all be deeply embarrassed by…

‘What’s your spy name?’: Spying debate goes off track

The acrimonious debate on New Zealand’s spying agencies four years ago appeared to be long forgotten as MPs tackled a new round of spying reforms this week.

In 2013, activists marched on the streets, the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) was accused of mass surveillance, and political parties were at each others’ throats.

But as the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill returned to Parliament on Wednesday, debate instead centred on which MP had the best “spy name” and who the best fictional spy was.

Speaking on a part of the legislation which dealt with covert activities, Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson introduced a ” little game” which he learned in his former role as a diplomat.

“If want to create your own spy identity, what you should do is take your middle name and the street where you grew up.”

He showed the other MPs how do it.

“I myself am Murray Pretoria … which I think makes me sound like a South African spy, but that is me.

“So I invite other members of the House to have a think about where they are at in terms of their identity.”

…oh ha ha, hahahahaha, Hahahahaha. Ha. How fucking hilarious. The Parliament is about to hand over vast new powers of mass surveillance to an organisation with all the checks and balances of your average Apartheid South African justice system and we’re all having a laugh about spy names.

For fucks sakes people.

In the post-Snowdon world where we know the NSA have almost God like powers via the mass surveillance networks, we are making jokes about spy names.

At a time when the UK are about to merge big data with mass surveillance just as NZ is about to, we are making jokes about spy names.

When technical attache’s at the US embassy in Wellington who work at the GCSB can escape legal scrutiny for their actions , we are making jokes about spy names.

As we find out the CIA were 60 years ago involving themselves directly in our internal domestic affairs, we are ramming through mass surveillance powers controlled by the NSA and making jokes about spy names.

So why are these new laws so dangerous to NZ democracy?

We’ve blogged, over, and over, and over again about the reasons why.

So let’s spell them out again.

The broader scope comes from the Bill defining “national security” to include protections against the following:

-“potential threats to New Zealand’s status as a free and democratic society from … foreign interference”;
-“potential threats that may cause serious harm to the … quality of life of the New Zealand population”;
-“unlawful acts or acts of foreign interference that may cause serious damage to New Zealand’s economic security or international relations”;
-“potential threats to the integrity of information … of critical importance to New Zealand”.

Once a warrant is issued, Sections 65 and 66 of the Bill give the SIS and GCSB the power to:

-“do any … act that is reasonable in the circumstances and reasonably required to achieve the purposes for which the warrant is exercised”; and

-“do any act that is reasonable in the circumstances and reasonably required to conceal the fact that anything has been done under the warrant and to keep the activities of the intelligence agency covert”.

As Dr David Small, the Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury points out,  “These are open-ended powers. They exclude nothing. They do not exclude getting people to do things by using threats, or blackmail or even framing people for serious crimes. The night I caught the SIS spies in 1996, they could have beaten me up in that empty street. During their house searches, they could have planted and claimed to have found items forensically linked to the “APEC bomb”.

On top of this, the Bill allows these agencies to deputise anyone they want to also be protected from prosecution for illegality and it allows for anyone whistle blowing to the media about illegal activity by the Government to be jailed for 5 years.

Beyond all those arguments is the fundamental problem that America empowers us with this mass surveillance software and hardware and they demand a high price for that power. Everything scooped up here in NZ is available to the NSA despite all the waffle about checks and balances. we are giving NZ spy agencies vast new powers which will cal all be exploited by our American Intelligence masters.

The so called ‘flop’ of the Moment of Truth, where Kim Dotcom, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden all proved without a shadow of doubt that NZ has lied about mass surveillance for the NSA, has had an even more damaging long term impact.

New Zealand was ready in 2013 to challenge these mass surveillance powers and the building of an advanced Police State, but since the corporate mainstream media all wrote those concerns off as conspiratorial by denouncing the Moment of Truth, NZers have self censored themselves and allowed silence to rule the day.

The 2014-2015 budget for the GCSB was $86, 843, 000. Their budget for 2015-2016 is $143, 568, 000. That’s almost a $60million dollar increase in one year, this is becoming a monster with no leash on it.

These new spy powers won’t make anyone of us safer, they are far more likely be abused and damage this democracy.

But let’s all get upset over caged eggs sold as free range and a dog that gets shot at our airport.

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23 Comments

  1. Afewknowthetruth says:

    Most of this planet has been run by Anglo-America business and political interests (actually there is not much difference between the two), in conjunction with European banking interests, since the early 1800s.

    The Second World War gave America the opportunity to let Britain get pummeled, thereby enabling America to take the top spot.

    Since 1945 it has been a largely unipolar world, with only the USSR (and now Russia) providing much resistance the banker-corporation agenda of taking over the entire world.

    Fortunately America’s time of manipulating and looting the world is almost over. But try getting the idiots, many of the New Zealanders, that think America is ‘great’ to realise that.

  2. CLEANGREEN says:

    Yes my Dad was in this picture when he was a wharf WORKER and on the picket line so after the National Government used the military to shut down the strike my Dad was blacklisted for working around any AUCKLAND SITES GOVERNMENT COULD CONTROL THEN SO HE MOVED US ALL BACK TO HB..

  3. Siobhan says:

    Labour’s Nash…. ‘are not for the waterside workers, and we are not against them’.

    I wonder what they would have said about the CIA involvement?
    “Not for it, not against it”?.

  4. Michal says:

    Following on from taking part in this year’s protest at Waihopai, I wrote to Little asking if they would disband Waihopai, get out of the 5 eyes:

    I have recently taken part in the well attended annual protest at the base and am appalled that New Zealand as a sovereign nation spies on behalf of the US on Bangladesh, India, China, Solomon Islands, all south Pacific nations and other countries. None of these countries to my knowledge are enemies of New Zealand.

    I think that most of us know none of this spying has anything to do with terrorism but it is to do with global domination of the world.

    Like many New Zealanders I want this stopped immediately. We as an independent nation need to form our own foreign policy and not be dictated to by any other country in the world.

    Can you please explain to me why your party intends, should it become the government to remain in the ‘5 Eyes Network’.

    His response:
    Thank you…
    Labour supports our remaining in the network. In this age of increased security risks it is important we have access to the best information to keep New Zealanders safe.
    There should be a limit to what the state does, however. It is important that we strike the right balance between security and privacy, and the rights of New Zealand citizens must be respected.

    Very enlightening isn’t it.

    I for one whilst I want to change the government, have no faith in the Labour party.

    • Siobhan says:

      “Mr Little was asked if New Zealand should stay in Five Eyes after comments made by the US President Donald Trump about sanctioning the torture of terror suspects.
      He said Labour supported staying in the network, and that had not changed under Mr Trump’s presidency.

      “Five Eyes is about getting information that helps with the security of our nation.

      “New Zealanders care about making sure they’re safe and secure.””

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/323329/greens-and-labour-divided-over-intelligence-network

      No changes there……though I personally don’t think illegally spying on Kim Dotcom makes me feel safer..but then if the FBI tell us we should do something then I guess we better…right Mr Key??

    • Afewknowthetruth says:

      I think it is fair to say that only uninformed (misinformed) fools have faith in the Labour party.

      Fortunately for Little and company, most of the general populace are uninformed (misinformed) fools.

  5. WILD KATIPO says:

    Speaking on a part of the legislation which dealt with covert activities, Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson introduced a ” little game” which he learned in his former role as a diplomat.

    “If want to create your own spy identity, what you should do is take your middle name and the street where you grew up.”

    He showed the other MPs how do it.

    “I myself am Murray Pretoria … which I think makes me sound like a South African spy, but that is me.

    “So I invite other members of the House to have a think about where they are at in terms of their identity.”
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    What. The . Fuck ?!!?

  6. countryboy says:

    The U$A.
    The Nation that narcissism built. The notion is so deeply worrying that I dare not look down into its depths.

    • Red Buzzard says:

      USA is entering a new era of McCarthyism to cover up its sins …blame everything on Russia and justify spying on people around the world who dare stand up to them

      Just listen to Morning Report buy- in this morning. It was disgraceful

      Clinton and the Democrats and the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s backers ( the worst of the Republicans ) are running scared and MUST be held accountable for corruption and wars to de-stabilise the Middle East.

      …The leaks to wikileaks came from INSIDE the American government …read Steve Pieczenik and Julian Assange…all the rest is misinformation. Brave Americans have put their lives on the line. We need to support them.

  7. Sassy says:

    Recently, CIA operatives in NZ have been good at accusing people of. Sing Nazis. They did it at Occupy. Perhaps next they will do it in an attempt to smear those fighting against migrant exploitation on behalf of big business? Stranger things have happened…

  8. Mike in Auckland says:

    One day, in another generation, we can read the revelations about what John Key was planted here for, I guess. He was instrumental in re-establishing the “warm” relationship between the US and NZ, facilitating the future collaboration in the Pacific and wider global affairs, where “the west” (or rather its elite) sees its interests “threatened”.

    Times do never change, it seems. Now, I am looking forward to what Nicky Hager has to communicate to us tomorrow.

  9. Mike in Auckland says:

    “New Zealand was ready in 2013 to challenge these mass surveillance powers and the building of an advanced Police State, but since the corporate mainstream media all wrote those concerns off as conspiratorial by denouncing the Moment of Truth, NZers have self censored themselves and allowed silence to rule the day.”

    Welcome to Sleepy Hobbits Part 5.

  10. Samwise says:

    So much for Americans whinging that the ruskies interfered in their election. Karma, my American friends, is a bitch.

  11. Ian Kiddle says:

    Kind of ironic that a bill that claims to protect against “potential threats that may cause serious harm to the … quality of life of the New Zealand population”; causes serious harm to the quality of life of the NZ population.

  12. Priss says:

    Unbelievable!

  13. Red Buzzard says:

    where is the Labour Party on this?

    • Strypey says:

      Participating in the construction of the police state with full enthusiasm, as they’ve been doing since at least the 1980s. Sadly, this is not a problem a change of ruling party in parliament is going to fix.

      Maybe we could try a written constitution that enshrines the human rights and civil liberties of NZ citizens, one that the state and its agents are not exempt from, and that can’t be changed by act of parliament? It’s not a silver bullet solution (look at the USA), but it would give us a powerful tool for holding the state to account outside of elections. Drafting a proposed constitution through an open public consultation would be a good start (see: http://constitutionaotearoa.org.nz/), although as with the “crowdsourcing” of a new constitution for Iceland, the real challenge is to go from draft to reality.

  14. John W says:

    Kirk floated a superannuation scheme where a small part of your pay was invested in NZ Govt to use and build NZ.
    That was just not allowed.
    Kirk dies.
    Muldoon ran a campaign on destroying the super scheme and the CIA subsidiary “Hanna Barbara” ran the campaign complete with dancing Cossacks on our TR screens.

    The CIA had been here for years.

    Kirk’s scheme would have NZ as a Lender not borrower and out contributions would have a Govt. backed guarantee unlike the Kiwisaver where the money is all in private hands ready to disappear when a slump hits.

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