Over this week I have argued why should march if you are a Unionist, an environmentalist or Maori – but what if you don’t fall into the immediate target list of people the GCSB will start spying on – why should you march today at 2pm?
Because sooner or later my dear fellow New Zealander, you will be on this target list because the end point of the new GCSB Bill is the mass surveillance of every New Zealander, no matter how innocuous your actions.
To paraphrase Dame Anne Salmond – ‘if you vote for this Bill, don’t turn up at ANZAC Day’. We have spilled blood on foreign shores to stop Governments having this level of power over their citizens, yet we are about to allow the greatest erosion of our civil liberties since the ’51 lockout all because our vacant aspiration multi-millionaire leader slurs, “I’m comfortable with that’.
Well I’m not bloody comfortable with it John. When Key appears on the 6pm News tonight telling the country that this Bill has expanded protections and is well balanced he is either lying or he has no comprehension of the vast changes it actually represents.
When citizens with the high standing of Dame Anne Salmond refer to this bill as ‘electronic McCarthyism’, you know we must be concerned. When someone with the mana of Dr Rodney Harrison describes this Bill as a ‘threat to our democracy’ we must listen and when a recent migrant like Kim Dotcom points to himself as a direct example of what will happen under this Bill, it is time to fight back.
Under this legislation, we are all Kim Dotcoms.
This Bill represents the mass surveillance state, where the lidless Eye of Mordor will gaze unblinkingly upon all that we do and send every second of that to the American intelligence agencies.
The stakes could never be higher in terms of the kind of power we should give the State, and this Bill demolishes the rights of the individual.
Shame on David Farrar for his ridiculous apologist position on all of this and for falling in line with the Government, shame on Peter Dunne for demanding privacy for his emails while legislating away ours, shame on Nikki Kaye for betraying the liberals of Auckland Central, shame on ACT for betraying every principle they have ever had to support this abomination and shame on this whole damn Government for ramming this law through.
I will be MCing the Auckland protest, the speakers include Professor Jane Kelsey, Dr Rodney Harrison, Gareth Hughes from the Greens, David Shearer (or Phil Tyford) from Labour and Hone Harawira from MANA. Gather today at 2pm at Aotea Square.
I urge those who have never been on a March to come to the protest today at 2pm – this one matters to every single one of us.