Those of us who don’t want NZs economic and political sovereignty traded away so John Key can keep getting golf time with his buddy Obama have had to put up with Key calling us misinformed and now the Trade Minister, Tim Groser has called us ‘completely extreme’.
How ‘extreme’? Are we protestors ‘extremists’ for demanding that a secret trade deal for US corporations that denies us the right to pass domestic laws be made public and debated before the NZ Executive just signs it off?
How does that make us ‘extreme’, and by labelling us ‘extreme’ does that trigger mass surveillance authorities? The loopholes National have allowed by giving the GCSB the power of mass surveillance means if the Deep State who answer to Washington and not Wellington believe we protestors are threatening their hegemonic control (and in this situation, NZ handing over its economic sovereignty to the US in exchange for the power to spy on everyone would be seen as a great deal), then we suddenly become the enemy and an enemy that must be monitored.
Don’t believe me? Take the recent example of Police spy Rob Gilchrist who was paid $600 per week to infiltrate Greenpeace, Animal Rights groups and Unions for the cops. Very little of this had to do with real law breaking, it was internal spying on domestic protest groups. If the Cops are prepared to go as far as putting a spy into fairly benign protest movements and laugh about naked photos he took of his Girlfriend, then what are they prepared to do against protestors trying to stop something like a free trade deal with America that they desperately want?
We have allowed this Government to give incredible powers to intelligence agencies like the SIS who helped them win the 2011 election by smearing Phil Goff with lies about Israeli backpackers. That this unforgivable abuse of political power has been met with a collective shrug by most NZers suggests they have absolutely no idea what has been given away so Big Brother can watch them.
I feel that if it had been Helen Clark who had rammed theses types of powers through, those same NZers who shrug now would be foaming with rage, but for some reason they think National won’t abuse those powers. despite every evidence that they do.