Let me be clear.
I am anti-euthanasia. I passionately believe that if this passes, Government’s and State Agencies will not be able to help themselves in promoting Euthanasia to lesson health costs. That’s what Jenny Shipley was secretly trying to do in the 1990s and I sure as hell believe National would use it like that now.
That said, what the NZ Police are doing to Euthanasia campaigners is not only outrageous, but the real reasons behind this weird abuse of power is actually a lot darker.
The Police erected a fake alcohol breath test checkpoint to purposely catch campaigners leaving a Euthanasia meeting and then proceeded to approach some of them afterwards at their home later that day.
Falsifying a checkpoint to catch and tag members of any political group or organisation and then turn up on their doorsteps to intimidate them is extreme and barely within the law.
Which is what the NZ Police are testing out. The incredible search and surveillance powers bestowed upon them retrospectively by John Key for illegally spying on activists added new abilities to actively deceive and effectively entrap activists. This pro-active Policing is clearly something the NZ Police wish to test out.
This is a bloody training exercise.
The Police have selected a low grade activist group with little political clout to test out how far they can actually go with their new powers.
The Police have been trying these tactics out for some time. The Urewera Raids not only used illegal spying techniques (now legal), but they engaged in GCSB level spying equipment and agent provocateurs. They tried it on with the failed Red Devil undercover plant and more recently used ‘Mr Big’ entrapment scams.
Targeting Euthanasia campaigners is a training exercise as our Police State starts flexing its new found muscles.
Remember if the new GCSB and SIS powers go through, they can deputise any agency to share their legal immunity if committing crimes.