Graffiti outside the Whanganui Police Computer before an anarchist blew himself up.
The irony of what the State can now do would have that young anarchist reassembling in his grave. In this week the NZ Police were caught threatening researchers wanting to use that data with bans if they publish anything critical of the Police.
It seems every worst fear of Neil Roberts have borne fruit with news that 2 million NZers are on the police computer…
Nearly two million people appear in a New Zealand police intelligence system with an alert against their name, inquiries by the Otago Daily Times have revealed. Those in the database are generally flagged without their knowledge, and a leading security analyst says the broad sweep of the system raises privacy concerns
…I know full well the damage Police abuse of power can create. My credit rating was shredded by Police involving me in their illegal search of Nicky Hager and I face a secret trial using secret evidence as I fight them in the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
The immense unchecked power the Police secretly wield over us with their intelligence computer is as far as I can see, a total no go area. It seldom comes up for debate and it rarely gets any focus. How much of what they hold is correct or even justified? When you consider there are barely 5 million of us in NZ, the Police holding information on almost half the population seems a tad ghoulish doesn’t it?
The Police are always pushing their DNA data base as well and are always trying to use tricks to get young people who have been arrested their give DNA samples voluntarily.
There needs to be an urgent stock take of the information held by the Police and justifications for holding it, but no such public curiosity has been amplified anywhere, which must be very comforting for the Police.
There has been an enormous expansion of Police powers under the last Government, before we hand over anymore to them in the wake of the Christchurch atrocity, surely we should check up on what they currently have and whether it’s justified.