Unleashing the GCSB to spy on Kiwis one more step to a police state

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Unleashing GCSB To Spy On Kiwis One More Step On Road To Police State

The Anti-Bases Campaign is appalled by the recommendations made in the newly-released Intelligence Agencies review.The authors have proposed overthrowing a basic tenet of spy operations in this country and paved the way for a massive expansion in surveillance of NZ citizens.

This is just another retrograde step on the road to a police state.

Previous restrictions on domestic spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) are to be removed; the basic democratic protection against the spies turning their cutting edge mass surveillance machinery on domestic life is to be eliminated.

The report justifies the increasing power of the agencies by proposing more transparency and oversight.

Ironically, Sir Michael Cullen, the key author of the report, is the man who exemplifies the inadequacy…

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