National Day of Action Against the NZ Governments Search and Surveillance Bill

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Tim Lynch

At present here in our country New Zealand, the Search and Surveillance Bill is currently being debated by Parliament, and is seen as a massive threat to civil liberties in New Zealand.

This Surveillance Bill grants the Police and other state agencies vast new powers to monitor, search and detain individuals for minor and nonexistent infringements.

The Bill effectively removes the right to silence by allowing the Police to force people to answer questions and produce evidence-using provisions known as examination orders and production orders.

It also allows for warrant-less searches in some circumstances and for video surveillance devices to be installed in private homes, using only the same burden of evidence currently required by the courts for granting Police a warrant for a one-off search.

This Bill enhances state powers and fundamentally alters some core concepts in law to such a degree that even the Law Society and the Chief Justice have serious criticism of it.

This is not the NZ that we were born into, NZ as a small isolated country has played and continues to play its part as ethically as possible to be a worthy global example of justice, peace and goodwill.

Has this hyped up Search and Surveillance Bill been foisted on this country by outside interests? Especially as we have had no acts of terrorism in this country since the French Govt bombed and sank the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior 25 years ago.

Note, that in today's world when you give away our freedoms, they are never ever voluntarily returned back to us.

In this day and age where the agenda is to keep the rhetoric of fear and apprehension uppermost in the public consciousness, (see TV news as an example or the recent pages in the NZ Herald) people & friends are asking the question ... are we being manipulated to give our power away from "we the people" to another more ominous agenda?

So regrettably we have to come out of our homes and join as one movement to show our elected servants in Wellington that "we the people" do not countenance such behavior of jamming this bill through, particularly as there is no evidence whatsoever in this country, for such a need!

Saturday 24 April 2010 is a national day of protest action against the Bill. Defend your Freedom: Join the protest to demonstrate your distrust for such legislation.

This is a very sad indictment on NZ especially when we need leadership by our civic leaders as well as any one of any standing in the "corporate" arena to make their voices heard.

It makes you want to connect the dots ... as to why here ... and why now ... ?

http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/78229/search-and-surveillance-bill-parliament


Auckland Protest March.

National Day of Action Against the NZ Governments Search and Surveillance Bill.

Saturday April 24, 2pm, on the grassy area opposite the Town Hall, Queen Street. Auckland.

This is EarthFiles for this week.

PS - The Bill was passed into Law under urgency - as people were not awake and most obviously don't care.  Tim

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'