Big Sister State
I have previously warned that anti-terror legislation now allows the NZ government to spy on and to repress political movements it doesn’t like. The Clark government was happy for people to think the so-called “Tuhoi raids” were about Maori activists, because this obscured the fact that the legislation allowing those raids removed every citizen’s rights big time and allowed police and security services almost unlimited power to spy on anyone they wish to and to terrorize them with military uniforms and weapons. More pakeha than Maori were targetted in the operation that included the Tuhoi raids. Today’s Sunday Star Times article stands as a warning to us all, both about potential spies in any political movement that the government might feel uncomfortable about, and about the importance of moderating our comments and avoiding threats of violence or subversion.