Tag Archives: Police

Greenwald, GCSB and the war on dissent

Forget the war on terror. Glenn Greenwald has confirmed what mass surveillance is really about. Keeping track of internal dissenters, those pesky animal and human rights activists; those annoying NGO’s with their irritating agendas; those do gooder environmentalists and their outrageous claims against corporations; and who knows maybe even political parties, especially those with non […]

David Fisher – Please “Lose” your notes

Accidents happen. Hard drives fail. Things get lost. Journalists like politicians can have memory lapses. The Police and GCSB have convinced (or rather their legal counsel has – the Police and GCSB aren’t that bright) a High Court judge that senior New Zealand Herald writer David Fisher’s research for his investigative book The Secret Life of […]

If it’s not big brother, it’s mr plod watching you

Yet more news out of Britain about police abuse of surveillance powers to spy on peaceful and completely legitimate politicians and activists who deviate even modestly from the status quo consensus. This time it is two Green Party politicians who have been spied on for over a decade despite never breaking the law or being arrested. […]

Democracy and the right to dissent

Neither Walter Nash, Peter Fraser or Michael Joseph Savage were communists. Nor in the context of the first Labour government particularly radical. Yet it turns out they were subject to covert surveillance by both the Police and the intelligence service at the time. At one level this is hardly surprising. In an earlier post I […]

Police – Protecting you or the status quo?

Britain has a long and disgraceful history of not only the intelligence services but also the police trying to both infiltrate and act as agent provocateurs inside peaceful protest groups. A recent Guardian newspaper article on how the police tried to recruit (not realising he was being filmed) a Cambridge student into spying on different […]