Why would a statement such as this one below, not be a wake up call for every mother in New Zealand? Actually every citizen who lives in this most fortunate of countries.
Hear the most powerful and potent statement in NZ's Parliament for decades as Steffan covers the descent on New Zealand of multiple layers of the global security apparatus that coincided with the 1st Reading of the GCSB Bill (
Government Communications Security Bureau) in Wellington, it's knock-on effect and connecting the dots as to how NZ is cavorting with loss of its sovereignty, enabling the matrix to hover over, and hoover our fast losing innocence as a global moral compass - defender of democracy and citizen rights.
STEFFAN BROWNING (Green Member of Parliament):
I rise to speak to the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill. The question has to be who makes New Zealand spying
law, and whom it is for. Clearly, it is for John Key and his mates, but it is also, I suggest, for Echelon, the five-nations, USA-dominated spy agency
that has its Government Communications Security Bureau arm run spy domes at Waihopai.
This week there are three different significant spy activities going on in New Zealand. The first is these new spy laws being fast tracked into Parliament
instead of first having an independent inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau, its illegal spying on us Kiwis, and its functions.
The second is the faux damages trial of the three penniless, dome-busting peace activists for $1.2 million for their costs for popping one of the Waihopai
domes while trying to interrupt New Zealand’s part in the bloodshed of innocents—Government Communications Security Bureau material again. That
really embarrassed New Zealand to its USA, UK, Australian, and Canadian spy mates, so today John Key has got a gift for them: this bill.
The third is VERY DISTURBING as well, I think. Today the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, is in Auckland, New Zealand, for the five-nation meeting of
Attorneys-General. That is a meeting of the US Attorney General; the Aussie Attorney-General; the New Zealand Attorney-General; the England, Wales,
and Northern Ireland Attorney General; and the Canadian Attorney General—the same group from Echelon.
Also, today they are holding a joint session with the FBI-instigated Strategic Alliance Group, comprising the same five nations’ federal policing agencies:
the FBI, the Australian Federal Police, the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the New Zealand Police, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
So the five Echelon States have their Attorneys-General and policing agencies all here having a chat about, among other things, Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload,
and who knows what of the other 88 people illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau, which this bill intends to make legal
in the future.
John Key must feel very, very smug at having a new spying law for his mates in town that can allow Echelon to spy on, effectively, anyone and have total
access to all telecommunications and internet systems. A big focus will be on the USA-UK corporate masters’ income protection, including their Hollywood
mates, but it is a huge, huge loss for the civil liberties of Kiwis.
New Zealand needs to break away from these alliances, which are set on protecting the USA-UK industrial military complex, and needs to show an independent,
peace-loving example predicated on human and civil rights.
So we have John Key and his hand-picked mate, Government Communications Security Bureau Director Ian Fletcher, spying on us New Zealanders. I will give
just a little reminder of where the Government Communications Security Bureau Act came from in 2003, when MPs repeatedly commented that there was nothing
to worry about, because the bill expressly stated that New Zealanders could not be spied on. But we know of at least 88 now.
In 2003 Tony Ryall said: “people who have quite a bent on conspiracy theories and seem to think that all the Government Communications Security Bureau
ever does is listen on New Zealanders’ telephone calls, which is, of course, expressly prohibited. The bureau is not allowed to listen in on New Zealanders.”
Peter Dunne also said he would listen to no concerns when the 2003 bill was passed. He said: 'This is a good bill. I do not accept the criticism of
those who speak against it, that somehow it means that information about people will be gathered improperly.
Well, Tony Ryall and Peter Dunne showed how clear it was to Parliament when it passed that bill that the bureau was not permitted to spy on New Zealanders.
The law and the intent of the law were not confusing; the bureau just did not follow it. There is no justification for the expansion of powers other
than that the bureau was breaking the law. It is not needed. The law is adequate. The Greens want an inquiry. We think the bill should be pulled, and
we oppose it.
Steffan Browning on the GCSB and Related Legislation Amendment Bill
21 Aug 2013 | Speech | Steffan Browning Green MP
I implore one of the 61 MPs who has previously supported this legislation to change at this vote and allow a full inquiry first. The Government has failed
to provide a real justification for this fundamental attack on our democratic rights and freedoms, and the legislation facilitates the legal establishment
of a surveillance State in New Zealand.
I rise to speak to the third readings of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) legislation. These bills collectively are an arrogant, unjustified,
and fundamental extension of the ability of the State to intrude into the private lives of ordinary New Zealanders.
This above Interview also mentions: NZ's current military Alliances and who we are involving ourselves with, when we need to be a Global Advocate for Peace
and Conflict Resolution.
June 2013 The New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force were joined by the Canadian, US and British armies and the US Marine Corps to enact a common
conflict scenario of insurgents trying to overthrow a government. Four nations' 'military invasion' goes well said the local press. Situated in Tararua,
Wairarapa, North of Wellington. Exercise Alam Halfa (strange name) 2013, was the precursor to Exercise Southern Katipo, to be held in the South Island
of this year. Some local residents were very concerned at seeing armed soldiers standing on town rooftops and even the local library.
Again in June 2013, Southern California operation Dawn Blitz at Camp Pendleton took place. The number of US marines stationed at Pendleton is 25 times
that of the whole New Zealand Army. This exercise was also joined by Canadian and Japanese soldiers.
From China's press we read that: Approximately 28,000 personnel took part in the biennial Australian and U.S. training exercise, which tested combined
and joint fighting capabilities in "a complex high-end environment" conducted in Australia and Hawaii from July 15 to Aug. 5. 2013
'The New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) sent observers to Exercise Talisman Saber 2013, one of Australia's major biennial exercises, to further develop our
In Sept 2013 Top military chiefs met in Auckland from more than 30 countries to discuss security issues as they gathered for the Pacific Armies' Chief's
This was only what was going on in one year. NZ Defence Forces are up to our eyeballs in 'so called security matters'
Is this the world we want to bring our children and grand children up in? When we could be all skilled in conflict resolution and finding ways
to reconcile apposing points of view?