WAIHOPAI SPY BASE PROTEST SATURDAY JANUARY 25th 2015
WAIHOPAI - THE GCSB SPY ON NEW ZEALANDERS
"Government Communications Security Bureau"
NSA, the National Security Agency - SPIES ON EVERYONE
Many people from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday
January 25th 2015 and every year for many years now.
The Anti-Bases Campaigns activities will start with a public meeting at 10 a.m.,at the Nativity Church Hall, 76 Alfred Street,
The title is Spies And Lies: Waihopai Global Spying.
The speakers are: Blenheims Green MP, Steffan Browning MP, John Minto of Global Peace and Justice Auckland plus Warren Thomson of ABC. The purpose
of the public meeting is to discuss the wider issues of spying, to put Waihopai into context.
We will be at the Waihopai spy bases main gate on Waihopai Valley Road from 1.30 p.m., with speeches from 2 p.m. Information will be provided on the function
of the base and there will be a peaceful protest, involving a range of activities, calling for its closure.
The speakers will include: Steffan Browning, John Minto,and Murray Horton of ABC.
2013 was the year where it was conclusively proven that the GCSB at Waihopai have been illegally spying on New Zealanders for years (as ABC has said
since the spy base was first announced in 1987). So what did the Government do? It passed laws (the GCSB and TICS Acts) to legalise the crime. And
2013 was the year that, thanks to Edward Snowden, it was conclusively proven that the US National Security Agency (NSA the GCSBs boss) has been,
and still is, spying on everyone everywhere.
So this is ABCs theme this time in addition to our longstanding assertion that Waihopai is NZs key contribution to Americas global spying machine.
Waihopai is a US spy base in all but name, operating on NZ soil, a vital outpost of the American Empire.
Simultaneously, the US is pushing for a Free Trade Agreement, via the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (which the US wants to be concluded ASAP this year) as NZs reward for having supplied our troops as cannon fodder in Afghanistan, and for hosting the Waihopai spy base.
The GCSB has been given nearly three quarters of a billion dollars of taxpayers money in the past quarter of a century. The 2013/14 budget is $59 million,
plus another $35 million was recently spent on new GCSB headquarters in Wellington. It being a criminal waste of taxpayers money. Waihopai’s operations
are exempt from the:
Privacy Act, Crimes Act and Official Information Act, and MPs are specifically prohibited from investigating activities of the GCSB.
Waihopai does not operate in the national interest of New Zealand. In all but name it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil, paid for with hundreds of millions
of our tax dollars; it spies on New Zealanders; and involves us in Americas global spying machine. Waihopai must be closed. (For details on Waihopai
and what it does, go to:
our Website www.converge.org.nz/abc).
ABC contacts: (03) 3663988 (Murray Horton) until 8 mobiles: 0274 307742 (Murray Horton) and/or 0274 797789 (Lynda Boyd)