About us

Stop the Spies is a campaign targeting the Intelligence Review. We join a long tradition of ordinary people who believe that NZ society would be better without the security services. We’ve come together because we don’t trust these agencies, and we don’t believe that they act in the interests of ordinary people in this country or anywhere else.

By definition these agencies are political in their work – the security that they are charged with upholding is the security of those who hold power to maintain that power. Meanwhile life for ordinary people has become far more insecure – the struggle for jobs, housing, health care and a decent life is all around us.

Stop the Spies is a coalition of peace groups, civil libertarians, tech libertarians, and social justice activists. The campaign is mobilizing people around these three demands:
• Abolish the GCSB
• Abolish the NZ Security Intelligence Service
• NZ out of the Five Eyes Intelligence Agreement.

Instead of the Government’s ‘review of Intelligence and Security,’ we want to open up the real possibility of closing these agencies down forever. We are not fighting to reform these agencies because we do not believe that it is possible for there to be any meaningful oversight of what are inherently secretive, politically-motivated agencies that exist to interfere with people’s lives.

By definition these agencies are political in their work – the security that they are charged with upholding is the security of those who hold power to maintain that power. Meanwhile life for ordinary people has become far more insecure – the struggle for jobs, housing, health care and a decent life is all around us.

Join us and let’s STOP THE SPIES!

If your group / organisation supports the three demands and would like to join the coalition, please email us: stopthespies@riseup.net

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  1. I just posted this to the Loomio forum of the Internet party but you might be interested. It seems to be a clear breach of the GCSB Act 2003.

    Una Jagose made this statement on The Nation referring to the use of Cortex.
    “But the analyst can see the content if they want to?
    Yes.”

    There is a full transcript in the link at the bottom. This does appear to be a clear breach of the the law. Namely section 14(1) of the ACT;

    “……….the Bureau must not authorise or do anything for the purpose of intercepting the private communications of a person who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand…………..”

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/youll-be-notified-if-cortex-being-used-screen-your-communications-gcsb-head-179620

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