Stop the Spies expose GCSB propaganda

“Members of the Stop the Spies coalition exposed the full-on propaganda exercise being waged by the GCSB at a speech by director Una Jagose. The agency’s public relations campaign is a desperate bid to cover up their horrifying activities on behalf of the US and UK. Director Una Jagose cancelled her talk to the gathering when faced with the prospect of giving it in front of a banner that provided some truthful context to the GCSB’s work,” said StS member Valerie Morse.

Demonstrators holding up a banner "This is a Five Eyes propaganda exercise. GCSB the real security threat."

“The GCSB are an agency intimately involved in supplying intelligence to the US/UK illegal drone wars in Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. They are involved in global mass surveillance. This is an agency with no legitimate purpose in a decent society.”

“For years, the GCSB has tried to carry out its activities in secret. Now that its activities have been exposed – through the Snowden documents, the Dotcom case and Kitteridge report – the agency is trying to win hearts and minds through stage-managed PR spin. Meanwhile they are not prepared to answer the real questions about their activities.”

“Just this week, the GCSB’s sister agency in the UK admitted directing drone strikes on UK citizens in Syria. The GCSB is complicit in war crimes.”

“It is also appalling that the Privacy Commissioner hosted Jagose’s talk today. The Commissioner should be demanding accountability by the GCSB for illegal spying on 88 New Zealanders and the global violations of people’s privacy they are doing every single day. Instead he is busy defending the GCSB. The Privacy Commissioner needs to be taken to task for providing a forum for the GCSB’s lies and subterfuge.”

Surveillance Film Festival

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Like movies? Interested in the topics of surveillance and spying?

Stop the Spies is organising a film festival showing documentaries and dramas with a surveillance theme.

Date: Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th of December

Venue: Thistle Hall and Light House Cinema Cuba

More details, and the all important schedule, to follow.

Dunedin: Get Smart – The People’s Review of the Intelligence Services

The Government’s review of the intelligence agencies is widely seen as hobbled before it even begins, but it does provide us with the impetus to review the intelligence agencies ourselves. Come along to have your say about what should happy to the GCSB, the SIS and New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes spy network!

The Dunedin Free University has organised an event for Tuesday 11th August, 6pm at the lower level of the Dunedin Civic Centre (fringe office space).

Please come along and have your say!

Poster (pdf).

 

Get Smart – The People’s Review of the Intelligence Agencies

The Government’s review of the intelligence agencies is widely seen as hobbled before it even begins, but it does provide us with the impetus to review the intelligence agencies ourselves. Come along to have your say about what should happen to the GCSB, the SIS, and New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes spy network.

Wellington

29th July, 6pm, St John’s Hall, cnr Willis & Dixon

Speakers

Thomas Beagle – NZ Council for Civil Liberties

Nicky Hager – Author & investigative journalist

Ann Thorby – OASIS

You – everyone gets a chance to speak

Auckland

6th August, 6pm, Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road.

Speakers

Thomas Beagle – NZ Council for Civil Liberties

Maire Leadbeater – Author of Peace, Power & Politics

To be confirmed

You – everyone gets a chance to speak

Get Smart event poster

Protest the Wellington Spy Conference

STOP THE SPIES | WELLINGTON ACTION
Invitation to join us and Stop the Spies!
5:30pm, Wednesday 15 July 2015
Outside the Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston St, Wellington

The Stop the Spies coalition invites you to join us outside an annual gathering of New Zealand’s spies. Numerous spies are in town on Wednesday and their one day conference culminates with a dinner at 6pm, the guest speaker is the Minister for Intelligence Chris Finlayson.

This will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the spying industry and also to let the spies inside know that they are not welcome.

Please bring friends (and banners if you have them). BYO tinfoil.

The 2015 Intelligence Review

The world is awake to the global spying network operated by the Five Eyes of the US, UK, Australia, NZ and Canada thanks to the work of Edward Snowden and fallout of the Kim Dotcom affair. In 2013 when the NZ state passed its controversial new Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) Act, massive public protests erupted. As a result the government added in a ‘review’ of the intelligence agencies (the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the GCSB). The terms for the review are very narrow – they will not investigate any of the revelations of global spying or human rights abuses, and most importantly, they won’t consider whether or not New Zealand even needs these agencies. The Dominion Post has said the review is “hobbled before it begins” because the two reviewers are consummate insiders: former deputy prime minister Michael Cullen and government lawyer Patsy Reddy. Neither have any experience in intelligence or human rights, but both have long lucrative careers inside government. The Post said they are, “not equipped for the task.”

We know that these agencies have been involved in committing human rights abuses and violating international law. We know that the government has lied to us about the extent of the surveillance being conducted. New Zealand has been supplying information to the US that is subsequently used in drone assassinations. These agencies have been spying on our friends and neighbours in the Pacific on behalf of the US. We also know that the Government Communications Bureau has been providing intelligence to the Bangladesh Security Service, an agency that has carried out well-documented torture on political activists. We are disgusted by the use of the so-called ‘intelligence’ services for these purposes. We want to see an end to this kind of work, and a transfer of some minor functions of the SIS/GCSB to other agencies. We also want to see New Zealand leave the Five Eyes.

Link to the Intelligence Review public consultation page

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