August 01, 2013
Phone taps old news for activists
Mana leader Hone Harawira says revelations of spying on journalists and on internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom are highlighting the sort of surveillance Māori and social activists have endured for years.
Mr Harawira says the bill expanding the powers of the GCSB means all New Zealanders can by spied on by their government, or even foreign governments who the agency shares information with.
He’s sure spy agencies have tapped not only his phone but the phones of other activists including Mana president Annette Sykes and vice president John Minto.
"The difference between us and people like Andrea Vance and Kim Dotcom is we don’t have a lot of the public support to push these things and make them open. Andrea Vance however, just by being a straight Pakeha journalist, has found herself at the centre of this and I’m glad she has, I’m glad she is scared about it because this sort of thing has been going on for a while," Mr Harawira says.
He says Kim Dotcom’s well-funded counter-attack to being spied on has flushed out a lot of valuable information about abuse by New Zealand’s security agencies.
He pire tirotiro
Ko te tikanga ō te pire pāremata mō te GCSB, hai whakawhānui i te mana ō ngā rōpū pūrahorua ō Aotearoa, ki te āta titiro ki ngā mahi ā te motu katoa.
Koia te kōrero ā Hone Harawira rangatira ō te rōpū Mana, mē tana kī, ka nui tana mataku ki ngā pānga e taka mai ai ki runga i ā tātou, mehemea ki te whakaaetia taua pire.
Hai tā Harawira anō, ko tana īnoi kia kaha tātou ki te whakahee i ērā momo kaupapa e takahi ai ngā motika ō te tangata.
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