September 18, 2014
Spies need to be held to account
A candidates' debate in the the Waiariki electorate has heard first hand tales of spying on Maori.
Mana candidate Annette Sykes told the Te Wero debate that Kim Dotcom's Moment of Truth meeting in Auckland on Monday with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and investigative journalist Glen Greenwald laid down a tonu for the Prime Minister to explain why New Zealanders are being spied on.
"Tame Iti is in this audience. I can tell you as the lawyer in Opertion 8 that it's being used, this mechanism of mass data, metadata being taken away, analysed in little tin houses, sheds on the North Shore, since the spying occurred in the the Urewera 18 case, and it needs to be stopped and those people who are permitting it to occur unlawfully need to be brought to account," she says.
Tame Iti, who is standing on the Maori Party list, told the hui that Maori movements had been the subject of surveillance for decades, the attention went crazy leading up the the 2007 raids when he was arrested for alleged terrorism.
Te Wero will be broadcast on Radio Waatea and the iwi radio network this morning from 9am.
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