November 12, 2019
Police apologise for bombing credit rating
A blogger whose credit rating was trashed by secretive police inquiries believes he was caught up in a wave of abuse by police and intelligence service drunk on new surveillance powers.
Police have apologised to Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury for telling them he was a criminal hacker as a way to get them to turn over his financial records without getting a search warrant.
The police were trying to find out the identity of the hacker Rawshark, who had stolen emails from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
Mr Bradbury, who is a Waatea News contributor, only found out what the police had done when he asked the Banking Ombudsman to find out whey every bank and finance institution was rejecting his loan applications.
He believes during that period police and intelligence agencies were going rogue, spying on not just him but iwi and environmentalists opposing oil drilling, the Mana and Green parties and investigative journalists Nicky Hager and John Stephenson
Despite now costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars a year, those agencies were unable to detect a white supremacist plotting an act of terror in Christchurch.
"Events have overtaken the threat threshold that the intelligence apparatus sets for itself and there are some hard questions goin on there now, well who do you think are the enemy? Because Maori didn't commit an atrocity. Greenpeace didn't commit an atrocity. None of these organisations committed anything, and yet they are the ones that are being spied on and having their civil rights illegally breached," Mr Bradbury says.
Even though the police have apologised to him, he wants the Human Rights Tribunal to rule against their attempt to have a secret trial against him with secret evidence.
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