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Old 03-15-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Govt internet filter going live is sad day for NZ

Originally Posted by Tech Liberty

The Department of Internal Affairs has admitted that the internet filter is now operational and is already being used by ISPs Maxnet and Watchdog. It appears that Maxnet have not told their customers that they are diverting some of their internet traffic to the government system to be filtered.

Thomas Beagle, spokesperson for Tech Liberty, “We’re very disappointed that the filter is now running, it’s a sad day for the New Zealand internet.”

The DIA refuses to say which other ISPs will be joining the filter, claiming the right to negotiate in secret. Tech Liberty understands that Telstra Clear, Telecom and Vodafone have said they will implement the filter, with Orcon, Slingshot and Natcom saying that they won’t.

David Zanetti, technical spokesperson for Tech Liberty, “We fear that the filter will reduce the stability of the internet in New Zealand. It is a single point of failure, introduces a new and very tempting target for hackers, and by diverting traffic will cause issues with modern internet applications.”

Tech Liberty is concerned about the expansion of government powers represented by the filter. It establishes the principle that the government can choose to arbitrarily set up a new censorship scheme and choose which material to block, with no reference to existing law. Even worse, the list of what is filtered is kept secret, in direct contrast to the rest of New Zealand’s censorship regime where the Chief Censor must publish decisions banning offensive material.

The US government has recently spoken out against government filtering of the internet, with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton saying that “Those who disrupt the free flow of information in our society, or any other, pose a threat to our economy, our government and our civil society.” She then said that the US is committed to helping people to circumvent government internet filtering.

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While the moral of it is stopping the porn namely child (which yes I agree) at the end of the day it is the first step to full censorship... then add in the new police powers, and a few laws that went in under the radar, and few more that will go un-noticed and hey presto a police state which is exactly where the Illuminati want us to be...

Now add in people are already warming to the idea of have a chip "One in four Germans wants microchip under skin" people are not seeing the whole picture and only looking at the single issues...

Right where did I leave my light sabre

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Old 03-18-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Greens outraged by spy agency's changed role

Originally Posted by NZPA
The Green Party says it is an outrage that one of the country's spy agencies has changed its name and is going to have a new domestic security role, without Parliament even being told about it.

The Government's External Assessments Bureau has changed its name to the National Assessments Bureau and will in future be involved in security for major events like the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

It has previously assessed foreign threats to New Zealand's security but it has taken on a domestic focus as well after a review of the effectiveness of all three security intelligence agencies -- the other two are the SIS and the GCSB.

The review was carried out by former secretary for foreign affairs Simon Murdoch, TV One reported last night. It could not obtain a copy of his report.

The bureau has a staff of 30, a budget of $3.5 million and is based in the Reserve Bank building in Wellington.

The Green's foreign affairs spokesman, Keith Locke, said there should have been consultation.

"The External Assessments Bureau has been dedicated to foreign country assessments, and now the Government is transforming it into a domestic spy agency," he said.

"There has been no demonstration of why the two existing intelligence agencies concerned with domestic intelligence, the police and the Security Intelligence Service, are not covering the field adequately."

Prime Minister John Key confirmed the bureau's changed role.

"Of course we would engage our intelligence agencies to make sure that we can provide the appropriate level of protection for New Zealanders and international visitors who come for the Rugby World Cup," he said.

"In that regard it is a national assessments bureau as opposed to purely external."
I can garantee that it won't change back after the world cup... They are slowly but surely trying to change us to a police state... yet I tell my friends this and they simply don't see it...

As with above add in a few more laws, combine with the ones that were past through ie; new police search powers etc... for those that don't know they don't need a warrent, they only have to suspect you of being a terrorist to search and detain you...

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