Urgent surveillance law 'offensive' - Greens
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 3:27p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
The urgent bill put forward by National which aims to reinstate secret police spying is “offensive and unnecessary to the rule of law and proper Parliamentary process”, the Green Party says.
The party’s human rights spokesperson Keith Locke wrote a letter to Attorney-General Chris Finlayson today advising him that the Green Party will not be supporting the bill, even if there is a rushed select committee process.
Mr Locke says the bill gives the police too much power when executing search warrants of properties.
“Rushing through a law which gives any state agency a blank cheque to implement covert surveillance of private premises is irresponsible,” he says.
The Green Party told Mr Finlayson that they will not be supporting the Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill for the following reasons:
“The Video Camera Surveillance Bill gives police carte blanche to use covert video surveillance when implementing their search powers,” Mr Locke says.
“After studying the draft legislation it appears that other state agencies will be given these unrestrained video surveillance powers.
“This goes against Section 21 of the Bill of Rights Act, prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure, including unreasonable surveillance by state agencies,” he says.
The Labour Party and ACT have given their support of the bill but only if it is referred to a special select committee first.
United Future is happy to support the passage of the bill as it is under urgency but the Maori and Mana parties are against the bill altogether.
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23/09/2011 4:32:43 p.m.
the more i hear about united future the more i conclude they're just a less competent national.
... the greens annoy me. they (or at least their members) keep putting forth moronic bills that i cannot in any way support... and then being the only voice of reason in the face of the utter abuse of the general public perpetrated by the larger parties.
i mean, how do you vote when pretty much every option is either the complete anti-thesis of your ideals, incapable of getting anything done, or just downright dangerous to the continued function of the nation?
do we have a functional pirate party yet? need to look into those guys...
it'd be nice to have an option that wasn't trying to undermine our freedoms or crash our economy and actually had a hope of success.
23/09/2011 10:43:00 a.m.
What is offensive is the Green attitude to the potential offences being devised and practiced in the bush by these dangerous racial dickheads. Only the people with something to hide, need fear police action-- surely! Some damned inefective Politicians,-nonproductive bludgers on our society, some even nonelected!
22/09/2011 8:56:24 p.m.
For once I find myself in agreement with the Greens. The police have behaved deplorably. They deliberately and knowingly broke the law. Not unnaturally they have been criticised by the courts, and the evidence illegally gathered struck out. A pity, since a number of terrorists will now walk free. But the government reaction should have been to strongly remind the police that they are not above the law - something which they seem to have forgotten. Instead the government wants to reward the lawbreakers by permitting them to get away with even more. That is entirely contrary to the rule of law. And as the Greens say, that is offensive.
22/09/2011 6:56:42 p.m.
Funny, I find the Green party offensive and unnecessary. And hopefully, after this year's referundum, irrelevant.
22/09/2011 6:56:25 p.m.
22/09/2011 5:54:22 p.m.
It is refreshing to see someone talking sense on this. Mr Key has a penchant for surrounding himself with bodyguards, for having peaceful protesters arrested, and for attempting to interfere with the due processes of law by attempting to change legislation when the law makes a decision that does not please him - in the spy-satellite case and now in the Urewera case. In short, Mr Key is a dangerous man to have in charge of a democracy. Bring the troops home from Afghanistan so that we are not a terror target, send the bodyguards and troops to help clean up Christchurch and let's all get on with enjoying life instead of all this "terror and increased surveillance" nonsense.
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