Mana and single issue nutter protests against Waihopai and GCSB

Great timing.  In an international climate where non-Islam related lone gunmen are killing fellow countrymen and women, these nutbars want to turn our eyes and ears off so we’d be blind to any potential attacks.

Around 50 protesters marched through the streets of Blenheim today, demanding the Government shut down the Waihopai spy base.

The rally is an annual event, but protestors say New Zealanders are starting to listen.

The message was loud and clear. It was the same one the anti-Waihopai protestors have been repeating since the spy base opened in 1987.

Organiser Murray Horton believes that after 27 years it’s a message that’s finally getting through.

“Everybody knows about the Five Eyes alliance, which Waihopai is part of,” says Mr Horton. “Everybody knows about the National Security Agency.”

Organisers say thanks to WikiLeaks and other spying revelations, New Zealanders are more aware of what intelligence services are up to.

“The whole country knows about the GCSB, Waihopai and what it stands for,” says activist John Minto. “Three or four years ago people had no idea.”

The spy base has often been the subject of controversy. In 2008 three men were arrested for causing more than $1 million-worth of damage.

Today’s protest was more low-key. Police were on-guard and two protestors managed to breach the fence. Neither was arrested.

Mr Minto says he’s confident their message will now be heard by the Government.

“I think it’s inevitable that it’s going to close, and it’s going to close because there is mounting public concern about surveillance.”

He says they won’t stop until the Government shuts Waihopai down.

This is more or less Green Party, Internet Party and Mana Party policy, while at the same time Labour and NZ First have been extremely tentative about supporting anything to do with the GCSB, preferring to reduce its powers.

Although nobody has reported this as a Mana party protest, people present where clearly flying their colours.   Somehow, they have learned nothing from their election loss and are still trying to prepare New Zealand for a time when we have no eyes and ears and the first we would know about terrorist activity on our soil would be because it’s actually happening.

There are many people in politics I can respect for having a different solution to a particular problem, but to basically neuter our security services has to be as close to betraying your own country as you can possibly get.   How on earth can they justify this as being good for their neighbours?

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