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Petition – Apology for spying

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, March 21st, 2015 - 13 comments
Categories: activism, International, Spying - Tags: , , , , ,

Keith Locke has created a “Not in our name” petition:

Petitioning the governments of Japan, China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Pacific Island nations

We ask that you accept this apology from concerned New Zealanders for our government’s illegal spying on your nations’ electronic communications. It was done without our knowledge and damages friendly relations between our countries.

We are spying on diplomats and activists, not terrorists. It isn’t right, and although the government will never apologise for it, we the people can.

13 comments on “Petition – Apology for spying ”

  1. saveNZ 1

    Good on Keith!

  2. Clemgeopin 2

    A very good petition which every caring thinking person should sign.

    We should endevour to make New Zealand a clean, green, fair, decent, peaceful, independent, exemplary and respected nation on Earth.

    Can we do it? Yes, if we the people and the government we elect put their mind to it.

    This is what the petition says:

    NOT IN OUR NAME spying petition. Please sign this petition to demonstrate that many New Zealanders are opposed to the Government Communications Security Bureau’s illegal spying on the communications of friendly governments in Asia and the Pacific. According to recent revelations from the Edward Snowden documents the GCSB is intercepting the phone calls, texts and emails of many nations, including Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and French Polynesia.

    This spying is illegal, contravening the Vienna convention which prohibits the interception of diplomatic communications. It is also an unacceptable intrusion into the privacy of both the governments and people of friendly nations in the Asia/Pacific. It is clear from the US National Security Agency documents, now made public, that the GCSB’s Waihopai spy station is engaged in a “full-take” collection of the phone and email communications passing through the targeted Pacific satellites. This information is then passed on in bulk to the NSA.

    Such GCSB spying is both objectionable and not in the political or economic interests of New Zealand. It seriously erodes New Zealand’s reputation as a peaceful, independent nation. We will communicate the results of this petitioning to the Asian and Pacific governments mentioned above.

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    I have already signed it and have passed the link to people I know. Take a stand.

  3. Murray Rawshark 3

    Signed. Key is scum but we can resist being turned into scum by him.

  4. katipo 4

    I see a few organisations and high profile folks in the US are trying to do something about this too. A lawsuit was filed a few days ago by the American Civil Liberties Union, Jimmy Wells (the founder of Wikipedia) and others challenging the NSAs use of international mass surveillance.

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/nsa-has-taken-over-internet-backbone-were-suing-get-it-back

    • Chooky 4.1

      +100 katipo …Thanks…great someone is doing something about this …

      Published on Jan 28, 2015
      A 36-year veteran of America’s Intelligence Community, William Binney resigned from his position as Director for Global Communications Intelligence (COMINT) at the National Security Agency (NSA) and blew the whistle, after discovering that his efforts to protect the privacy and security of Americans were being undermined by those above him in the chain of command.

  5. fisiani 5

    Sign a petition. Wow. That will really make a big difference NOT

    • McFlock 5.1

      More difference than you’ve ever made commenting here.

    • Clemgeopin 5.2

      The petition of apology is about the government initiated illegal whole sale electronic voyeurism of every person about everything they communicate.

      It is Not about specific surveillance of crims and baddies. Don’t you realise the big difference?

      The signing will make a difference better than doing absolutely nothing and leaving the governments unaccountable for their illegal, unfair and unethical methods.

  6. J Ryan 6

    I am god smacked that one could be so naïve. I mean they will laugh at you behind your back. Are you that removed from reality to assume that some of the countries mentioned do not spy on NZ and a host of other countries? Would you not believe that some of these countries nationals, now NZ citizens do not convey sensitive information back to their home countries? That’s how it is, wake up.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      That is how it is.

      What does that ever say about ethics or law? Most laws are a response to that grinding reality: we have criminals.

      In this case the crime is the deployment of military resources against the entire civilian population of Earth. As global human rights violations go it’s probably at the low end of the scale.

      That is how it is.

      So what? You think encryption algorithms are a secret?

    • Clemgeopin 6.2

      The petition of apology is about the government initiated illegal whole sale electronic voyeurism of every person about everything they communicate.

      It is Not about specific surveillance of crims and baddies. Don’t you realise the big difference?

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