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Search and Surveilance Bill – 2010

11 October, 2010

Annette King, MP for Rongotai, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Hello Ms King:

Voting ‘No’ on the Search and Surveillance Bill will help preserve what we have achieved and what we have left of a centuries long commitment to privacy, civil and human rights in western style democracies.  The increased police and police style powers for other agencies in this bill must be stopped and include:

-video surveillance on/in private property

-police power to search without warrants

-extension of the use of tracking devices

-extension of police powers to 70 other government agencies

-erosion of the right to silence

The changes to the bill brought back from committee are small and will still include the ability to harass those involved in civil disobedience, one of the most important freedoms in a democracy.  More generally, as the knowledge of these intrusive powers quietly sinks in, there would likely be a gradual shrinking in openness and creativity which many have prized.

It is important to understand the pernicious influence of the culture of fear arising from 9/11 2001 in the USA and cultivated by the aspects of our culture which tend toward fascist control.  These means of control are already in place and growing in other English speaking countries which makes it easier to slip them in here.  That is not the kind of country I want to live in.

You must vote ‘No’.

Sincerely, Richard Keller

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