Posts Tagged ‘Waihopai’

Le Boom, Boom – Le Spy, Spy

September 6, 2008

Having recovered from the embarrassment of being caught blowing up the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior 1, and killing a crew member in the process, the French spy agencies are at it again.

Only this time, their own citizens are the target! On 1st July, the French government decreed a new spy database, called Edvige, be set up. The decree spells out that the aim of the database is:

to centralize and analyze data on people aged 13 or above who are active in politics or labour unions, who play a significant institutional, economic, social or religious role, or who are “likely to breach public order.”

Lovely! I’m sure NZ’s domestic SIS and GCSB spy agencies are salivating at the thought of a database network to spy on their own citizens. Oh wait, they already share one with the US, UK, Canada and Australia – it’s called Echelon, and includes the spy satellite dish at Waihopai (near Blenheim) that had it’s direction-obscuring balloon deflated (see also my earlier post) a little while back by Catholic Worker peace activists. I bet they made the database already!

Time to junk these Keystone Cops spys. Save NZ $80m a year. The French government should ditch their Edvige before it bites them too.

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Bursting the ‘national security’ balloon

May 1, 2008

Stunning and brilliant! That is how I would describe the brave actions of the 3 Anzac Ploughshares activists who cut and collapsed one of the two domes hiding a spy satellite dish at the Government Communications Security Beureau (GCSB) at Waihopai.

These activists embody their Ploughshares principles of putting their words into actions, beating swords into ploughshares. Hence the use of sickles – it is a reference to the biblical passage:

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation; and there shall be no more training for war. Isaiah 2:4

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