More spying in the future, drones over te Urewera?

Heather Brooke Two weekends ago at the V Festival, revellers were surprised to see a remote-controlled surveillance drone flying and filming overhead. Little to nothing was known beforehand about the drone’s use, and news reports after the fact shed little light on why or how its use was approved. I put in a Freedom of […]

Police “Terror” Boss Has History Of Activist Harassment – Nicky Hager

By Joseph BarrattThe anti-terrorism unit commanded by Assistant Police Commissioner Jon White which led last week’s so-called “terror raids” around the country – arresting 17 political activists – has a history of harassing and imprisoning protestors engaged in legitimate political protest, according to noted author and investigator Nicky Hager. Hager is author of the acclaimed […]

Civil rights concerns over DNA

There are civil rights concerns over National’s plans to extend the use of DNA to catch criminals. The party has proposed DNA samples could be taken from anyone arrested for any crime which carries a prison sentence. Leader John Key says the samples and records would be destroyed in cases where charges are dropped or […]

Australia pushes further Web censorship

A bill introduced this week by Australia’s Parliament would give the Australian federal police the power to control which sites can and cannot be viewed by Australian Web surfers. Introduced on Thursday, the bill–titled the Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007–would empower the federal police to alter the “blacklist” of […]

USA 1984 has arrived

Big Brother USA: Surveillance Via “Tagging, Tracking, and Locating” The Militarization of U.S. Public Service Agencies by Laurel Federbush Global Research, September 3, 2007 According to the 2005 Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, “the terrorist enemy now considers the US homeland a preeminent part of the global theater of combat, and so must […]

Insurers demand sensitive files from doctors

By MARY JANE BOLAND – Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 2 September 2007Email a Friend | Printable View | Have Your SayRelated Links • Subscribe to Archivestuff • Have your say Advertisement AdvertisementInsurence companies are demanding access to patients’ confidential medical records in a move which has alarmed doctors and prompted privacy complaints. The new […]