Police spying inquiry not needed

Oh Yeah, tell that to the people who’s privacy was intruded upon. I think a major investigation is called for.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad has said he does not believe an inquiry is needed into allegations police have been spying on peaceful protest groups.

Mr Broad today met Police Minister Judith Collins who is deciding whether to launch an inquiry after a report in the Sunday Star Times claimed protesters’ personal information was being passed to police.

The Special Investigation Group, set up in 2004 to focus on terrorism threats to national security, has been reportedly paying informants to spy on groups such as Greenpeace, animal rights and climate change campaigners and Iraq war protesters.

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