Protests are planned against the GCSB bill next Saturday, as per Stop the GCSB Bill on Facebook:
This group opposes the GCSB and TICS Bills currently going through parliament that would broaden the intelligence gathering powers of New Zealand Spy agencies, legitimizing and extending the capacity for the government to intercept communications and collect metadata.
And a public meeting is being held on Thursday: as per the Daily Blog – Coalition to Stop the GCSB Bill – Urgent Public Meeting with Kim Dotcom, Dr Rodney Harrison & Thomas Beagle
COALITION TO STOP THE GCSB BILL – URGENT PUBLIC MEETING:
This Thursday 25th July, 7pm at Mt Albert War Memorial Hal
I support putting pressure on the Government to address deficiencies in the current version of the bill. But I have some concerns about this protest campaign.
I asked who was in the coalition:
But this was deleted by Daily Blog moderation.
And on their Facebook page I asked:
What if the Government addresses the major concerns in the bill? They have already indicated they will make some changes.
What if a modified bill makes improvements on what we currently have? With a promise of regular reviews? Wouldn’t that be better than stopping the bill?
Martin Bradbury responded there by attacking me:
But other than him (Bradbury is known to be a paid promoter of the Mana Party as well as running the Daily Blog) I don’t know who is involved in organising the Saturday protests or who is organising the Thursday “Urgent Meeting”.
It is highly ironic that a campaign against a secret spy agency appears to be cloaked in secrecy about who is involved in promoting and organising the protests.
If this protest wants to have any credibility then it needs to be open about who is involved.