Missing in Action

Where has the ACT Party been on the latest furore over police spying? This ought to be right up the alley of any party of real libertarians- that is, unless they’re libertarians fronting for the neoconservative “borrow and spend” policies of the U.S. Republican Party, as Russel suggests.

The SIG has its hands in even more pies than we had expected. This story isn’t going away, and now would be the time for National’s support parties to show they really are its conscience and to make it clear that this needs to go to an independent inquiry. It is simply unacceptable in any democratic nation that the police spy on the day-to-day activities of peaceful groups like the Green Party and Unite, let alone activist groups like Greenpeace or Save Happy Valley.

update: No Right Turn is saying that it’s a whole raft of unions that have been spied on, not just Unite. Apparently I should fact-check better 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Missing in Action

  1. Ari,

    You better be careful who you talk to. They might just be a police informer.

    Strategic master stroke by the police to unmask one informer. Means all renegade group members will be navel gazing at each other, each thinking the other is a police informer.

    Are you sure you can trust the person you are discussing anarchy concepts with to be of suitably fervent. Or are they a police informer and will your house be raided in the morning?

  2. Me paranoid? Will have to be carful what I say at tne enxt cosmopolitan club meeting.

    And that SWAT training we do? Same facilites are used by police so they no doubt have me figured and noted somewhere as a person of “value”.

  3. That link to “borrow & spend was very informative. If any of our members has the skills & data access to condiuct a similar analysis for NZ it could provide valuable ammunition to our caucus.

  4. Personally, I can identify the gang with the most potential to cause mayhem with guns: they’re the Police Gun Club team, practicing regularly at Kaitoke Rifle Range, and some of these serving AOS officers have even been to the Beijing Olympics. They’re quite good marksmen, apparently.

    Oh, but other sporting individuals with guns must be terrorists, just not the Police? Yeah, Right!

  5. Me paranoid? Will have to be carful what I say at tne enxt cosmopolitan club meeting.

    And that SWAT training we do? Same facilites are used by police so they no doubt have me figured and noted somewhere as a person of “value”.

    No, that was a general “you”, not aimed at anyone at particular. Imagine I had said: “Just because one is paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get one.” 😛

    I’m pointing out that just because something sounds like a conspiracy theory doesn’t mean that the facts don’t justify it.

    That link to “borrow & spend was very informative. If any of our members has the skills & data access to condiuct a similar analysis for NZ it could provide valuable ammunition to our caucus.

    It’s a great paper with good evidence on the general pan-left view of what neoconservative parties do with the economy: they like to make it “trickle up”, if you will, by borrowing for tax cuts instead of investing in underfunded areas of society. There are very few low-spending governments left, (even if you don’t agree that tax cuts are spending, they have all the same effects as spending- including the importance of targetting them where they will be best utilised. In a recession, that would be local businesses that don’t export profits and struggling households, and the infrastructure that supports them) and we just voted out the party that actually managed to preside over two terms of low-spending that paid off debt and balanced our economy a little bit more in the long term. Even Bill English acknowledges it now.

    I think this is one of the real shifts of perception we need to make if we’re to upset the National government before its next term: that they’re irresponsible with the government’s finances and more concerned with who gets the largest slice than with cooking a better pie.

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