If this don’t beat all?
Two of Parliaments most radical MPs complaining that their past activities have been monitored by security services.
From today’s NZ Herald
The Security Intelligence Service has been spying on an MP’s private life and his communications with constituents, he says.
Green MP Keith Locke, a former peace activist, applied under the Privacy Act to have his top-secret security file released – revealing what he describes as distasteful intrusion into his personal life and unacceptable intrusion into the democratic process.
The declassified file showed that he had previously been covertly photographed, that the SIS had kept track of his private work with constituents and that he had been monitored in other ways as late as 2006.
He is demanding assurances that the monitoring will not continue, and calling for tighter Government control and public accountability for the so-called spooks. “Clearly the SIS has been operating without adequate government oversight,” he said.
I would be protesting if the SIS wasn’t monitoring Keith Locke and would be most disappointed if they didn’t continue to do so.
Locke has supported the Khmer Rouge conquest of Cambodia, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the the murderous communist insurrection in the Philippines. He has been great mates with the Australian Democratic Socialist Party who are buddies with the former East German communist party, the barbarous Cuban Communist Party and the ultra militant Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Locke supported the Urewera 17 “terrorists” in 2007 and the suicide bomber sympathising Students for Justice in Palestine in 2006.
Please view my Keith Locke files:
Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said such surveillance of Locke would be a “huge discredit” to the SIS.
“MPs are elected by the people. To have the secret service spying on them is hugely anti-democratic,” she said.
Why -are bent MPs, with all their influence and access to information somehow less of a security threat than ordinary citizens?
Fitzsimons and Maori Party MP Hone Harawira will both be requesting their SIS files.
Harawira said he had been subjected to SIS surveillance as a member of the protest movement, before entering Parliament, and had once spotted his file while in police custody – alleging that he had been involved in an arms deal on a boat in Whangaparaoa Harbour.
Hone Harawira, now a Maori Party MP, was once arrested and secured by plastic wrist ties to a scaffold with fellow protesters . But the protesters moved the scaffold to read their files while police were away. His contained allegations he had done an arms deal on a boat in Whangaparaoa Harbour.
Hone Harawira of course denies this allegation, but he also supported those arrested in the October 17 2007 anti “terror” raids, who were using illegal weapons.
My Hone Harawira files;
What do you think? Do these MPs warrant a little covert surveillance?
What about the more than 20 other serving MPs with former communist or far left backgrounds?