The Waihopai spybase was subjected to unprecedented public attention by the March 2010 trial and acquittal of the three Ploughshares peace activists who penetrated its high security in 2008 and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. The Anti-Bases Campaign was happy to support this non-violent direct action anti-war activity, from start to finish.
The public face of
First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated
by New Zealand’s Government
Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign
Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals
intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia
and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of
civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and
computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards
the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its
targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders,
including the interception of international phone calls. Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai
now spy further afield, to those regions where the
Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires.
How to find our camp at
This will be the first Waihopai spybase protest since the Domebusters’ acquittal on all charges arising from their courageous citizens’ deflation action.
Waihopai does not operate in the
interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours.
Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil
and directly involves us in