Report on the 2013 Protest
Film of the January 2012 protest in Blenheim and at the Waihopai spy base
CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW!
is New Zealand’s
biggest contribution to America’s
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
is directly involved in the mass killings of innocent civilians, including children.
does not operate in the interests
of NZ or our neighbours.
Waihopai is not
effectively accountable to Parliament or the people. It is exempt from key
provisions of the Privacy Act and Crimes Act.
To all intents and purposes, Waihopai
is a foreign spybase, working for, and providing raw
intelligence directly to, the US.
Waihopai intercepts and records
your international phone calls and e-mail.
Waihopai is a waste of
taxpayers’ money. In the 20 years since it was announced, at least $500 million has been spent on the agency which runs it.
What does Waihopai actually do?
intelligence gathering base is located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. First announced
in 1987, it 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 three satellite
interception dishes (two shielded by
giant domes) intercept a huge volume of satellite phone calls, including New
Zealanders’ international calls, plus telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer
data communications. It gathers this data from our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and
forwards it on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency.
Its targets include international communications involving New Zealanders. The
codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide. New Zealand is
an integral, albeit junior, part of a global spying network, one that is
ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments,
and certainly not to citizens.
How does Waihopai involve us
“Big Ears” cover a vast area of the Pacific. Although Iraq is on the other side of the world, the US
military/intelligence network that is waging that war is global and depends on
global facilities. In Afghanistan,
military is heavily dependent on electronic intelligence (and mistakes in that
intelligence have led to the deaths of innocent children, instead of the
intended “terrorist” targets). If New Zealanders disagree with US
policies and warmongering, then Waihopai
is located right here to monitor our own international e-mails and phone calls
and report directly to Big Brother at
our expense - because we pay for Waihopai with
millions of our tax dollars every year. The Bush Administration has pronounced Intelligence to be the key component of all the wars that it
is fighting, or planning to fight, throughout the world. Thus, much more so
than any token commitment of the SAS or a frigate, the Waihopai
spybase is New Zealand’s key
contribution to all these American wars.
- Waihopai does not operate in the national interests of New Zealand or
it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly
involves us in America’s
- Waihopai must be closed.
villagers mourn at the graves of children killed by
US forces as a result of faulty electronic intelligence
Box 2258, Christchurch
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