(ed:..and that is no joke..the pork board..and a raft of other govt agencies..have been given powers that would have historic civil-rights activists grave-spinning..
..much as obama has done in america..key/this govt. has engaged in a wholesale exercise..
..in the multiplying of the powers of the state..(into 69 different govt depts..(!)..)
.(.suddenly i am a fan of ‘small-govt’..)
..and of stripping away most of the rights of citizens that protect them from the excesses of power of the state..
..(and dosen’t this whole dotcom clusterfuck just give you so much confidence in those ‘govt-departments’..eh..?..
..the spooks – and the other 68 govt-agencies..)
..and national is the party that election-campaigned/agit-proped against the ‘nanny-state’-ways of the last labour govt…
..i’ve asked it before..and i’ll ask it again..
..is there such a thing as tears of irony..?
..if so .. must be time to shed a river..eh..?..)
“..New police search and surveillance laws have come into effect overnight.
The Search and Surveillance Act, which was passed through Parliament in March, extends production and examination orders to the police – and legalises some forms of surveillance.
It will let more government agencies carry out surveillance operations -
- allows judges to determine whether journalists can protect their sources -
- and changes the right to silence…”
(ed:..and hasn’t the corporate-media been very quiet on this ripping away of one of their journalist-foundations/touchstones..?
..their right to protect sources..
..not a peep out of them..eh..?
..’first they came for the beneficiaries..and nobody said/did anything’..
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