“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
For the last couple of years, our natural right for personal or individual privacy are slowly being curbs by governments who are themselves hiding something from the people. Privacy is a human right and governments around the world are either emulating or pressured by the most paranoid government in the world, the United States of America. No, I'm not talking about the American people, but I’m talking about the American government. Some people just can't distinguish the differences between the people and their government.
For the last couple years, we all know about Julian Assange and the Wikileaks exposing American military atrocities in Iraq (e.g., U.S. Apache helicopter shooting a group of Iraqi civilians and a journalist as if the shooter was playing a video game[video]). There was Bradley Manning who was convicted for leaking such atrocities and other government secrets. This year, we know about Edward Snowden who was treated by many as a traitor for informing the public that their government was listening to their phone calls and reading their e-mails. Of course, there are misinformation campaigns against these guys to discredit them and make them appear as government agents that deliberately leaked government materials.
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell
Of course, there are supporters of the GCSB amendment legislation who are blinded by their partisan politics. The "National" government and their supporters even pathetically argue with familiar line "nothing to hide" argument that government data mining and surveillance programs do not threaten privacy unless they uncover illegal activities, and that if they do uncover illegal activities, the person committing these activities does not have the right to keep them private. Hence, a person who favors this argument may state "I've got nothing to hide" and therefore does not express opposition to government data mining and surveillance. I'm sure if a "Labour" government does the same thing, those idiots are the first ones to oppose such amendment. Bunch HYPOCRITES! The same hypocrites who keep pointing out that the past "Labour" government created GCSB but Labour or National it doesn't matter who started it . . . what really matters are who abuses their power in using GCSB. I'm sure people will have the same reaction if Labour is in power and did the same thing as John Key.
Privacy is a natural right, a human right and it explicitly stated under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
It was a sad day for democracy in New Zealand when majority of the people doesn't even care that their government passed a law to spy on them. They say New Zealand got the largest sheep population in the world, 35 million to be specific and about 4 million of those are bunch of sheeples manipulated by the media and American wannabeism.