Sunday, 20 March 2016

Police destroy Nicky Hager's seized material in a darkened room

This is absolutely SURREAL!

Having refused to have the return of Nicky Hager’s stolen material witnessed by media this was the police response. One has to wonder if the idea came from John Key himself.

"Nicky Hager’s attention is turning towards Westpac Bank’s handing over of his bank records after watching police smash 213 times a hard drive containing his material. "

Nicky Hager's cloned data destroyed by police

18 March, 2016

Nicky Hager has emerged from the High Court at Auckland clutching smashed clones of his hard drive and memory card seized during an "unlawful" search.

The hard drive and memory card contain files made by detectives during a raid in 2014.
The destroyed drive and card along with computer equipment which has been kept under seal at the High Court since the raid has been returned to Hager.
Photo / Dean PurcellPhoto / Dean Purcell
The return of the equipment brings to a close the police attempt to track the hacker Rawshark through Hager.
It was Rawshark who provided damning content from the email and social media accounts of blogger Cameron Slater which was then used in Hager's book Dirty Politics.

In December, Justice Denis Clifford ruled against the way police went about obtaining the search warrant used to search the journalist's home.
The judgment found detectives sought the search warrant with little more than a "hope" they would find useful information.
Hager described the "surreal" scene in which a police clone of his hard drive was destroyed.
"We went down to the basement of the high court building here into this narrow room without lights on and the police held torches around while one of the detectives destroyed the material of which they had copied from the house.
"The detective took an orange-handled hammer and he hit the hard drive 213 times, and then he took bolt cutters and put holes in it.
"I am obviously pleased about this as this is my work, this is my future projects, this is my livelihood... Now they'll never be able to have it."
Hager said this was the final stage of the court case which had stemmed from the raid in 2014.
"This has been a long 17 months, and I'm eternally grateful to my lawyers and I'm very grateful to the people from the media and elsewhere who were my witnesses.
"There are also hundreds of New Zealanders who have money towards the case because it cost a tremendous amount for this, and i hope they are joining in the sense of triumph today.
"We'll be walking off with it untouched, in our hands, safe forever."
Watching the copies of his equipment being destroyed, Hager said he felt he was "watching history going on".
"With each blow of that hammer, it was hitting home that the positives of this court case are they're now better protections, better legal protections for the media."
"I'm still gob smacked that police thought it was reasonable to arrive like Rambo and spend 11 hours doing over my house where they found nothing they wanted for their research.
"It was completely and utterly over the top."
Hager said he hoped the court case would ensure people weren't afraid to share information with the media.
He is confident there will not be a repeat of the experience he has gone through.
"I strongly believe that there will be no Rambo police raids into anyone like me or other parts of the media for a long time now, they've learnt their lesson.
"They've lost comprehensively, and they'd have to be fools to do it again."
In October 2014, while Hager was in Auckland, police arrived at his house with a search warrant, meeting his daughter at the door.
They spoke to Hager by phone, who said there was nothing to identify Rawshark in the house but he was concerned about other confidential source information he held.
In the High Court challenge to the search warrant, Hager said he was able to claim journalistic privilege under the Evidence Act, and a breach of the Bill of Rights.
It was also claimed the warrant was too broad.
The saga is not quite yet over for Hager, who said he expects to return to court for further issues with police behaviour.
"We've got a few things where we think the police were tricky while they were in the house... We've got more things to come, so the court case is not over... Where they went through my bank accounts and other kinds of data."

Herald bashing of Andrew Little is extraordinary in week PM lies about Jihadi Brides & Police smash Hager’s property

Martyn Bradbury

18 March, 2016

So what would you expect to be the main story of the week that the Political Editor and Editorial of the largest newspaper in NZ focus on?
Surely the admission this week that the PM lied about ‘Jihadi Brides’ would be a contender right? Here the PM has been caught out purposely pretending these ‘Jihadi Brides’ were in NZ when in fact they actually lived in Australia – that would be the big story of the week right? Especially in light of how Key has used these supposed threats as the excuse to give the GCSB and SIS even MORE power.
But Audrey Young and the NZ Herald editorial didn’t focus on that story.
How about the fact the Police were forced to destroy and hand back Nicky Hager’s information they had seized illegally in a botched up raid on his house after he embarrassed the Government of the day? That’s a huge story that cuts to the very heart of the Fourth Estate being able to hold the powerful to account, that would be the big story right?
Wrong again. To my horror, they have decided to launch full scale attacks on Andrew Little for the racism nonsense and his desire to put the boot into the banks.

Threaten the lazy immigration that is keeping Auckland’s property bubble up and attack the banks who are fuelling it, and the Herald like a snarling attack dog leaps and mauls any politician who dares threaten the money that keeps them afloat.
The Herald is a compromised right wing rag there to protect the elites and attack anyone who threatens those elites.
Friends don’t let friends read the NZ Herald.

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