Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Suzie Dawson is VINDICATED

GUEST BLOG: Suzie Dawson – Thompson & Clark
For 6 years I have been publicly naming Thompson & Clark Investigations Limited for having been involved in the political targeting of me for my activism and journalism.
Seemorerocks: Suzie Dawson, in exile in Moscow ...

19 December, 2018

For 6 years I have been publicly naming Thompson & Clark Investigations Limited for having been involved in the political targeting of me for my activism and journalism.

It’s now all over the NZ mainstream press that they were in fact targeting activists, political parties, and others involved in many of the causes I was actively participating in and covering. And that multiple government departments and the NZ police were neck deep in it.
Despite this, not one single member of the mainstream media has reached out to apologise to me for ignoring my myriad reports/outreach since 2011 about what was being done to me all these years, or to find out what further information/evidence I have or to interview me about it.
Everyone from David Farrar who wrote smear pieces about me on Kiwiblog suggesting that I was just mentally ill/paranoid to the countless people who put what I was saying in the “too scary” or “too strange” box, I have now been nearly fully vindicated (revelations of the extent of the American agencies involvement are still yet to come) and I hope those members of the media, the political class and the public who were so disdainful now have a hard look at yourselves and why you were so eager to disbelieve/skewer a solo mother and to reinforce a tyrannical establishment preying upon its own citizenry.

I would like to give a huge special thank you to my incredible media team, friends and family in NZ who stood by me from the outset and never wavered – you were a huge part of how I made it through this ordeal.
The irony is not lost on me that I work with the top whistleblowers, independent media and public speakers in the world, none of whom disbelieved me and all of whom have stood by me, while the NZ media and political class have cowered and hidden the truth for years.
To the predators who thought they could get away with what they were doing forever – it is you who are now feeling the fear, cowering in your boots and being looked upon with disdain and shame.
The tip of the iceberg of what you have done is now being exposed and there are still huge revelations about your crimes yet to come.
Karma is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Solidarity, love and truth = life.
Suzie Dawson
Leader of the Internet Party

Diary of a Person of Interest - by Kiwi journalist & FBI target Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D

Kiwi journalist and activist Suzie Dawson has been extensively targeted by Western intelligence agencies and their contractors. In the wake of several attempts on her life, she had to leave New Zealand to live in exile in Europe. In this unique documentary, Suzie discusses what it is really like to be a target of the Five Eyes; why she was targeted, who she was targeted by, how they targeted her, what their end game is and how to try to counter it.

UPDATE: Since making this documentary Suzie has become the first New Zealand journalist to apply for asylum in Russia.

NZ spy firm Thompson & Clark spied on politicians, activists and earthquake victims

When we moved to New Zealand we thought we are moving to one of the least corrupt countries. I can tell you from first hand experience that NZ is a wolf in sheeps clothing, totally corrupt. The amount of lawbreaking, lying, spying and coverups by the NZ Govt, simply shocking.

On top of the mass surveillance powers the GCSB, SIS and Police have been given, we now know State Agencies used corporate spies to circumvent the law. Explosive new allegations are that State Agencies used corporate spies to spy on the Greens, the MANA Movement, Greenpeace and Māori…

18 December, 2018

On top of the mass surveillance powers the GCSB, SIS and Police have been given, we now know State Agencies used corporate spies to circumvent the law. Explosive new allegations are that State Agencies used corporate spies to spy on the Greens, the MANA Movement, Greenpeace and Māori…
Damning report confirms Government agencies used private investigators for spying
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has issued a damning report into the use of private investigators by government agencies, calling the actions of some “an affront to democracy” and laying a complaint with police in one instance.
Hughes detailed a list of breaches of the State Service Code of Conduct, including potentially illegal recordings of insurance claimants, public sector employees accessing the New Zealand Transport Agency database for private investigation firm Thompson and Clark, paying for informants and spying on the Green Party and iwi.
Hughes today released his 80-page report into the use of external security consultants today. The inquiry was sparked by revelations of government agencies including Southern Response, MBIE, the SIS and Ministry for Primary Industries.
He took responsibility for what had occurred, as head of State Services. “I apologise unreservedly to those individuals whose privacy has been intruded on by state servants or their contractors.”
this is the first time we are now hearing State Agencies spied on the Greens, Greenpeace, the MANA Movement and Māori…
He was scathing in his criticism of government agencies’ actions against New Zealanders exercising their democratic rights through TCIL reporting on the activities of groups such as Greenpeace, the Green Party, the Mana Movement and some Northland East Coast and Taranaki iwi groups., which he said were treated as a “security threat”.

the enemy of the people is the State. Never forget that.
I predict these pieces of filth will get away with this, just like every State Agency gets away with it, we will now see just how controlled this Government is by their Ministries by the total inability to do anything.
The sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nu Zilind are always told that new spying powers are needed to stop terrorists or organised crime, but time and time and time again, the so called ‘enemy’ are environmentalists, social justice groups, Māori and the Greens.
What a surprise this scathing report of the State spying on the people is released a couple of weeks before Christmas. Seeing as we have light weight infotainment at 7pm instead of current affairs, this will quickly slip under the radar.
It is not until we get a radical political movement into power that we will be able to dismantle the Police State and see justice.

If you are not incandescent with rage, you’re not paying attention.
Fuck them. Fuck them all!

Security firm spied on politicians, activists and earthquake victims

18 December, 2018

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has laid a complaint with police about unlawful recordings of earthquake victims by spy firm Thompson & Clark.
It comes as an explosive report details a slew of damning revelations about how the controversial spy firm was used by government agencies.

Those include reporting and monitoring the Green and Mana parties, iwi and activists - and accessing the motor vehicle register. 

Hughes, who is head of the state services, has apologised "unreservedly to those individuals whose privacy has been intruded on by state servants or their contractors."

Doug Martin began an investigation into Southern Response Earthquake Services' use of security consultants, before the inquiry was broadened.

Doug Martin began an investigation into Southern Response Earthquake Services' use of security consultants, before the inquiry was broadened.
"I take responsibility for what has happened here. And I will fix it."
Among the findings are:

- that a Thompson & Clark employee recorded several closed meetings of Southern Response insurance claimants in Christchurch between 2014-2016. The contractor was not a licensed private investigator, which is potentially unlawful. The activity is the subject of Hughes' complaint to police
- Two Ministry of Primary Industries staff were also working for Thompson & Clark, and accessed New Zealand Transport Agency information on behalf of the security firm. They are now being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office
- MPI hired the firm to monitor animal rights activists, and spy on them at conferences in 2005 and 2006

- Crown Law hired investigators from another firm to dig up information to cross examine witnesses in a court case alleging abuse in state care - known as the "White case". The investigators may have used "low level surveillance"

- inappropriate email contact between a Security Intelligence Service staff and one of the firm's directors, which risked harming the reputation of the government spy agency

- unprofessional interactions between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Thompson & Clark investigators, working for the oil and gas industry, that "created at least a perception of conflict of interest"

- Thompson & Clark reported to government agencies on the activities of the Green and Mana parties, Taranaki and Northland iwi groups and Greenpeace, described as "an affront to democracy"

Overall, the inquiry has found a lack of professional distance between Thompson & Clark and public servants, and a lack of oversight or written contracts with the spy firm.

There was "system wide failings" across the public service, with staff developing "inappropriately close relationships" with the firm's staff.

And it was also critical of Thompson & Clark's behaviour - including using an unlicensed investigator and covertly attending public metings, recording meetings without consent.

The firm also approached public servants - who had access to sensitive official information - for secondary employment, accessed the motor vehicle register for "potentially improper purposes."

Simon Mount, QC, was brought in to assist the inquiry in June.

Simon Mount, QC, was brought in to assist the inquiry in June.
Hughes has also lodged a formal complaint with the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority and asked MBIE to remove Thompson & Clark from the Government procurement panel - a scheme that pre-approves companies for Government work.

Hughes said the inquiry stretched over a decade of Thompson & Clark activity on behalf of public agencies.

"I am disappointed that the inquiry has uncovered some shortcomings across the State Services," he said.

"While many of the events are historic, the Inquiry has found that seven government agencies have breached the Code of Conduct, including agencies that breached the Code with their use of private security consultants to undertake inappropriate surveillance."

Hughes said he was most concerned that the firm treated "issue motivated" groups as a security threat.

"I am very disappointed that government agencies did not challenge TCIL [Thompson & Clark] on that. It is an affront to democracy, and it is not consistent with how we should view democratic freedom."

Hughes said agencies could gather information to investigate fraud or tax evasion.

But he added: "I am very clear it is never acceptable for an agency to classify a person or group of people as a security threat just because they lawfully exercise their democratic rights, or to use that as justification for gathering information.
"Equally, it is never acceptable to gather information about people or groups for the sole purpose of managing reputational risk to an agency."

Of the surveillance of earthquake victims, Hughes it was "ill-judged and poorly managed." "It was not right and not the sort of behaviour New Zealands would expect of a contractor working for a government agency."

Hughes says he's issued new "model standards"  setting out expectations about how public service should gather information.

Thompson & Clark director Gavin Clark says his firm doesn't agree with some of the findings in the report.

"We have had the final report for less than 24 hours and will take some time to consider it in detail", he said in a written statement.

"There are some findings we do not agree with, as noted in the report, as they don't reflect the understanding that our industry and its Code operated to in years gone by. We will explain our disagreement with those findings to any future investigations that may result from this report.

The firm is undertaking its own internal review.

"We have worked with numerous government departments across three different Governments over 15 years.   We have always strived to operate within the law and the rules and regulations of our industry, he said.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes says spying on politicians and iwi was "an affront to democracy."

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes says spying on politicians and iwi was "an affront to democracy."
In March, the SSC launched an inquiry into Crown-owned company Southern Response's use Thompson & Clark, following media allegations it had spied on Canterbury earthquake victims.

But as further ties between the firm and other agencies emerged, the inquiry was widened to cover the entire state sector. 

That came after documents revealed Security Intelligence Service staff appeared to be helping Thompson & Clark find work.

Earlier this month, Stuff revealed Ministry of Primary Industries staff were emailing Thompson & Clark about Kiwi eco-warrior Pete Bethune.

Greenpeace boss Russel Norman said the report was a "Watergate moment" and accused the state of "assisting in systematic and oppressive Stasi-like surveillance."

" Heads must roll at MBIE. This rampant level of surveillance in a supposedly democratic society is simply unacceptable.

"What's more, opposition leader Simon Bridges was at the helm of two of the departments - NZTA and MBIE - that were involved in unlawful spying on civil society. He must answer a key question: Did he purposely use the state to attack democratic civil society groups and MPs, or did he just fail to exercise proper oversight over these agencies.

"This report shows that it doesn't matter if you're a state abuse survivor, an earthquake victim, or a climate activist. No-one has been safe from unlawful spying in New Zealand over the past decade, and it's all been supported by the state."

SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge said the agent caught emailing with Thompson & Clark was dealt with as "an employment matter" but didn't specify if they'd been sacked.

Green party co-leader Marama Davidson said the report should serve as a "wake-up call" for the public service and lead to a culture change.

"The culture of collusion undermines our precious democracy, and we are especially concerned at the targeting of communities defending and protecting their local environment."

Human rights advocates Amnesty said they were "appalled" by the report's findings. Policy manager Annaliese Johnston said: "We would expect the state to value people's freedom to advocate and mobilise on issues they care about, whether environmental, animal rights or historic cases of sexual abuse.

"That the state seems to have instead been using investigators to spy on their own citizens and treating them as threats is very troubling."

The report can be read HERE

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Rick Davis

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 to Davis
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Capital garners the gains, and labor's share continues eroding. That's the story of the 21st century.

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## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
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## Systemic breakdown/collapse/
unsustainability ##
The Big Picture (Richard Heinberg)

## Japan ##
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The fart spray is a nice added touch. -- RF