You are being Monitored . . .

by Patrick O'Brien

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Image: The Government is watching you.

— New Zealand Intelligence Community —

There are cameras on our streets; in buildings and public places; buses, taxis and trains. Watching, recording, and storing. Our private communications are collected, assessed, and stored; and there’s data-sharing of our personal information between Government agencies — despite solemn promises they never would — and, lest we forget, the undercover agents, spooks, spies and other assorted agent-provocateurs who have infiltrated our communities; watching, recording, always watching . . .

Hard at work, the New Zealand Intelligence Community:

The New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) is defined as the NZSIS, the GCSB, together with the National Assessments Bureau (NAB) and the Intelligence Co-ordination Group (ICG).

In addition, there are nine other intelligence entities within the police. Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, Financial Intelligence Unit, Strategic Intelligence Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, Identity Intelligence Unit, Threat Assessment Unit, Police Terrorism Investigation and Intelligence Group and the Special Investigation Group.

But, wait, there’s more . . . there are also four other intelligence entities: the Domestic and External Security Group (DESG) within DPMC; the NZ Directorate of Defence Intelligence and Security (DDIS) and the Joint Geospatial Support Facility (JGSF), both within Defence; and the National Maritime Co-ordination Centre (NMCC), within Customs.

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Worth noting — New Zealand has fewer people than a New York Borough.

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