Submissions are open now - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 28th, 2011
12:25 pm - Submissions are open now
They have opened submissions on the Video Surveillance Bill. They have generously given us until midnight tonight to make our submissions - yep, a whole 12 hours! So get to it.
"I unequivocally oppose the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill.
I have three main reasons for opposing the Bill:
1. There already exists a mechanism by which a court may admit video footage covertly obtained without a warrant by discretion of the court in cases deemed sufficiently serious. This Bill is unnecessary.
2. Permitting police to covertly install video surveillance equipment on private property without a warrant is in breach of the Bill of Rights Act 1990 Part 2 Section 21: "Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure, whether of the person, property, or correspondence or otherwise." The Bill constitutes a fundamental undermining of human rights in New Zealand.
3. Retrospectively making legal an illegal act already committed by police in order to influence the outcome of existing court cases undermines the power of the judiciary and places that power with the legislature. This goes against the fundamental principle of distributed power on which our government is founded, and makes a mockery of our justice system.
I cannot repeat more strongly: this Bill should not be passed in its current form. The use of urgency to read this Bill and the limited time allowed for submissions is unconcsionable and should be reprimanded."