ISC received People’s Review of the Intelligence Services


The People's Review of the intelligence services was presented by Stop the Spies to the ISC on 29 February. It was a 'blue sky' approach: nothing was off the table. It is apparent that people want fundamental change to the intelligence community

Tuesday, 1st March February 2016
Media Release: Stop the Spies

Prime Minister and Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) John Key and fellow members of ISC have been sent the People’s Review of the Intelligence Services today.

The People’s Review was commissioned by Stop the Spies, a coalition consisting of community and civil society groups across Aotearoa New Zealand.
In comparison with Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy’s Intelligence Review, the People’s Review is independent.

“Many people saw the Government’s review of the intelligence agencies as hobbled before it even began. A Dominion Post editorial even went as far as describing the two reviewers as ‘not fit for the task’,” says Stop the Spies member Thomas Beagle.

Unlike the government commissioned review, public meetings were held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and email submissions were also received. The People’s Review was successful in soliciting a wide range of views from ordinary people in New Zealand about the operations of the intelligence services.

The resulting People’s Review shows deeply seated concerns about NZ’s membership in the Five Eyes network and the legitimacy of the GCSB and SIS.
There was widespread distrust of the spy agencies. See the full People’s Review.

“The government needs to understand that people are not happy with the intelligence community. Fundamental change and a curtailing of the agencies’ activities are needed rather than the ineffectual reforms and law changes that are expected as a result of the flawed Cullen/Reddy review.”

The ISC will meet on 8 March 2016 to consider the reports and determine when they will be tabled in Parliament.

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