Waihopai Spybase Protest

January 16-18, 2004

Press Release: Anti Bases Campaign


http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00006.htm

The public face of New Zealand's role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But New Zealand's most significant contribution to those wars, and any other American wars, is the Waihopai spybase.

Waihopai is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament) having little or no idea what goes on there (let alone any control).

The Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base is located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. First announced in 1987, it is operated by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes (shielded from public view by giant domes) intercept a huge volume of telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. The Waihopai does not operate in the national interests of New Zealand or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America's wars. Waihopai must be closed.

(See also: New Zealanders Demand Spy base Closure)

  • We invite people from around the country to join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We've hired portaloos, a marquee and a barbecue. We provide the food (note: we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $30 (or $15 unwaged) to cover costs. Absolutely no open fires.

     
  • How to find our camp. Take Highway 6 out of Blenheim (the Nelson road); just before Renwick, turn left onto to Highway 63 (the Nelson Lakes road). A few kms down that, turn left down the Waihopai Valley road (winery on corner). The spybase is about 10 kms up the valley (you can't miss it - 2 huge white domes). Our camp is about 1.5 kms past the base on the left. Look for the ABC camp sign.

We need people, money, and publicity.

I want to take part in the weekend of protest


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CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW!

Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand.
E-mail cafca@chch.planet.org.nz www.converge.org.nz/abc
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PUBLIC MEETING
NEW ZEALAND'S ROLE IN THE "WAR ON TERROR"
FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH, 7.30 P.M
NATIVITY CENTRE LOUNGE
Corner of Alfred & Henry Streets, Blenheim
SPEAKERS
a.. Murray Horton, Anti-Bases Campaign
a.. Keith Locke, Green MP
b.. John Craighead, Marlborough District Councillor

This public meeting kicks off a weekend of protest activity, both in Blenheim and out at the Waihopai spybase. We invite you to come along and hear our speakers talk about: what the Waihopai spybase does; why it is New Zealand's most important contribution to all of America's wars; the overall US/NZ military and intelligence relationship in the context of the "war on terror"; the repressive new laws that greatly erode our civil liberties; and the big picture of America's war mongering throughout the world.

And we invite you to join us at:

11.a.m Saturday January 17th, Seymour Square, Blenheim, for a rally
2.p.m Saturday January 17th, Waihopai spybase, Waihopai Valley Road, for information on the base and peaceful protest.

Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch, NZ.
E-mail cafca@chch.planet.org.nz  http://www.converge.org.nz/abc



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