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Canadian Former Spy: NZ Speaking Tour, October

BIG BROTHER IS LISTENING


The Inside Story: How The US, UK, Canada, Australia & NZ Spy On The World

MIKE FROST
CANADIAN EX-SPY TO TOUR NZ, OCTOBER 2001

Mike Frost spent 34 years working as a spy, with the final two decades being with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the Canadian equivalent of the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which operates the Tangimoana and Waihopai spybases. CSE and GCSB are the Canadian and New Zealand agencies in the top secret UKUSA global electronic intelligence gathering agreement. The other parties are the US, UK, and Australia. Their most notorious project is codenamed Echelon - a global system of spybases intercepting civilian telecommunications satellites for “keywords” of interest to Big Brother, the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Since retiring, Mike Frost has written about and publicly spoken out against the blatant abuses of his former profession, and has become internationally well known in the process. His best seller book is “Spyworld” (1994, reissued 1998). He was seen on NZ TV in 2000, on 60 Minutes; he featured prominently in the groundbreaking 1999 Australian TV documentary about Echelon. In 2001, he has appeared on major US, European, Asian and Canadian TV news and current affairs programmes.

Frost will not speak about internal NZ issues at his public meetings (those will be covered by a New Zealand speaker, such as Nicky Hager, Keith Locke MP, or an Anti-Bases Campaign representative). But he will give an invaluable insider’s global perspective on subjects such as the abuses of international electronic spying.

His visit is extremely timely, what with the Government push to extend the powers of the GCSB, the Security Intelligence Service and the Police to spy on domestic e-mail and all other forms of electronic communication within NZ (the controversial Swain Bill and the GCSB Bill).

If you would like a short biography of Mike Frost, and our review of his book “Spyworld”, please contact the Anti-Bases Campaign at: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz

VENUES

Christchurch. Tuesday October 16, 7.30 p.m. Community Law Centre, 281 Madras Street. Opening speaker: Bob Leonard, Anti-Bases Campaign. Contact Murray Horton, ph/fax (03) 3663988. E-mail: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz

Blenheim. Wednesday October 17, 8 p.m. Wesley Lounge, Wesley Centre, Henry Street. Opening speaker: Bob Leonard, ABC. Contact Evin Wood, ph/fax (03) 5782259. E-mail: ewood@mlb.planet.gen.nz

Nelson. Thursday October 18, 8 p.m. St Johns Hall, 320 Hardy Street. Opening speaker: Green MP, Keith Locke. Contact Will Foote, ph (03) 5474779

Takaka. Friday October 19, 7.30 p.m. Golden Bay Community Centre, Commercial Street. Opening speaker: Keith Locke MP. Contact Helen Kingston, ph (03) 5259576. E-mail: helenk@voyager.co.nz

Wellington. Tuesday October 23, 7.30 p.m. Turnbull House, Bowen Street. Opening speaker: Nicky Hager. Contact Mark Roach, ph/fax (04) 9345612; 025 998952. E-mail: artwork@paradise.clear.net.nz

Palmerston North. Wednesday October 24, 7.30 p.m. Wesley Broadway Methodist Church and Centre, 264 Broadway Avenue. Opening speaker: Nicky Hager. Contact Dion Martin, ph (06) 3569658 – w; fax (06) 3591333 – w.

Hamilton. Thursday October 25, 7.30 p.m. Methodist Church Centre, London Street. Opening speaker: Keith Locke MP. Contact Jim Holdom, ph (07) 8555699; fax (07) 8555902. E-mail: jholdom@ihug.co.nz

Whangarei. Friday October 26, 7.30 p.m. St Johns Church Hall, 149 Kamo Road. Opening speaker: Keith Locke MP. Contact Don Ross, ph (09) 4382388. E-mail: struggle@igrin.co.nz

Auckland. Monday October 29, 7.30 p.m. Methodist Mission, Queen Street (opposite Town Hall). Opening speaker: Keith Locke MP. Contact Gerry Hill, ph (09) 3765989; fax (09) 3765527. E-mail: great.ponsonby@xtra.co.nz

Mike Frost's tour is organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign Box 2258, Christchurch. Donations are welcome.

CAFCA Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa PO Box 2258, Christchurch email: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz


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