Are we creeping towards a surveillance state?

NZLawyer, issue 98, 3 October 2008

Bott said that a proposed power for police to detain people went beyond any power previously introduced either in New Zealand or in any major Commonwealth country. “I think it’s quite sweeping. What is happening in the name of the law and order campaign is human rights and civil liberties are being auctioned off without any appreciation of what we are giving away, why in essence we have these protections, and their historical origins. We’re having a jackbooted jump back to the past where the citizen has minimal protection against the might of the state.”