By Craig McCulloch, Political Reporter – New Zealand

@craigmcculloch craig.mcculloch@radionz.co.nz

October 1, 2018

A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article

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Travellers who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine.

The Customs and Excise Act 2018 – which comes into effect today – sets guidelines around how Customs can carry out “digital strip-searches”.

Previously, Customs could stop anyone at the border and demand to see their electronic devices. However, the law did not specify that people had to also provide a password.

The updated law makes clear that travelers must provide access – whether that be a password, pin-code or fingerprint – but officials would need to have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.

“It is a file-by-file [search] on your phone. We’re not going into ‘the cloud’. We’ll examine your phone while it’s on flight mode,” Customs spokesperson Terry Brown said.

If people refused to comply, they could be fined up to $5000 and their device would be seized and forensically searched.

Mr Brown said the law struck the “delicate balance” between a person’s right to privacy and Customs’ law enforcement responsibilities.

“I personally have an e-device and it maintains all my records – banking data, et cetera, et cetera – so we understand the importance and significance of it.”

Council for Civil Liberties spokesperson Thomas Beagle said the law was an unjustified invasion of privacy.

“Nowadays we’ve got everything on our phones; we’ve got all our personal life, all our doctors’ records, our emails, absolutely everything on it, and customs can take that and keep it.”

The new requirement for reasonable suspicion did not rein in the law at all, Mr Beagle said.

“They don’t have to tell you what the cause of that suspicion is, there’s no way

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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea:  The all powerful and knowing police state of the coming antichrist is nearing infrastructure completion.  Now in New Zealand, coming soon to a country near you.

 In WWII Europe, Hitler’s security forces could demand that any one (at any time) turn over “their papers”.  These identity documents only contained basic name, age and address information. Even with this very limited information, the Gestapo was able to capture many spies and enemies of the state and put fear in the hearts of all. 

But now people all around the world are keeping everything about their lives on their smart phones.  Think of how impossible it will be to hide from the coming storm troopers when they can tap into or ask you for everything about your life: where you have been, what do you spend your money on, where do you get your money, who you talk to, what you talk about, what you read, who you listen to, movies you watch, searches you make, thumbs up or down that you have given, etc. etc. 

 There was a time when western citizens were generally restrained by the fact that the God of the Bible was all knowing, all seeing and all powerful.  But they rejected their Creator God as they cast off restraint in order to pursue their own lusts.  This resulted in crime, which in turn requires an ever increasing police state to maintain social order.  So mankind has pushed away a loving God and is about to be enslaved by the coming police state of the antichrist.  Global misery will be the result.

 Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their glory for what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the Lord.  ‘For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jer 2:11-13) NKJV