Young goldfinches and wood sandpiper

This Dutch video is about the Crezéepolder. In November 2018, that area became a freshwater tidal nature reserve. The video shows some of the many birds there.

On 8 September 2019, we went there.

Near the entrance, a flock of some 40 young goldfinches.

A wood sandpiper looking for food on a mudflat.

Two snipes.

Two lesser black-backed gulls.

Barn swallows flying around.

Two coots.

A common sandpiper flying.

A flying Egyptian goose.

On the footpath, a dead hare.

Fifteen spoonbills standing in the water.


Gadwall ducks.

A northern lapwing on a mudflat.

A house martin up in the air.

Great cormorants.

A mute swan.

A grey heron. An oystercatcher.

Barnacle geese.

A male kestrel resting on a lampppost.

Jackdaws. A magpie. A great crested grebe in the water.

Water rail sound.

Yellow common fleabane flowers.

Stay tuned, as there will be more 8 September 2019 wildlife on this blog!


Dutch ‘intelligence’ illegally spying on citizens

This 30 December 2017 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Fuck Dutch mass surveillance: let’s have a referendum!

Forcing the Netherlands to publicly debate privacy and the intelligence agencies

Dutch intelligence agencies will soon be allowed to analyse bulk data of civilians on a massive scale, by intercepting internet traffic and through real-time access to all kinds of databases. They will also start hacking third parties.

My friends and I want to stop this. We started an action to enforce a referendum on the law. Surprisingly, it worked! How do we get most out of this opportunity?

In this talk I will discuss what the new spying law means for the Netherlands, how we campaigned to get 400k+ signatures, and the future course of the debate and campaign for the referendum (which is due in March).

Finally, I would like to do a call to action, nationally and internationally. The main concerns about the law are: the allowance of untargeted interception on a potentially massive scale. (Which the AIVD [Dutch secret service] is framing as not being mass surveillance, you judge for yourself.)

This sparked an outcry from human rights activists, journalists, doctors, and others. Also, the hacking of third parties is very uncool and has not yet been the subject of a strong public debate. Both edges of the political spectrum are supporting the initiative, which shows how the erosion of privacy affects us all.

Thus, our campaign tries to reach out to everyone. Now that the privacy debate is mainstream and #woke again, Team-Intelligence-Agencies is showing their teeth. But we’re biting back, even though we realize that we are five kids (and back-up) fighting something way bigger than ourselves. This means that we really need your support! You can help on so many levels that I won’t write them down, so I guess you should come see this talk.

The pro-privacy human rights activists won that referendum. However, the government sabotaged that result of the Dutch electorate voting.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Intelligence services AIVD and MIVD hacked too much satellite traffic and stored too much data, also from innocent citizens. The CTIVD regulatory agency writes this in a new report.

Moreover, information was not filtered quickly enough for information that is important for investigations. Again, unnecessary information from innocent civilians remained in secret service systems.

This involves communication via, for example, satellite telephones. In Friesland the services have a large monitoring station with which satellite traffic can be tapped.

Also, when hacking communication on radio channels, not everything went well. Information that was found to be irrelevant was not immediately destroyed.

New law

The findings cover the period between May 2018, when a new intelligence law came into force, and January this year. There was a lot of debate about the law: a majority [of the electorate] voted against in a referendum. The law was passed in amended form.

The new power to hack in particular internet traffic on a larger scale led to turmoil. That authority was not yet used during the CTIVD investigation. That is the case now.