On October 15th 2007, a series of intense police raids occurred around the small village of Ruatoki in New Zealand. Operation 8, as it was called, was the result of 18 months of invasive surveillance of Maori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending 'terrorist training camps' in the Urewera ranges -- the homeland of the indigenous Tuhoe people. This film examines why and how the raids took place -- did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters reaching even to the South Pacific?
Every day technologies are being used to monitor us with unprecedented scrutiny -- from driving habits to workplace surveillance, to shoppers and diners. We are all observed and analysed; Internet searches are monitored and used as evidence in court; the police track our movements on the road; governments collect our DNA, fingerprints and iris scans while colluding with corporations such as Acxiom, Lexis Nexis and ChoicePoint to gain access to the vast volumes of our personal information. And it's a lucrative business...