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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of ASIO. Crikey’s ASIO coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Time to codify, not just extend, national security powers

If our security agencies always act within the law, codification of their extensive surveillance powers shouldn’t be a threat to them.

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Why Australians can fight for the IDF, but not the Islamic State: ASIO chief explains

ASIO boss David Irvine has tried to explain how and why Australians join foreign armies, and allay concerns about the Coalition’s proposed anti-terrorism laws. But given its murky past, ASIO’s reassurances should be taken with a grain of salt, writes freelance journalist Andrea Glioti

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Budget emergency needs to be addressed

Crikey readers talk metadata and the budget emergency.

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IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.

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Watch out that selfie: when private moments can destroy your career

Advances in technology and our increased online activities are enabling employers to more easily scrutinise our private lives — with dire consequences, write Giri Sivaraman and Kate Luckman.

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Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

The government has suddenly lurched forward on national security with a huge package of reforms that strengthen our worst anti-terrorism laws without justification.

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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

The government’s national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

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Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that “hacktivists” could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 …

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Government reveals first national security reforms

ASIO is set to expand its powers under new national security legislation reforms to be unveiled by the government in July.

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What ASIO might know about you — and how to find out for sure

Some well-known Australians have cracked open their ASIO files — and found a curious mixture of the amateurish and the chilling. Does ASIO have a file on you?

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Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They’re now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?

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The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

The tactics of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalists have now been openly deployed in Australia. The Coalition government is on the attack.

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Brandis’ staffing coup points to ‘national security focus’

George Brandis has secured the services of former ambassador and ASIO chief, Paul Sullivan, raising interesting questions about the new Attorney-General’s approach to national security.

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia’s counter-terrorism legal landscape

With the UK examining its counter-terrorism laws, freelance jouranlist Farz Edraki asks: are Australia’s counter-terrorism laws too restrictive and in need of reform?

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A ‘monolithic monster’: what the new HQ says about ASIO’s power

Among the dinner table criticism over ASIO’s new building, journalist and author Frank Moorhouse finds fault in the agency itself — and its ever-widening purview. His essay is from GriffithREVIEW.

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National security inquiry declines to endorse data retention

A key review of proposal to strengthen national security laws has opted against recommending mandatory data retention, and suggested a strictly limited scheme if governments do consider one.

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The greatest threat to our rights is the Attorney-General’s Department

The record of the Attorney-General’s Department shows that, on national security, the department is the greatest threat to Australians’ rights.

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Red faces all round in Canberra

Crikey readers talk cybersecurity, Eddie McGuire, Pauline Hanson and the hell with Labor and the Libs.

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Revealed: Australian spies seek power to break into Tor

The Attorney-General’s Department has admitted data retention will be “trivially easy” to avoid and that intelligence services want to be able to break into encrypted internet systems like Tor.

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Is cybersecurity a shadow war?

Crikey readers vent their spleens about the issues of the day.

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ASIO’s mislaid plans hardly a Chinese cybersecurity attack

Four Corners fingered the Chinese for sleuthing on Canberra’s new security headquarters. But the truth is probably much less strange than the fiction of some alarmists.

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The new ACSC: a ‘reasonable illustration’ of a cybersecurity hub?

The government’s much-vaunted new “Cyber Security Centre” will have no legislation, no central leadership and no money. But it will have “unclassified areas”.

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Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

A national security committee member’s poor judgment has inflicted serious damage on the push for data retention by Australia’s security agencies.

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Zygier scandal: the journo in a deadly game of spy v spy

Not much is known about how Australian Ben Zygier ended up dead in a cell in Israel. But some of what we do know comes from a Fairfax journo unwittingly entangled in the spy scandal, writes Tom Hyland.

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