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How fares Abbott’s recovery strategy?

Tony Abbott’s recovery hinges on whether he can bribe voters to think more positively about him whenever they stop thinking about national security and focus on issues of greater importance.

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The lie that puts you at risk as Abbott wraps himself in the flag

Australia’s return to Iraq will make us less safe, and is based on a lie. Again.

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Essential: voters endorse Abbott on national security

Voters strongly back Tony Abbott on terrorism and want less freedom in exchange for security, today’s Essential poll finds. But the Coalition is still well adrift of Labor.

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Rundle: imploding Right in its Winter Palace turns against the people

Desperate, the Right has fallen back on national security fears and blaming “the mob” for its many misfortunes.

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Abbott’s latest bizarre captain’s call a dog-whistle at cultural trolls

Islamic State is as Islamic as the Liberal Party is liberal — but you wouldn’t know it from Abbott’s dog-whistling.

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Abbott targets Muslims and backflips on free speech in terrorism statement

The Prime Minister has unveiled a series of legislative measures and attacked the Muslim community in his national security statement.

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Quickie siege report ignores key issues around Monis

A six week review of the Sydney siege was never likely to produce a substantial report — and it fails to address the key issues around Man Monis and his path to murder.

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Abbott tries again on terrorism, even though it failed the first time

Having doubled down on aggression, Tony Abbott is also trying to use terrorism as part of his political recovery - even though it didn’t help last year.

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The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott’s desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.

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Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

It’s hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you’re still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

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CIA’s torture program is NOT a relic of the past

The beyond-Kafkaesque nightmare of the CIA torture report isn’t a document of history or a one-off derailment of American values, it’s exactly how the War on Terror continues to be pursued.

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US Senate torture report: the essentials

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn’t work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

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Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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Think you can’t learn much from metadata? Guess this film plot and think again

The government makes the collection of metadata sound innocuous — but technology consultant and Crikey’s own Department of Australia Leslie Nassar shows otherwise.

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‘Why sacrifice yourself?’ Whistleblowers consider Brandis’ new laws

The government has introduced harsh new penalties for people who reveal covert operations. Crikey intern Tom Heath asks some of Australia’s high-profile whistleblowers: would you do it all over again today?

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Don’t go looking to Labor for opposition on data retention

Crikey users have their say on national security and the ABC debate.

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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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Intelligence committee wants ‘foreign fighter’ changes — and a much bigger role

The powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security wants significant changes to the government’s “foreign fighters” legislation — and a much greater future role for itself in overseeing legislation.

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On a post-Islamic State future

Crikey readers discuss Islamic State, surveillance and other issues of the day.

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Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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What’s behind the sudden furore on jailed journalists?

Why are some mainstream media journalists suddenly so unhappy about the government’s national security laws? Because they feel like they’re collateral damage in a broader war.

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You can trust us with your fingerprints and retina scans, says Immigration

The government proposes to give itself the power to fingerprint and eye-scan every person entering and leaving Australia. And they couldn’t have picked a worse agency to store the data.

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Keane: why the War on Terror gets a blank cheque but we ignore bigger threats

Australia’s governing class views terrorism as a more immediate threat than other, more important problems of which it has little experience.

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