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Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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Be wary of ‘watch lists’

Crikey readers have their say about ASIO overreach and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent Monday’s Sydney siege.

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Rundle: Monis was a criminal. The Tele made him a terrorist.

The Australian tabloids gave a lone gunman exactly what he wanted — the association with Islamic State.

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PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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The media’s siege failures

Crikey readers have their say on the dramatic Lindt cafe siege.

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Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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Sydney gunman a criminal, not a terrorist

Man Haron Monis was a desperate, violent middle-aged man, not a jihadi.

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Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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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 know the world’s terrorism hotspots? Think again

India does not spring to mind as a global terrorism hotspot, but lawyer and commentator Irfan Yusuf finds there’s much we don’t know about the world’s second-most populous nation.

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The ABC’s detractors ignore its true benefits

Crikey readers have their say on the TPP, terrorism and the ABC debate.

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The inconvenient link between mental health and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism

The reality of radicalisation and terrorism is far more complex than the simplistic, self-serving narratives offered by politicians and the media.

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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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Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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Emma Alberici (and the West) doesn’t understand anything about Muslims

Emma Alberici’s drawn praise for her heated interview with the head of a radical Islam group, but her conduct was not exemplary.

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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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Plastic sword the least of ASIO’s bungles in ‘terror raid’

Is ASIO willing to let innocent people suffer in order to secure more draconian powers? Or is it just incompetent?

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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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We heart Canberra

Crikey readers talk terrorism, the war in Iraq and why it’s not cool to hate on Canberra.

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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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‘Burqa’ debacle shows Abbott lacks Howard’s political smarts

The government’s stumbles over the “burqa” issue reflect a lack of political intuition that enabled John Howard to deftly exploit social issues.

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The complicated calculus of terrorists v war criminals

Why have we been focusing all of our attention on lone-wolf terror suspects, while a man accused of horrific war crimes attracts scant mention?

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My lunch with George: Keane and Brandis’ freedom ride

It’s all about freedom, George Brandis insists, as he goes about establishing ever more stringent security laws.

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