May 3, 2012

What the AFP asks for when it wants to wiretap you

Courtesy of the Greens, we can now see exactly what the Federal Police ask for when they conduct telephone and ISP surveillance.

Bernard Keane ā€” Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

This article has been corrected – see below

Some light has been thrown on the extent and nature of Australian Federal Police surveillance, after the Greens obtained copies of the AFP’s telephone and internet surveillance templates.

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9 thoughts on “What the AFP asks for when it wants to wiretap you

  1. bluepoppy

    Over 243,000! That seems like an awful lot of crims, even for a penal colony. šŸ™‚

    Must be due to all those Green coal protestors one has been reading about lately. Makes you wonder exactly what it takes to be the target of an intercept these days. It used to be only used in the rarest of cases with lots of evidence to substantiate approval such as direct threats etc.

  2. Harry Rogers

    Isn’t it great to see how far we have come as a country when so called “Law enforcement agencies” seek to spy on us at the rate of 240,000 warrants per annum.

    There’s only one guarantee out there and it is that it will just get worse and worse and become an “acceptable” part of being a “free!!” citizen in Australia.

    The justifications for all this will become a memory.

  3. Matthew of Canberra

    I feel safer already.

  4. bsg

    I wonder how many of those lead to an arrest/conviction?

  5. AR

    That’s about 2% of the adult working electorate. Welcome to the Future when surveillance will be total.
    The idiot’s pabulum, “if you do nothing wrong..”, is not just wrong but irrelevant. From the days of credit check agencies onwards, the real danger is not so much when everything is known about a citizen but when more is known than is true.
    Most intell databases use the Admiralty rating system A-F/1-6 – A1 meaning true & verified all the way to F6, kitty litter tray.
    The vast majority is rated C3-4 and at least 20% lower than E5.
    And for this we spend untold (and untellable, coz it’s sekret like..) millions.

  6. shepherdmarilyn

    The AFP are spying on muslims and refugees.

  7. Ascarygoat

    It would be interesting to learn how many of the warrants obtained were actually utilised. It seems unlikely that Australian police have the resources to conduct 243000 telecommunication and internet intercepts a year in any meaningful way. Are the vast majority of these warrants issued on a ‘just in case we need it basis’?

  8. Brady

    The oldie but a goodie comes to mind from Ben Franklin,

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

    A great man, yes, and also a reader of the future. Maybe they should just spy on the bad people???? And don’t be fooled, the 240, 000 odd is what we know about. You can bet there is a host of other thing they do for the ‘good of all’.

  9. izatso?

    ask SAIC . Its political division has complete integrity, is totally unbiased and its impartiality is unimpeachable (!). Anyone may bid for its services.

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