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Jun 25, 2013

Yes we can: how surveillance was quietly stymied in Australia

There are some lessons from this week's Australia's national security inquiry, especially when we compare ourselves to the US and the UK. Secret plans for data retention came to nothing.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

When a series of national security reforms, including mandatory data retention, was referred to the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security by the government last year, many in the online rights community suspected a stitch-up. Some (as always) self-described Anonymous members launched an “op” to attack the inquiry and anyone submitting to it. Others maintained the inquiry was a piece of theatre to give the impression of consultation before the inevitable imposition of data retention.

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6 thoughts on “Yes we can: how surveillance was quietly stymied in Australia

  1. samistapol

    > albeit one in its death throes

    Please wait for the election before publishing tripe like this.

  2. Alex

    The conspiracy theory here of course is that the AGD was simply trying to formalise something our secret services already do secretly and only quasi-legally, which seems a lot less crazy with the latest evidence of information sharing from PRISM et al to our nation.

  3. Drew Davis

    “the EU directive is the exact model put forward by AGD ”

    Of course – that is even more evidence that all these surveillance programs are of a global scale.

    The Illuminati/Sabateans want a personal database on every living individual on the planet. They need to know what we think, eat, believe, like, dislike etc etc in order to build a profile that determines our position in their coming world govt. Is this conspiracy theory? Two years ago many would have said yes, but the facts are slowly being laid bare, thanks to the political martyre types, like Manning, Assange and now Snowden. Funny how truth always raises it’s ugly head, eventually.

    Their plan is to crash our existing life systems and replace place it with their new beaut carbon credit based debt free utopia. Their plan is to forgive all financial debt in return for political and religious allegiance and the worship of their appointed world king/messiah. If you can believe it, this guy will actually call himself Jesus, now that’s funny hahaha.

  4. Harry Rogers

    I’m certainly not as confident as Bernard regarding these actions being stifled. The power hungry bureaucrats in the AG
    department, Wilkins and others, already last year was seeking to harmonise data and privacy laws with Western countries in a bid to more easily extract information from companies like Google and Facebook for criminal investigations.

    Pause a moment and just wonder what sort of people these are who patently have absolutely no respect for the democratic process.

  5. AR

    Why does anyone imagine the spooks or other LEAs bother with legality when it comes to pursuing their agendas? It is their banal, blithering incompetence & pettiness that scares me more than their overreach.

  6. Hamis Hill

    Time to gather up and destroy all copies of “1984”.
    Is it on the internet?

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