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Tag archives: ASIO

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

Bernard Keane August 7, 2017 20 Comments

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

This Dutton-led mega-department is a mistake: former head of DFAT

Crikey July 27, 2017 9 Comments

The establishment of an enlarged Department of Home Affairs under the ministerial control of Peter Dutton is an unnecessary, mistaken policy, writes Richard Woolcott, former head of DFAT and president of the UN Security Council.

Crikey Worm: An Australian caught up in London attack and US-Australia talks in Sydney

Josh Taylor June 5, 2017

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari caught up in London attack, and ASIO find cache of government files in Canberra raid.

The real reason Abbott, News Corp nut jobs attack ASIO’s approach to Muslim extremism

Bernard Keane June 1, 2017 28 Comments

The essentialist view of terrorism peddled by Tony Abbott is self-serving, both because it is aimed at undermining Malcolm Turnbull, and because it helps perpetuate the War on Terror.

How the right turned on ASIO

Josh Taylor May 31, 2017 28 Comments

All of a sudden Australia's right wing seems to have fallen out of love with our chief spy agency.

Former spook David Irvine appointed to head up FIRB

Crikey April 10, 2017

Irvine has no business or financial experience of any kind.

How many lives will Hanson’s bigotry cost?

Bernard Keane March 27, 2017 20 Comments

In undermining the capacity of security agencies to work effectively with Australia's Muslim communities, Pauline Hanson's vilification of Muslims increases the risk of a terror attack.

‘Data integrity’ keeps spy report secret

Crikey March 3, 2017

In response to questions from Crikey yesterday, the department reiterated previous statements in January given to tech publications.

Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

Bernard Keane March 1, 2017 6 Comments

Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?

Tips and rumours

Crikey October 19, 2016 2 Comments

Existential threat ... eau de PM ... Macdonald Watch ...