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Tag archives: Bernard Collaery

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

Bernard Keane October 9, 2017 17 Comments

When governments use words like "terrorism" and "security", the scrutiny that should be applied to them switches off, allowing them to get away with far more than they otherwise could.

The shameful smearing of Nick Xenophon

Michael Sainsbury June 2, 2016 5 Comments

Why are the major parties trying to smear Nick Xenophon for a donor's link to East Timor whistleblower Bernard Collaery?

Open and shut: ASIS’ crime, and the Labor-Liberal cover-up

Open and shut: ASIS’ crime, and the Labor-Liberal cover-up

Bernard Keane June 12, 2015 21 Comments

Our foreign spy agency blatantly broke the law in 2004 when it bugged the East Timorese cabinet. But those who lawfully revealed it have been smeared and attacked.

Blustering Brandis makes a mockery of IGIS’ vaunted ‘independence’

Blustering Brandis makes a mockery of IGIS’ vaunted ‘independence’

Bernard Keane May 27, 2015 8 Comments

After another estimates debacle, Vivienne Thom leaves the role of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security with its reputation badly damaged.

Brandis moves to jail whistleblower and lawyer for revealing ASIS scandal

Brandis moves to jail whistleblower and lawyer for revealing ASIS scandal

Bernard Keane September 1, 2014 25 Comments

The government's move to prosecute a whistleblower and his lawyer for revealing an ASIS scandal illustrates its determination to send a signal to all potential whistleblowers.

Keane: our oversight of intelligence is broken

Keane: our oversight of intelligence is broken

Bernard Keane June 5, 2014 2 Comments

The refusal of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to acknowledge major concerns about spying on East Timor reflects how broken our system of intelligence oversight really is.

Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

Bernard Keane December 5, 2013 30 Comments

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They're now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?