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Topic archives: intelligence agencies

Keane: no politician has the spine to stand up to Australia’s intelligence state

December 21, 2017 33

As the case of Witness K has made clear, if you stand up against Australia's intelligence apparatus you will be crushed, and elected officials will fall in line.

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

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

May 27, 2015 8

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

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

October 31, 2014 10

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

September 18, 2014 11

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

July 7, 2014 5

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he's legislating with no vetting of any kind.

Keane: our oversight of intelligence is broken

Keane: our oversight of intelligence is broken

June 5, 2014 2

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.

What ASIO might know about you — and how to find out for sure

What ASIO might know about you — and how to find out for sure

May 27, 2014 6

Some well-known Australians have cracked open their ASIO files -- and found a curious mixture of the amateurish and the chilling. Does ASIO have a file on you?

Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

December 13, 2013 8

The parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing sensitive intelligence agencies has finally been picked. It's heavy on Defence and DFAT types, so will it do its job properly?

The NSA’s war on Google: a how-to in intelligence stupidity

The NSA’s war on Google: a how-to in intelligence stupidity

October 31, 2013 10

Revelations the NSA has broken into Google and Yahoo facilities will escalate a developing war between the US government and the companies it is damaging with its espionage.

ASIO can’t be bothered: less accountable, less productive

October 28, 2009 10

Despite ASIO's endlessly increasing budget, its latest annual report shows an organisation doing less work and being less accountable -- even the report itself is lazily cobbled together.