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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.