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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.

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

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

Bernard Keane October 31, 2014 10 Comments

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

Bernard Keane September 18, 2014 11 Comments

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

Bernard Keane July 7, 2014 5 Comments

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

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.

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

Cathy Alexander May 27, 2014 6 Comments

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

Bernard Keane December 13, 2013 8 Comments

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

Bernard Keane October 31, 2013 10 Comments

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

Bernard Keane October 28, 2009 10 Comments

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.