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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.