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