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Greens glare at Telecommunications bill: “track and tap” bill to enable authorities to conduct real time tracking of people’s mobile phones and Internet browsing without obtaining a warrant

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (New South Wales) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 that the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 was a threat to privacy and civil rights.

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Aviation data-matching to “identify terrorists” at 99.9% accuracy, creates 431,000 innocent people – a year – with damaged chances of jobs grant, or visa

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Are you on a secret black list? Those caught up in terrorist-profiling systems are not allowed to know their scores or challenge the data. Yet their profiles, which may be shared with federal, state and even foreign governments, could damage their chances of getting a state job, a student grant, a public contract or a visa. It could even prevent them from ever being able to fly again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Almost 25 per cent of spying related to commercial secrets; spies pose as business people or academics; shared secrets and trade negotiations targeted

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

A former top Australian spy said there had been no let-up in global espionage despite the cessation of the Cold War, and technological advances and globalisation made the country’s military and business secrets more vulnerable, according to John Kerin reported in The Australian Financial Review (5/10/2007, p. 27). Read the rest of this entry »

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Police state creeps-up: secret police force—a force whose house-culture treats all dissent as dangerous—perfects the art of gathering and using information

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Ross Anderson, a professor at Cambridge University in Britain, compared the present situation to a “boiled frog”—which failed to jump out of the saucepan as the water gradually heats. If liberty is eroded slowly, people will get used to it. He added a caveat: it was possible the invasion of privacy would reach a critical mass and prompt a revolt. If there is not much sign of that in Western democracies, this may be because most people rightly or wrongly trust their own authorities to fight the good fight against terrorism, and avoid abusing the data they possess, reported The Economist, 29/9/2007, p. 62 Read the rest of this entry »

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US leads world arms trade, holds 42 per cent of the market: wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted a weapons shopping spree

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

The US reaffirmed its leadership in world arms trade last year, cornering nearly 42 per cent of the market as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted a weapons shopping spree among neighbouring nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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China and India allow generals to use Burma’s ample natural resources and strategic geographical position to survive

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

In November 2005 the Burmese military junta moved the capital to a location near Pyinmana, 300 kilometres north of Rangoon, wrote Bertil Lintner in The Sydney Morning Herald (29/9/2007, p. 27). Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Minister for Defence explains: Pine Gap is for spying and listening into everyone’s phone calls and controlling US missile defence system

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Brendan Nelson, Minister for Defence, Australia Liberal Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth – for reasons not made clear – made a ministerial statement concerning the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap, Alice Springs, on 20 September 2007. He said: “Pine Gap will remain a central element of Australia’s security and its relationship with the United States for the foreseeable future. All activities at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap are managed to ensure that they are consistent with Australian interests. These activities take place with the full knowledge and concurrence of the Australian government, and Australia benefits fully from them”.

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Bill proposes to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to expand the black list of Internet addresses (URLs), websites hosted domestically and overseas

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

The Attorney-General was set to controls what Australians read on a website to can blacklist sites at will. The details were in the Coalition Bill to amend the Australian Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to expand the black list of Internet addresses (URLs) (now maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)). The changes to the law would give the Attorney-General the power to bar access to website. It was one of a very large number of Bills tabled in a pre-election frenzy – to use the Government majority in the Senate – aided by Labour, which weirdly, and wimpishly, usually colludes to create the majority. The Bill was adjourned to the first sitting day of the next period. Even after the election, government may control a Senate majority until June.

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US soldiers in Iraq now highly-protected “walking computer hubs”; but still remain vulnerable, success far from guaranteed

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were outfitted with advanced armour and other protec­tion, including high-tech vests, anti­-ballistic goggles, earplugs and fire-retardant gloves, wrote Pauline Jelinek in The Canberra Times (6/10/2007, p.20).

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Facebook, MySpace could become targets of new fed government bill blocking access to overseas sites blacklisted by federal police commissioner; blanket IP bans lack subtlety

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Popular networking websites such as Facebook could become inadvertent targets of a new federal government bill blocking access to overseas sites blacklisted by the federal police commissioner, reported The Australian (25/9/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Burma riots sparked by skyrocketing fuel prices, as govt overstates growth, oil/gas deals

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Experts said the Burma Government’s mistake was raising fuel prices overnight on 15 August without first publicly explaining the increase or considering a phased-in price rise, as other Asian countries have done, wrote Aye Win in The Advertiser (29/9/2007, p.70). Read the rest of this entry »

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Innocent man killed as “terrorist”; police operation goes wrong, London jury hears

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

In an unprecedented health and safety pros­ecution that was launched yesterday, the Metropolitan Police were accused of overseeing a “catastrophic” operation that led to the death of the 27-year-old Brazilian electrician who had been mistaken for one of the bombers involved in failed suicide attacks on London’s subway trains on 21 July 2005, wrote Charlotte Gill in The Courier Mail (3/10/2007, p.36). Read the rest of this entry »

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Long road to legitimacy: Ramos-Horta once labelled a terrorist by Aus and refused visa

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Jose Ramos-Horta has been one of the world’s enduring political figures, noted The Sydney Morning Herald (22/9/2007, p.25). Read the rest of this entry »

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Echoes of Eisenhower in new ‘security-industrial complex’: weak Western leaders fuelling paranoia

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Commentators have ascribed the chaotically belligerent aftermath of 11 Sep­tember to weak Western leaders crav­ing popularity in the glamour of war, wrote Simon Jenkins in The Sydney Morning Herald (20/9/2007, p.13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Multinational mercenaries: Iraq private-security contractors still immune from Iraqi law

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Their helicopters buzzed through the Baghdad sky, their patrols bristled with the latest weaponry and their armoured vehicles carried the latest high-tech gadgets, wrote Paul Tait in The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.B2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Jury of 15 to sit on trial of nine men caught in Australia’s biggest anti-terrorism sweep: conspiring “to do acts in preparation of a terrorist act”

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

NSW was expected to pass legislation allowing an expanded jury of 15 to sit on the trial of nine men caught in Australia’s biggest anti-terrorism sweep, wrote Michael Pelly in The Australian (24/9/2007, p.3).

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Great Wall of Sydney can be seen for five kilometres around the CBD at 2.8 metres high with 5 tonnes of concrete footings

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

The Great Wall of Sydney could be seen for five kilometres around the CBD according to Deirdre Macken of The Australian Financial Review (18/8/2007, p. 27).

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Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews’ defiance in face of Federal Court’s decision an example of unfortunate attitude many Australian politicians have subscribed to over past decade

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

According to Greg Barns, a member of the Tasmanian Independent Bar, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews just doesn’t get it, reported The Australian (24/8/07, p. 37).

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Squads of heavily armed, anti-terror police now targeting Aus dissent, claims Australia Institute chief

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

In a recent ‘Quarterly Essay’, David Marr told the disturbing story of the treatment of a number of young men in Sydney who were arrested for events that occurred at the G20 demonstration in Melbourne last year, wrote Clive Hamilton, executive director of the Australia Institute, in The Sydney Morning Herald (7/92007, p.27).

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Danger of return to 1950s, when ASIO watched anyone regarded as vaguely left-wing, warns Australia Institute chief

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

We were in danger of returning to the dark days of the 1950s and ’60s when ASIO, armed with excessive powers, carried out surveillance of anyone regarded as vaguely left-wing, including peace groups, anti-war activists and women’s groups, wrote Clive Hamilton, executive director of the Australia Institute, in The Sydney Morning Herald (7/9/2007, p.27).

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Alleged German terrorists call UK numbers; months of surveillance leads to raids

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

Terrorists planning a massacre in Germany on the anniversary of the 11 September 11, 2001 attacks, phoned Brit­ish contacts as they plotted, reported The Mercury (7/9/2007, p. 16).

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Troubling questions surround 9/11 events: lengthy list of inconsistencies, non-sequiturs, technicalities and legal challenges remain unanswered

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

Robert Fisk is reported in The Australian (27/8/2007, p. 17) as writing in The Independent in Britain: “Each time I lecture abroad on the Middle East, there is always someone in the audience whom I call the ‘raver’. His – or her – question goes like this. ‘Why, if you believe you’re a free journalist, don’t you report what you really know about 9/11? Why don’t you tell the truth that the Bush administration (or the CIA or Mossad, you name it) blew up the twin towers? Why don’t you reveal the secrets behind 9/11?'”

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Resolution of overnight global liquidity squeeze impossible to predict: numbed markets wait for direction

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

For the past 15 or so years, banks have grown by lending to people and businesses, then bundling those loans and selling them to investors in world capital markets, reported The Australian (8/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Prepaid cards a gift to criminals; briefing paper issued by the Australian High Tech Crime Centre and the Australian Institute of Criminology

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Christmas shoppers who bought prepaid gift vouchers stored on electronic cards might soon have to queue up for identity checks along with their gift wrapping, after crime experts said the popular new products were a money laundering threat, according to Julian Bajkowski reported in The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p. 35). Read the rest of this entry »

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Bush reclaims political initiative on Iraq: a long-term US position created from the Iraq mess will keep Australia in the region for years

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Where, exactly, was the US political system on Iraq after the reports from ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus and the new policy from Bush, asked Paul Kelly in The Australian (22/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia gets closer to NATO: to develop interoperability with NATO forces, share classified information and training

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Australia would sign a treaty with NATO in a move that would boost security and intelligence ties and assist the evolution of the 60-year-old Cold War alliance of democracies into a global force, according to New York correspondent David Nason, reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p. 12). Read the rest of this entry »

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Gulf states rivals acquire almost half of London Stock Exchange; US to acquire OMX

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Alignments between the world’s stock exchanges had changed at a dizzying pace in a single day, according to Norma Cohen and Robert Anderson reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p. 40). Read the rest of this entry »

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Protesters, police square off in Hyde Park amid Sydney APEC meeting; tomato sauce squirter charged with assault

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

In the first sizeable gathering of anti-war protesters on 6 September, two people were arrested during a demonstration of about 200 people in Hyde Park, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (7/9/2007, p.9). Read the rest of this entry »

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Confidential list of telephone numbers and home addresses of 130 South Australian police officers stolen

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Police had unsuccessfully searched several reserves in Adelaide’s southern suburbs for a briefcase stolen from an unmarked police car, reported The Advertiser (7/9/2007, p.12). Read the rest of this entry »

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Next stop, Vladivostok: Russia officially states readiness to chair APEC in 2012

Posted by gasweek on 28 September, 2007

Russia had officially stated its readiness to chair APEC in 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in The Australian (7/9/2007, p. 16). Read the rest of this entry »

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