Saturday 19th of April 2014

the bibliophiles...

the bibliophiles...

I believe one of the books that George Brandis has in his collection of tomes bought at the government expense is 1984... He and the rest of the Abbott government are of course on the wrong side of Orwell's concepts.

big brother...

The Greens say the attorney general, George Brandis, needs to explain his decision to authorise raids by the intelligence services in the past 24 hours, branding his conduct analogous to the controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, J Edgar Hoover.

Brandis on Tuesday approved warrants for agents of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) to raid the office of a Canberra lawyer, Bernard Collaery, who is at the centre of an espionage case involving Australia and East Timor in 2004.

The passport of a key witness and whistleblower in the case, a senior retired officer of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (Asis), was also confiscated during the raids. The former Asis official was detained and searched.

The attorney general has denied the raids were carried out with the intention of disrupting proceedings in the high-stakes espionage case about to get under way in The Hague.

The Greens moved in the Senate on Wednesday to suspend the standing orders in an effort to force the attorney general to make a comprehensive statement explaining why his conduct was not an abuse of executive power.

The Coalition rejected the suspension motion, arguing that national security matters needed to remain above partisanship.

Labor also rejected the motion, but Senate leader Penny Wong suggested that Brandis should make a statement to bring clarity to events of the past 24 hours, given they had attracted significant public interest.

This view was contradicted in the debate by the veteran Labor senator John Faulkner, who told the chamber that he wasn’t certain what Brandis could add, at least immediately, to a media statement issued on Tuesday night given his national security responsibilities and the protocols they entail.

Brandis could make a statement at any time and the Senate would give him leave. Compulsion was unhelpful, Faulkner reasoned during the suspension debate.

The South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon backed the suspension motion but said he saw no bad faith on the part of Brandis. He branded the Greens’ comparison of the attorney general to J Edgar Hoover “unhelpful”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/timor-leste-spy-brandis-likened-to-notorious-fbi-chief

full-frontal pedalling of lies...

I have it on good authority (Gus's own analysis) that:

The spying on the Indonesian President's phone had been ordered by the goons in Washington.

The failure of the operation was deliberate or at best a masterful cock up.

ASIO's graphic department only made the slide to show the CIA that attempts to spy had been made.

The sharing of "information" through the internet and networks leads to BIG holes in the bucket.

Good decent people are always swindled in these cases — and in general.

Lord Downer is in full breach of insider trading laws.

George Brandis is acting like a Nazi SS colonel.

Tony Abbott is an idiot.

Christopher Pyne should be sacked.

The Abbott government is a ratty cirkus full of nasty zombies...

 

Please — if you are decent folks from the rest of the world and see with astonishment the crap Australia does, don't blame us... Tony Abbott got elected PM by default with the overt support of a rabid Uncle Rupe. Most of the decent people in Australia had nothing to do with it. Like them, democracy was raped in the last elections and we beg forgiveness for the mess this Tony has created since... Presently he is not working at sorting out the mess he has created, but at protecting his arse by whatever full-frontal pedalling of lies he can concoct...

george sends asio on a thieving spree...

 

The Attorney-General George Brandis says the Australian people can’t be told why documents and equipment were seized by ASIO in The Hague on Tuesday. Distinguished former diplomat Dr Alison Broinowski says the secretive ‘Dark State’ of the intelligence services needs to be exposed to the light.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL GEORGE BRANDIS, and now the Prime Minister, say the Australian people can’t be told why documents and equipment were seized by ASIO on Tuesday, nor why a former ASIS operative was interrogated in Canberra. Senator Brandis’ reason is one of the oldest in the book — national security. Alexander Downer, who was Foreign Minister when Australia allegedly bugged East Timor’s cabinet room during oil and gas negotiations in 2004, won’t comment for the same reason: security

Many in Australia might not be much concerned about it, but there is a global struggle under way. It is about nothing less than the future of the world.

On one side of the divide are people who want no change in the way we use the earth’s resources, dispose of waste and reduce global warming, while on the other are people who are so concerned that they believe it’s already too late and we are doomed as a species, within this century.

On one side of the global divide are those who want economic growth and personal wealth at any price, while on the other are people who believe the capitalist system can be changed by nothing less than a revolution.

On one side are those who use their power to repress criticism and dissent, control information and deceive their fellow-citizens, while on the other are people who seek to increase transparency, freedom of expression and trust between and within nations.

On one side are people who support their leaders invading and occupying other countries, killing civilians ‒ including with drone strikes and chemical weapons ‒ and defying conventions on human rights, nuclear weapons, refugees and corruption, while on the other side are those who uphold international laws and principles.

On one side are people who approve the use of terrorist strategies and terrorist behaviour by their own governments against ‘terrorists’, while on the other side are people who see ‘terrorism’ as only the latest of a series of bogeys designed to keep them afraid and compliant.

On one side are people who advocate free expression and democracy, while on the other are people who are hunted and threatened for exposing governments which invigilate their own citizens and foreigners alike.

The only thing they have in common is they all use the internet.

read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbotts-dark-state-war-powers-invigilation-and-trust,5956

Please — if you are decent folks from the rest of the world and see with astonishment the crap Australia does, don't blame us... Tony Abbott got elected PM by default with the overt support of a rabid Uncle Rupe. Most of the decent people in Australia had nothing to do with it. Like them, democracy was raped in the last elections and we beg forgiveness for the mess this Tony has created since... Presently he is not working at sorting out the mess he has created, but at protecting his arse by whatever full-frontal pedalling of lies he can concoct...

 

fair-minded australians would think brandis is an #@$%^&*

Timor-Leste’s ambassador to Australia said his country was “deeply disappointed” Australian intelligence agencies had resorted to raids against the tiny nation’s lawyer and star witness in the international hearing of spying allegations and thought “fair-minded” Australians would reject the explanation given by the attorney-general, George Brandis, as ridiculous.

The Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery, who is representing Timor-Leste in an international arbitration hearing in the Hague, has argued the raids were a deliberate effort by the Australian government to disrupt the proceedings, in which Timor-Leste alleges that in 2004 Australia improperly spied on the Timorese during negotiations on an oil and gas treaty worth billions of dollars in order to extract a commercial benefit.

Timor Leste’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, to explain himself and guarantee the safety of the witness – a former senior Australian Security Intelligence Service (Asis) officer allegedly directly involved in the bugging of the Timorese cabinet office during the sensitive negotiations of the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMAT) treaty.

"The actions taken by the Australian government are counterproductive and uncooperative," Mr Gusmao said. "Raiding the premises of a legal representative of Timor-Leste and taking such aggressive action against a key witness is unconscionable and unacceptable conduct. It is behaviour that is not worthy of a close friend and neighbour or of a great nation like Australia."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/timor-leste-spy-case-brandis-claims-ridiculous-says-ambassador

machiavellian big brother...

 

Snowden says spying worse than OrwellianBy Thursday, December 26, 5:37 AM

LONDON — National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he ignited.

Speaking directly into the camera from Moscow, where he has taken refuge after leaking vast troves of information on NSA spying, Snowden said government surveillance methods far surpass those described in Orwell’s dystopic novel “1984.”

“The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go,” he said. “Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.”

The brief video marked Snowden’s first television appearance since he fled possible prosecution in the United States and arrived in Moscow in June. It came soon after The Washington Post published an extensive account of his comments during more than 14 hours of interviews.

Revelations from documents leaked by Snowden first appeared in June in The Post and in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, and have continued to emerge in the months since.

In the Post interview, Snowden said he had succeeded in spawning the debate he sought by bringing to light the extent of surveillance by the U.S. and British governments.

“The mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Snowden echoed those sentiments Wednesday, saying he sees an opportunity to “find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.”

U.S. and British authorities have accused Snowden, a 30-year-old former NSA contractor, of jeopardizing security on both sides of the Atlantic by divulging vital information about programs used to spy on hostile governments and would-be terrorists.

But Snowden’s leaks also revealed a vast web of surveillance that targets close allies and sweeps up massive quantities of telephone, Internet and location data about ordinary citizens.

A federal judge ruled this month that the NSA data-collection methods are probably unconstitutional, describing them as “almost Orwellian.”

read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/snowden-says-spying-worse-than-orwellian/2013/12/25/e9c806aa-6d90-11e3-a5d0-6f31cd74f760_print.html