Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: News, Revolute | Tags: Anti-Terrorism Laws, Australian Crime, JIHAD, Syria, Terrorism | Comments Off on Terrorism Threat Greatest Since 9/11
The West is facing a more powerful terrorism threat now than in the lead-up to 9/11 because of the Middle East’s current political and economic uncertainty, according to one of Australia’s top security analysts.
Research director at thinktank, The Lowy Institute for International Policy, Anthony Bubalo says the region’s many conflicts have galvanised international extremism and provided an environment in which “a whole new generation of jihadists is being re-tooled and re-trained”.
Mr Bubalo argues that the current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists, he says in many respects the current conditions in the region are worse than those that saw the emergence of radical groups like al-Qaeda.
Mr Bubalo says that Australia will need to properly sustain its counter terrorism efforts in years to come, in light of the number of Australians taking part in wars around the globe. He says there is an immediate threat from foreign fighters returning from the Syrian civil war both to Australia and Indonesia with military skills and extremist connections :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: CRIME!, Get Out of the House | Tags: Anti-Terrorism Laws, ASIO, Australian Federal Police, Australian Police and Law Enforcement, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Bugging, Civil Liberties, Email, FBI, Intelligence, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, Law Reform, Metadata, MI5, NSW Crime Commission, Phone Tap, Police Force, SMS, Telecommunications Data, Terrorist Cell, Terrorist Organisation, Text Message, The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act - | Comments Off on Australian Spy Agency Wants YOUR Data
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – ASIO – Australia’s national spy agency has backed controversial legislation which would force telcos to retain customer communication – phone, internet – data for at least two years.
ASIO says basic communications – meta – data from phones and emails, such as when a call was made or whom an email was sent to, is crucial to the gathering of evidence. The spy agency has given an unclassified submission to a parliamentary committee, saying telecommunications companies have traditionally kept the data to bill customers but new technology means there is less need to do so.
It says the legislation will not give it access to the content of calls or emails, just the time they were sent or who they were sent to. Currently no warrant is required to peruse an individuals data records, unlike phone tapping.
ASIO says this type of data retention leads to tip-offs about terrorist cells and can confirm intelligence reports. The agency says it would support new penalties to stop the misuse of the powers. However, Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, says the proposed data retention will be expensive. It’s understood that Telstra – Australia’s largest telco -currently keeps data records for 5 years. The Australian Government hasn’t made a final decision on the laws :: Read the full article »»»»