“add, copy, delete or alter”

The media have been jumping up and down about the warrant to search their ABC:

A top ABC ­staffer was “staggered” by the Australian Federal Police warrant executed in yesterday’s raids which he condemned for ­granting officers the power to “add, copy, delete or alter” material in the public ­broadcaster’s computers.

ABC head of investigative journalism John Lyons made the revelation as he live-tweeted the second raid on a media organisation in two days after three AFP officers and three police IT technicians marched into the broadcaster’s Ultimo headquarters yesterday.

That same media was quiet if I recall correctly when Mordy Bromberg was sentencing Andrew Bolt.

The ordinary reasonable reader (or listener or viewer) is a person of fair average intelligence who is neither perverse, nor morbid or suspicious of mind, nor avid for scandal. That person does not live in an ivory tower but can and does read between the lines in the light of that person’s general knowledge and experience of worldly affairs.

When considering whether an imputation is raised in the present case it is necessary to consider the cumulative effect of the references in the evidence as opposed to relying on selected passages in isolation.

 

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29 Responses to “add, copy, delete or alter”

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    ­granting officers the power to “add, copy, delete or alter” material in the public ­broadcaster’s computers.

    After a bit of that it might actually start to approach reality and truth.
    At the moment just about everything the ABC presently “report” is bullcrap, lies, distortions and propaganda.

  2. Clam Chowdah

    Yes it’s incredibly hypocritical. And don’t forget the comments by they Machiavellian thug, Di Natale, just before the election.

  3. stackja

    The left is right.
    Others are wrong.

  4. J.H.

    The ABC should stop breaking the law by aiding and abetting the public servant who broke their oath of office and leaked confidential information thus breaking the law.

    This is no “whistle blower” this was a concerted effort by a public servant and the ABC, which is run by other public servants, to create a false and misleading narrative to undermine the Scot Morrison government.

    The ABC needs to be abolished…. The permanent bureaucracy also needs a good purging. It’s all way to nepotistic, hereditary and incestuous.

  5. yarpos

    Those seem like a range of normal functions that you might use if you were sifting and capturing info off a computer system. I wonder what ABC staff would use? Osmosis, tantric chants or maybe dragging a goats entrails across the keyboard?

  6. Tim Neilson

    “add, copy, delete or alter”

    This quote could well be misleading if relevant context has been omitted. Anyone want to mortgage their house to bet that the ABC is being scrupulously honest about this?

    A power to ‘add’ could well be necessary to enable instructions to be inserted (e.g. “do not circulate further”), or to put some identifier to ensure it will be picked up by subsequent searches.

    A power to ‘copy’ seems unexceptional for an evidence gathering exercise.

    A power to ‘delete’ makes sense if it is to be used to remove unquestionably classified material.

    A power to ‘alter’ could likewise be important to enable redacting of unquestionably classified material while not deleting the whole.

  7. Mundi

    Many files systems are journalled, so just reading files can cause writes, and this laws complaining that they where illegally obtained of they only had read access.

  8. ACTOldFart

    Excellent post, Prof D. The left and the ABC at the very least sat complacently by, and allowed the persecution of Andrew Bolt by a bunch of bureaucratic stand-over persons, and a kangaroo court, without a murmur of concern about the freedom of the press and opinion. Now the tables are turned and it’s the ABC that gets the knock on the door, and the left goes into hysterics.

    Jefferson said “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost”. With all too characteristic slow-wittedness, the left/ABC only start to realise this when they are on the receiving end. Truly, the left mind (to use a term generously) seems to be equal parts of dullness, bigotry and hypocrisy.

  9. Buccaneer

    and yet the AFP still don’t seem to have as much power as the ABC, they have the power to omit….

  10. Infidel Tiger

    The AFP raid that involved the AFP informing them they were coming, signing in as visitors at reception and then allowing the ABC staff to live tweet the whole thing?

    Terrifying!

  11. Michael Lewis

    As soon as I see anything in the name John Lyons, I deprecate it by at least 99%.

  12. billie

    to “add” might be as simple as a dirty word search with a good tool or two .. the dirty words being from the stolen document

    it’s possible the offender was emailing and moving the document/s around

    you’d would want to have a good troll through caches, temp folders, network links, backup locations and shared drives and any other likely locations for copies or extracts from the stolen documents

    have a quiz at what encryption devices are on the ABC computers as well, and anyone with a full copy of creative tools might have been tempted to embed a copy of the document in a photo you know, for safekeeping in case anything happens

    tempting to leave a few tools lying in wait in case anything turns up later, like a copy of the document emailed to self from another email address or locations like a thumbdrive or the offsite backup .. anyone prepared to dabble in stolen goods can be assumed to be willing to attempt subterfuge and misdirection (and outrage)

    filth

  13. Tom

    The idea that the ABC’s “head of Investigative and In-depth journalism”, John Lyons, should be invoking “public interest” as a defence of the ABC is laughable.
    Like Q&A executive producer Peter McEvoy, Lyons spends every hour of every day not doing public interest journalism but “fighting Tories” as rabidly as Anthony Albanese.
    Even before he arrived at the ABC, Lyons used his position as an associate editor of The Australian to have published a story designed to damage and destabilise the prime ministership of Tony Abbott in February 2015, leading to the successful party room coup in September of that year, which installed the disastrous Malcolm Turnbull in the Lodge:

    TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group.
    Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of Islamic State in northern Iraq.
    After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous for the ¬Australians.

    The whole thing was made up. It was never defended by The Australian, which spent the following two weeks disowning it and walking it back.

    Apart from becoming a Twitter celebrity promoting the ABC’s anti-LNP agenda, Lyons’ major input in the past two years appears to have been an edition of Four Corners about the man he hates so viscerally called Dethroning Tony Abbott.

    Shut. It. Down. Fire. Them. All.

  14. Tom

    The idea that the ABC’s “head of Investigative and In-depth journalism”, John Lyons, should be invoking “public interest” as a defence of the ABC is laughable.
    Like Q&A executive producer Peter McEvoy, Lyons spends every hour of every day not doing public interest journalism but “fighting Tories” as rabidly as Anthony Albanese.
    Even before he arrived at the ABC, Lyons used his position as an associate editor of The Australian to have published a story designed to damage and destabilise the prime ministership of Tony Abbott in February 2015, leading to the successful party room coup in September of that year, which installed the disastrous Malcolm Turnbull in the Lodge:

    TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group.
    Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of I****c State in northern Iraq.
    After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous for the Australians.

    The whole thing was made up. It was never defended by The Australian, which spent the following two weeks disowning it and walking it back.

    Apart from becoming a Twitter celebrity promoting the ABC’s anti-LNP agenda, Lyons’ major input in the past two years appears to have been an edition of Four Corners about the man he hates so viscerally called Dethroning Tony Abbott.

    Shut. It. Down. Fire. Them. All.

  15. Tom

    The idea that the ABC’s “head of Investigative and In-depth journalism”, John Lyons, should be invoking “public interest” as a defence of the ABC is laughable.
    Like Q&A executive producer Peter McEvoy, Lyons spends every hour of every day not doing public interest journalism but “fighting Tories” as rabidly as Anthony Albanese.
    Even before he arrived at the ABC, Lyons used his position as an associate editor of The Australian to have published a story designed to damage and destabilise the prime ministership of Tony Abbott in February 2015, leading to the successful party room coup in September of that year, which installed the disastrous Malcolm Turnbull in the Lodge:

    TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Balsamic State terrorist group.
    Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of Balsamic State in northern Iraq.
    After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous for the Australians.

    The whole thing was made up. It was never defended by The Australian, which spent the following two weeks disowning it and walking it back.

    Apart from becoming a Twitter celebrity promoting the ABC’s anti-LNP agenda, Lyons’ major input in the past two years appears to have been an edition of Four Corners about the man he hates so viscerally called Dethroning Tony Abbott.

    Shut. It. Down. Fire. Them. All.

  16. Squirrel

    “The ordinary reasonable reader (or listener or viewer) is a person of fair average intelligence who is neither perverse, nor morbid or suspicious of mind, nor avid for scandal. That person does not live in an ivory tower but can and does read between the lines in the light of that person’s general knowledge and experience of worldly affairs.”

    Aside, perhaps, from the “fair average intelligence” bit, the ABC has managed to drive away many people who otherwise fit Justice Bromberg’s description – so no great surprise at the double standards. Ultimo may be the Bermuda Triangle of self-awareness, insight and a sense of proportion.

  17. Rococo Liberal

    As corporal Jones would have said about these journos: They don’t like it up ’em.
    They are perfectly prepared to besmirch anyone and call for the law to applied to anyone lese, but not to them.
    Journos do not deeserve any spcial treatment. Stanly Baldwin was right. They are mostly in the game because they want power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot down the ages.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    All taxpayer funded emloyees should be on 1 year contracts with performance based salaries ,including judges and politicians ,none of this appointed for life crap . Many functions of government should be privatised ,and departmnts that duplicate State departments ,health education etc abolished .
    The abc and sbs shoukd be floated on the ASX And stff entitlements paidout in shares in the company ,the see how good they are
    Drain the Canberra swamp,,save squillions.

  19. Percy Popinjay

    The abc and sbs should be floated on the ASX

    LOL. They’d go tits up within six months.

  20. This is no “whistle blower” this was a concerted effort by a public servant and the ABC, which is run by other public servants, to create a false and misleading narrative

    Yes – not all “whistle blowers” are selfless, concerned citizens, as is being assumed by the media.

    I am particularly concerned about the release of accusations against Afghanistan special forces combatants prior to conclusion of investigations. It is agreed that the investigations were protracted. But that alone does not validate the release of material prior that may be determined to be invalid.

  21. But that alone does not validate the release of material prior that may be determined to be invalid.

    Should read : But that does not validate the release of material that may be determined to be invalid”.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    Percy we cats all know that,but the self deluded left would never admit it ,if they hd any ability they orobably wouldnt work there ,who would put up with that annoying crew of tossers .male , female and any of the other 55 genders ,bit like Heinz 57 varieties.

  23. Herodotus

    Most of the lefty media weren’t worried by the Finko & Rickety inquiry and proposals, because they reckoned it’d be mainly News Ltd put under peine forte et dure.

  24. Frank

    Sounds like they are performing CRUD operations on a database.

    Within computer programming, the acronym CRUD stands for create, read, update and delete. These are the four basic functions of persistent storage.

    So yes, it sounds like a typical beatup, low level database access in a nutshell being spun as something sinister.

  25. GK

    Funny that this is the same ABC that was applauding Gillard who threatened NEWS Corp until they sacked a journalist, not because of a false story but something she did not like. And again the ABC applauded the government when she threatened 2GB until they sacked a presenter because she did not like the story. Funny how no other journalists stood up then too.

  26. Chris M

    What about then the ABC fabricated the Navy torture hoax, they should have incarcerated the reporters then for propaganda and treason.

  27. Leo G

    The media have been jumping up and down about the warrant to search their ABC …

    The AFP media-watching and fact-checking the ABC?

  28. Iva Right

    If I remember correctly the ABC has on one occasion published material falsely accusing immigration officials of deliberately burning the hands of illegal immigrants on steam pipes and on another occasion attempting to falsely accuse Australian soldiers of war crimes against Islamic terrorists. I have zero sympathy for this left wing parasitic labor cheers squad. If the government can smash it completely, well all the better! Fake news deserves to be exposed and consequences applied accordingly!

  29. PB

    Yeah Bromberg

    Imagine my surprise.

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