THERE ARE COMMIES UNDER THE BED


Australians woke t0 the rather breathless news that ASIO had smashed a spy ring and was protecting us from unprecedented threats.

…  Mr Burgess said ASIO had intercepted and disrupted a foreign intelligence service agent sent as a “sleeper” agent to Australia.

“The agent lay dormant for many years, quietly building community and business links, all the while secretly maintaining contact with his offshore handlers,” he said.

That is no way to talk about former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Yep – basically I’m underwhelmed by the “news”. Here is Greg Sheridan hyperventilating:

If anything, the figures that Burgess discloses suggest he is understating the threat trend. For while the threat may have plateaued in some analytical fashion, the number of terrorist leads ASIO is following is twice what it was a year ago. Twice.

Burgess doesn’t say this but a logical extrapolation must be that if credible terrorist leads continue to proliferate at that rate, there must surely come a time when ASIO and allied agencies will be swamped.

Translation: the Canberra bureaucracy want more money.

Burgess is also absolutely clear that right-wing and racist extremism, with a proclivity for violence and terrorism, is on the rise in Australia.

For example? … Sorry, I forgot. The CPAC Australia conference.

The espionage effort against Australia today, Burgess says, is “unprecedented”. Similarly, the clandestine — and at times corrupt and coercive — effort to interfere in our politics. 

You mean like GetUp?

In passages that demand the closest attention from our universities — and to them — Burgess outlines the efforts of some ­foreign academics working for their governments or their governments’ intelligence agencies to steal information from Australia. Obviously, this is a small minority of people, but the defences against them need to be robust.

One of my all-time favourite criticisms of universities. We’ve been hearing this a lot recently. Okay – so on the one hand universities are full of otherwise unemployable morons teaching courses in post-modern basket weaving but somehow this is where the government hides all its industrial-military secrets? Most university research ends up in the public domain.

Of course, in the end we get to the real story:

Across all threat categories, digital technology, especially encryption, has made ASIO’s work harder. The bad guys know all about encryption.

Look for even more laws that undermine our rights to privacy … while our friends in Canberra continue to harass taxpayers right-wing extremists and  insult our intelligence.

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34 Responses to THERE ARE COMMIES UNDER THE BED

  1. Roger

    “The agent lay dormant for many years, quietly building community and business links, all the while secretly maintaining contact with his offshore handlers,” he said.

    A he.

    Not Gladys Liu then.

  2. MatrixTransform

    For years we home-stayed overseas Uni students.

    the commies weren’t under the bed … they were in it!

    one memorable student used to make occasional contact with somebody mysterious who drove a big black Audi

    never again

  3. Rusty of Qld

    What world leading indigenous technology does Australia have that competitors (enemies) are trying to obtain? Don’t we buy all our technology from overseas suppliers?
    If any country wants anything Australia has they just buy the farm,business etc and it is rubber stamped by the good old Aussie Government.

  4. stackja

    In 1940s and early 1950s, there were commies in high places. Today ASIO?

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Australians woke t0 the rather breathless news that ASIO had smashed a spy ring and was protecting us from unprecedented threats.

    Lets see. The ABC. University academics. The Greens. APRA (see today). BHP. Schools. The Public Service. The ALP. Most unions. AEMO.

    So one communist sleeper agent from overseas is doing how much damage, exactly?

  6. tombell

    The reference to “harassing dissidents in Australia” in the piece suggests that PRC is “the culprit”. No surprises there other than that the PRC is full of right wing extremists- apparently! Or is this a case where a swampie having breathlessly told us about his good work in saving from a left wing dictatorship felt the need to “balance” by reminding us of the danger from the right?

  7. ACTOldFart

    The agent lay dormant for many years, quietly building community and business links, all the while secretly maintaining contact with his offshore handlers

    Just about the perfect description of Paul Keating since he ceased being PM, and that Chinese bank he works for

  8. Speedbox

    Rusty of Qld
    #3334202, posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Substantially true Rusty, but we do have some world class work being done at the DSTO and a few other places.

    But its more about future influence. Remember what the Roman philosopher Cicero said: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

    That few in this country can see what is happening is bewildering, to say the least.

  9. I saw that the other day and thought, yep, right wing extremists are the greatest existential threat imaginable (not). Never mind extinction rebellion, Antifa, animal rights groups, PETA, anti-coal groups, just about anyone on the Left; groups that actually cause harm and disruption all the time in their efforts to overthrow, destroy and transform our society into their ideal.

  10. lotocoti

    right-wing and racist extremism, with a proclivity for violence and terrorism, is on the rise in Australia

    I knew there was something suss about that bloke who stole a horse and rode it through the Jockey Club bar.

  11. candy

    Seems ASIO in cahoots with the AG office, going after Tony Abbott and Andrew Cooper etc.

    They needed to nip this business of the AG going after conservatives earlier. I mean really, the AG office were threatening jail, and Abbott and Cooper have let it go.

    ASIO will probably look at Catallaxy now.

  12. stackja

    ASIO DG Charles Spry was disliked by the left. A good endorsement.

  13. Louis

    So the chimcons have bought more and more of Australia and the region for decades, Islamic terrorists and their support groups have gone from nothing to a substantial drain on government resources. But apparently it’s always the ring-wing racists who are always on the rise.

  14. billie

    speedbox, it hasn’t been DSTO for some years now – it’s DSTG, demoted from an Organisation to a Group

    essentially so that the warfighter had more of a voice in the outcomes from the research folks. previously they nodded wisely when asked to do something, then turned up later with something completely different and wanted more funds, which the military could not withhold due to the old DSTO structure

    now they can .. until the next change of government I’m guessing

    some good research, sadly most of it sits on shelves at DSTG or gets licenced by local comapnies in SA and locked up, supposedly they are meant to continue research and take it to market. they don’t, they wait till defence wants it then charge them an arm and a leg for it

    the DSTG business office is a joke, they have no clue about business and no clue what is being done at DSTG or by whom

    csiro are not much different

    anytime Ausrtalian research is mentioned, they get out the old “we invented wifi” bullshyte, (we invented a tiny bit of it and then forgot till someone overseas mentioned it) or the Hills hoist and Victa mower

    startups are rare here, we should have hundreds if not thousands each year, but we have a handful that are successful only

    what would anyone steal?

  15. cuckoo

    According to the ABC this morning, this speech was all about Nazis under the bed. Nazis…I hate these guys…but where would the ABC be without them?

  16. Roger

    right-wing and racist extremism, with a proclivity for violence and terrorism, is on the rise in Australia

    By my rough count there have been a dozen terror plots or actual acts carried out by ‘radicalised’ adherents of a certain religion in Australia over the last 5 years, including the most recent knife attack in Brisbane’s CBD.

    There have been two plots uncovered by security authorities which could be characterised as motivated by an extreme right wing or anti-leftist ideology.

  17. calli

    Yes, Roger.

    If SlimSlam is so dangerously “right wing”, why do lefties love it so much?

    Disposable Shock Troops?

  18. Des Deskperson

    ‘Seems ASIO in cahoots with the AG office, going after Tony Abbott and Andrew Cooper etc.’

    Candy, AGs officers were ‘going after’ Abbot and Copper because that is what they are required to do under the legislation, that and the fact that they are obliged by law to exercise their powers objectively and apolitically. Dreyfus ‘s motive in drawing the matter to their attention was, of course, political, but the APS employees themselves had no choice but to act, particularly as they received no guidance from their Minister, even though a senior advise was present at the Dreyfus meting. .

    The fact that the same AGs employees were ‘going after’ Nine Fairfax over Al Jazeera footage showing senior PHON people behaving badly would seem to indicate that they don’t just target conservatives.

    The problem is, of course, the legislation itself.

  19. stackja

    Alo-Bridget Namoa & Bassam Hamzy: J-had1 bride’s prison letters
    The j-had1 bride convicted alongside her husband over the 2015 New Year’s Eve stabbing terror attack plot repeatedly wrote jail letters to murderous Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and penned threats to the NSW prison boss, it can be revealed.

    LUCY HUGHES JONES, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only
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    February 23, 2020 10:02pm

    The j-had1 bride in Australia’s Bonnie and Clyde terror duo repeatedly wrote jail letters to murderous Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and penned threats to the NSW prison boss offering to send him images of “beautiful beheadings” when she got out.

    The malicious missives can be revealed as part of prison letters involving extremist couple Alo-Bridget Namoa and Sameh Bayda after they were jailed for plotting a 2015 New Year’s Eve stabbing terror attack in Sydney.

    Last June the federal attorney-general stepped in to stop the couple getting parole but Namoa has since been released in December while Bayda was freed when his full sentence expired in January.

    Under Namoa’s interim control order conditions she must abide by a night-time curfew, report weekly to Fairfield police station and has strict controls on her internet, phone and social media use to prevent her accessing I-S propaganda.

    She is also banned from communicating with any prisoner including Hamzy, contacting anyone in Turkey, Iraq or Syria and from visiting Sydney Airport and Karroum’s Punchbowl address.

  20. Archivist

    There are two issues here. First, the extent of foreign espionage and interference. The second is whether increased powers, particularly decryption powers, are needed to counter it.

    The espionage effort against Australia today, Burgess says, is “unprecedented”. Similarly, the clandestine — and at times corrupt and coercive — effort to interfere in our politics.

    He’s not making this up.
    Sinc responds, tongue firmly in cheek:

    You mean like GetUp?

    Well. Getup’s largest individual donor is the Sunrise Project, a mysterious, foreign-funded Australian “charity” (one of many). Certainly, GetUp itself has built a large base of micro donors which it’s reasonably transparent about, and is mostly funded by Australians. Other activist groups are less transparent.

    Across all threat categories, digital technology, especially encryption, has made ASIO’s work harder.

    Has it, though? Would their job be “easy” if encryption didn’t exist? Or would they merely have a different set of equally thorny challenges?

    If there really are huge networks of foreign agents, the best way to do make the case for more powers and/or resources is maybe to arrest some of them. The Chinese and Americans both do it, but Australia is too timid and uncertain. Don’t tell us about the threat: show us. Because after all, what’s the point of increased power if you can’t use it?

  21. right-wing and racist extremism, with a proclivity for violence and terrorism, is on the rise in Australia Where are they what rubbish from this man must think we are all stupid

  22. jupes

    … Mr Burgess said ASIO had intercepted and disrupted a foreign intelligence service agent sent as a “sleeper” agent to Australia.

    But not arrested? Why not? I believe Chicom spies / agents are definitely a problem but so many of them are hiding in plain sight, supported by the Australian government. The Confucius Centers should all be shut down.

    We’ve been hearing this a lot recently. Okay – so on the one hand universities are full of otherwise unemployable morons teaching courses in post-modern basket weaving but somehow this is where the government hides all its industrial-military secrets?

    Don’t be obtuse Sinc. Just recently it was reported that the Chicoms were conducting joint research with an Australian university to enhance their submarine capability. That is stupid and treasonous on the university’s part.

    For while the threat may have plateaued in some analytical fashion, the number of terrorist leads ASIO is following is twice what it was a year ago. Twice.

    Nevertheless our stupid and craven government has done nothing to stop I*l*mic immigration. Oh that’s right; the last ASIO boss claimed that M*sl*ms are crucial in the fight against I*l*mic terrorism, so the more we import the more intelligence we will get.

    We are not picking our best to lead these organisations that’s for sure.

  23. jupes

    Burgess is also absolutely clear that right-wing and racist extremism, with a proclivity for violence and terrorism, is on the rise in Australia.

    “Right wing and racist extremism”. Is that two things or one thing. I know what racist extremism is but what exactly is right wing extremism? The New Zealand murderer was a lefty.

  24. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    what exactly is right wing extremism?

    Flagrantly advocating for low taxes, small government and winding back the nanny state.

    The New Zealand murderer was a lefty.

    Not according to good ol’ Slo Mo.

  25. jupes

    Not according to good ol’ Slo Mo.

    Would love to have seen a real journalist question SloMo on that. Surely the leader of an allegedly “right wing” party isn’t saying that racism is “right wing”? Is he?

  26. Entropy

    If there really are huge networks of foreign agents, the best way to do make the case for more powers and/or resources is maybe to arrest some of them. The Chinese and Americans both do it, but Australia is too timid and uncertain. Don’t tell us about the threat: show us. Because after all, what’s the point of increased power if you can’t use it?

    Sing me no song! Read me no rhyme!
    Don’t waste my time, Show me!
    Don’t talk of Righties, Don’t talk of spies!
    Don’t talk at all! Show me!
    Never do I ever want to hear another word.
    There isn’t one I haven’t heard
    Show me!

  27. Chris M

    There may be ‘commies under the bed’ but if you say, are employed by a university that depends upon them financially you will likely be fine with that and even welcome it.

  28. vlad

    THERE ARE COMMIES UNDER THE BED

    I take that to mean you’re an anti-anti-communist. People who think that line good for a giggle generally are.

    There are chicoms under the bed, in the bed, on top of the bed and shitting in the bed. We should be more worried by them than by the coronavirus.

  29. Professor Fred Lenin

    How mant arabic speaking muslims does ASIO employ? Hiw many sleepers does it have in suspect mosques and muslim prganisations? This would be a basic intelligence Requirement , the danger from extreme right would be minimal compared to islamist extremism. Get up and antifa also come under suspicion as they are foreign funded ,soros white anters also .

  30. Squirrel

    Even at the risk of losing our world-leading basket-weaving techniques, the focus on universities is probably a bit of a forlorn effort – basket-weavers are invariably and irredeemably one-world globalists, and well known to be hostile to the patriarchal, imperialist, colonialist, paper-tiger nation state, so one way or another, the secrets will get out.

    On the other hand, not being blown-up or otherwise massacred – whether through deliberate targeting or as collateral damage – is an appealing thought, so I’m quite happy for the trench-coat brigade to go after the righteous nutjobs.

  31. Tel

    Those sneaky little sneaks are looking for intelligence in Australian universities.

    Ha ha! Check and mate!!

  32. Burgess is a tireless self promoter, there must be something in it for him.

  33. Tel

    Don’t be obtuse Sinc. Just recently it was reported that the Chicoms were conducting joint research with an Australian university to enhance their submarine capability. That is stupid and treasonous on the university’s part.

    The Australians will probably be teaching the Chicoms the correct sequence to pick up the silver knives and forks at those amazing dinners put on by the French Department of Get Boozed Up And Sign Here … that would be the sum total of their knowledge regarding submarines.

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