What would we do without “intelligence officials”?

Intelligence officers also detected a rise in “anti-China” and “anti-migration” sentiment in the community as a result of the global pandemic, although it was not clear whether any threats had been uncovered.

 
Nothing gets past them. That “sentiment” is running against a communist police state whose evil, psychopathic malice has killed hundreds of thousands over the past few months is not something for ASIO to be worried about. It is every Australian patriot’s default position. A more important question is why ASIO would be hostile to that position. Are they seriously comparing opponents of the CCP to terrorists? No. Not seriously. This is another example of the peak spy agency’s daffy headline harvesting. In February – before the virus colonised the news cycle – it was neo-Nazis in garages being used to shake the money tree. Now, “suspicious internet activity” is being cited to justify increased surveillance powers – similar to those used by Beijing.

Among those powers would be the right to interrogate minors as young as 14 without a guardian present and to use tracking devices on cars without a warrant. ASIO says that as “security threats evolve,” its “ability to respond must also evolve.” But trashing fundamental principles of justice is not evolution. It is retrogression: an attack on the rule of law from within, one more damaging than anything being done from without.

Remember the brouhaha in the United States about the Patriot Act following 9/11? What’s being done now or, in this case, proposed in the name of “safety” is a thousand times more damaging – to natural justice, economies and the human psyche. And yet there has been scarcely a murmur of disapproval from ‘progressives.’ It’s time for legislatures to say NO. Warrantless surveillance and the grilling of children is a good place to start. That is unless you mind the possibility of your own child or grandchild being detained one day and worked over for being a conservative. If you think that’s rich, Augusto Zimmermann has a reminder at Quadrant of what Canberra “officials” are capable of.

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25 Responses to What would we do without “intelligence officials”?

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    That “sentiment” is running against a communist police state whose evil, psychopathic malice has killed hundreds of thousands over the past few months is not something for ASIO to be worried about.

    Head of the CIA was Mr John Brennan who voted for the Communist Party of the USA in 1976.
    I’d be quite interested in the voting patterns of ASIO senior officers.
    Especially since ASIO seems to have a fascination with the very few far-right organizations in Australia, if three guys and a cattle dog can comprise an ‘organization’. Curiously they never seem to mention the actual horde of far-left groups.

  2. Rex Anger

    If only we had a TARDIS or some sort of time portal with which to recover Charles Spry and his colleagues to help clean up the mess…

    …Assuming they did not resign on the spot and demand to be sent back because of the complete infiltration and subversion of ASIO by the very people it was set up to catch.

  3. jupes

    Intelligence officers also detected a rise in “anti-China” and “anti-migration” sentiment in the community as a result of the global pandemic,

    Is it illegal to be anti-migration? Is it wrong?

    Why is my attitude to immigration of any interest to these buffoons? Fuck off you hopeless dickheads.

  4. a happy little debunker

    I’m not anti-China, but I think the CCP has to accept responsibility for the human carnage they allowed to fly around the world – whilst they, themselves, restricted movement between Wuhan and other Chinese provinces.

  5. jupes

    A few years ago, ASIO was led by a moron who reckoned that ******* terrorism could only be stopped by an increase in ******* immigrants. Apparently this would result in more good ***** adherents to dob in the bad ones.

    It would appear that a change in leadership hasn’t increased the IQ of these twits.

  6. Scott Osmond

    Yep, scum. Why is it wrong to hold a anti-migration position? You might disagree with it but it’s a public policy so like any other policy up for debate and change. Me thinks that they have so little real work to do that they are on a witch hunt to justify powers and increased budgets. Sack the leadership and fine them 50% of the budget. They will soon get the message that in a democracy they should stay away from a political discussion.

  7. Professor Fred Lenin

    How many spooks has ASIO got on the Andrews China case? Surely a matter worthy of minutely close scrutiny and continued monitoring .
    They used to investigate the late Australoan Communist[arty didnt they ? This is even more important to our country .

  8. Rex Anger

    Agreed, Prof. Hence my earlier comment about what Charles Spry might think of today.

    As the truism goes, any organisation or institution that is not overtly right-wing will become left-wing over time…

  9. Is it illegal to be anti-migration? Is it wrong?

    Why is my attitude to immigration of any interest to these buffoons? Fuck off you hopeless dickheads

    Indeed.

    Keeping an eye on citizens who are anti China however smacks of foreshadowing surrender.

    Shut it down, start again with military officers who have been combat veterans.

    Their loyalty is generally not as easy to compromise as some soft arts/law graduate.

  10. nb

    All I can say is:
    Heaven is eliminating the CCP.
    Skies darken over Beijing.

  11. Rex Anger

    Haiku form, nb?

    Apart from that, I am inclined to agree.

    Anybody know any fortune cookie manufacturers who export to China? 😛

  12. Entropy

    Especially since ASIO seems to have a fascination with the very few far-right organizations in Australia, if three guys and a cattle dog can comprise an ‘organization’. Curiously they never seem to mention the actual horde of far-left groups.

    Maybe that’s what they want the far left to think.

  13. Hay Stockard

    I naively thought a certain religion would be a bit of a worry for the spooks.

  14. Chris M

    Useless pro-fascist ‘spies’ we apparently have, trying to justify their existence as there’s little evidence they’ve achieved much for Australia. Do they forward the list to Red China? I’m so sorry for my criticism of Dan Andrews. Belted road good, orange man bad! Can I pay my fine in baby formula?

  15. NoFixedAddress

    Are Intelligence Officers also known as Intelligence Experts?

    I came across this just before and thought it may be of interest but I have no idea if it works or not.

    https://tails.boum.org/index.en.html

    Tails is a portable operating system that protects your privacy and helps you avoid censorship.

    Tails uses the Tor network to protect your privacy online and help you avoid censorship. Enjoy the Internet like it should be.

    Shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Tails leaves no trace on the computer when shut down.

    Tails includes a selection of applications to work on sensitive documents and communicate securely. Everything in Tails is ready-to-use and has safe defaults.

    You can download Tails for free and independent security researchers can verify our work. Tails is based on Debian GNU/Linux.

  16. stackja

    Stories about Doc Evatt come to mind.

  17. rickw

    It is far safer and easier going after disarmed and patriotic Australians than doing their real job.

    Any decent Government would have given them a slap about the head.

  18. John Bayley

    @NoFixedAddress (#3468864)

    Tails definitely does work, but may be a little too technical for the average user. Also, running an operating system out of a USB stick is probably not something most people want.

    Just use a decent VPN provider and a browser that does not spy on you (i.e. not Google Chrome).

    If you’re savvy enough, the next best step would be not to use Windows, and especially not the malware that’s otherwise known as Windows 10.
    Many Linux distributions these days are just as, if not more, user-friendly than Microsoft’s OS, they cost nothing and they come with heaps of useful software – all free.

    Set these up once & you’re done.

  19. Andre Lewis

    The ASIO story refers to “radicalised teens” as a particular worry and requiring surveillance. Not just Islamic teens by the way, but also “far right radicalised teens”. Try as I might my memory cannot dredge up the last time a radicalised far right teen shot a police worker in cold blood or was arrested for planning a terrorist attack in an Australia city. Maybe other Cats can recall when this happened? ASIO would not make it up would they?

  20. Wow, hatred of China’s communist regime is one of the few things that transcends left and right in Australia.

    ASIO needs the Rabz doctrine.

  21. Rockdoctor

    I find it amazing that the given the overt attempts of influence of CCP at all levels of government, bureaucracy and educational institutions and well organised left leaning agitators with international connections that anti immigration groups are a danger… Skinheads & Jack Van Tongren types always seemed too illdiciplined a rabble in the ’90’s to ever be a real threat in a much less fractured society then we have today. Surely the rank & file in ASIO & ASIS know better and are keeping tabs unhindered on the real threats.

  22. Cynic of Ayr

    Well, this is good!
    I hereby give permission to the moderator to give my email to ASIO, when they come calling and asking for it.
    1. My personal opinion is that the Chinese Communist Party is the most evil, murdering, lying, thieving and manipulative body of people on Earth. Adolf was an amateur compared to these bastards.
    2. I hate Xi Ping with a passion!
    3. If I was able to, I would immediately return to China, any Chinese University Student on a Visa, who has displayed the slightest interest in campaigning against Australia. There are videos of them freely available!
    4. It is my personal opinion on anything Chinese, that gives ASIO the shits!

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Stories about Doc Evatt come to mind.

    The “Doc” Evatt, who ended his career as Chief Justice of New South Wales? “Incontinent, barking mad, and completely unable to comprehend anything but the most basic of evidence tendered to him?” That “Doc” Evatt?

  24. Colonel Crispin Berka

    The Progressive Left would have a field day if they were to quote this out of context.

    Warrantless surveillance and the grilling of children is a good place to start.

    I cannot agree with you here, currencylad, the grilling chars and destroys the flavour. This Colonel obviously is more of a Kentucky Fried Children kind of guy. Have very much missed my formerly staple diet during the quarantine period, although the school closures meant that ferals were easier to catch. Funny how “duty of care” ended the moment a paid holiday was on the table.

    Yes the above satire is tempting fate given who the article is being written about. I have every confidence that PositivedVettedPlod has superior humour and toothless tiger detection skills – if only to avoid embarrassing incidents of passing false positives up the chain.

    Aight, seriouslar.

    The main enabling factor of the rise of the Surveillance State is the same as the recent Quarantine State; a complete obsession on one extreme narrow goal while politicians shirk their responsibility to balance the conflicting desires of different subcultures in society. The chief spymaster is, unforuntately, just doing his job, the Chief Medical Officers are just doing their job, the camp guards at Auschwitz sadly were just doing their job, but are our politicians doing their job? What happens when someone’s job is morally wrong. How does the public service know if they are a service to the public? Possibly the public itself is not taking enough of an active role in our democracy and we cannot leave it to election times to tap the tiller.

  25. duncanm

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