In capital cities around Australia, 9 November marked ’Stop the Prosecution!s’ day when supporters called on Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter to end the secret trials of Witness K from ASIS and his lawyer Bernard Collaery. Their trials – secret evidence in closed courts – are contrary to the rule of law, which the AG is supposedly the guardian of.
Longtime security shenanigans observer, Jack Waterford, says giving executive power to ASIO was a big mistake, and exposes the hypocrisy of its recent claim to be offended by critical comments in relation to its China briefings, which compromise our diplomatic efforts.
France’s Yellow Vesters will carry a message from the heart of Australia, Alice Springs, all the way to Julian Assange in Belmarsh jail in England. Assange is in jail for ‘jumping bail’ and hiding out at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London…but the USA wants to extradite him to a possible death sentence in American courts. The Alice rally is on 25 January at 4.30pm. Other rallies are being held nationally and internationally. More rallies are scheduled for late February, as Assange’s court hearing begins.
So secret was the trial and jailing of the ACT’s mystery prisoner that even the territory’s Minister for Corrections, who is also Minister for Justice, did not know about the case until the story broke in the media. Minister Shane Rattenbury still does not know on what grounds he locked up a prisoner for 18 months: he doesn’t know what the prisoner was charged with, or what the prisoner was convicted of. CLA poses some questions to Commonwealth authorities, including Supreme Courts.
The CIA is become the Stasi of the States, or a state unto itself. Why would Australia work with an agency that its own Congress and people can’t trust? 11 Dec 2014
Delivering the Lionel Murphy memorial lecture for 2014, Prof George Williams gave this excellent rundown of the status of Australia’s terror laws. MPs, please take note. 6 Nov 2014
Australia’s fear meter is ramped to red alert…mainly so scared citizens won’t become angry over new laws that further restrict civil liberties and invade our privacy. 12 Sept 2014
ASIO is in the subterfuge game. That’s why they’re saying harsh anti-privacy laws are targeting jihadists. But that’s not the reason the laws were written. 26 Aug 2014
The US National Security Agency is itself a threat to national security, international IT expert and security guru, Bruce Schneier says. And security is more important than surveillance.
Our personal privacy took a battering in the past year from our own government and the America’s NSA. What have Australians lost, and how do we get it back?