Australia: A Police State

By STEVEN TRITTON The government is charting an audacious new course in the ‘war against terrorism’ and it has important implications for us all. At the time of writing, the Australian parliament has passed the first of three tranches of controversial new national security legislation. Officially known as the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, these new laws are an affront to democracy and mark an unprecedented threat to the freedom and privacy of all Australians. The … [Read more...]

Spying, Prying & Lying: The Rise of Global Digital Surveillance

By PATRICK HENNINGSEN Books have been written about [US] President Eisenhower’s famous farewell warning in 1961 about the “military-industrial complex,” and what he described as its “unwarranted influence.” But an even greater leviathan today, one that the public knows little about, is the “intelligence-industrial complex.” – Michael Hirsh, National Journal1 In our interconnected global digital society, there appears to be no escape from the issue of digital surveillance. Regardless of … [Read more...]