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ASIO ate my homework

 

With the freedom lovers restricting freedom even further to defend freedom, (oh, and don’t forget security), I am reminded of this from Peter Arnett about Bến Tre city in Vietnam on 7 February 1968.

He wrote that a US army commander said:

It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.

Listening to our Prime Minister and Attorney-General recently on more ASIO powers and restrictions on the media I think what they are saying is that it has become necessary to destroy freedom to save it.

Apart from jailing journalists for the crime of exposing ASIO’s crimes, the legislation gives far-reaching powers to ASIO to hack the net and change material. As a parliamentary committee said:

The amendment would enable ASIO to use a third party computer or ‘communication in transit’ in order to access data held on a target computer. If necessary to achieve the purpose, ASIO would also be able to add, copy, delete or alter data on the third party computer or communication in transit.

So the kids of radical leftists will now be able to say that ASIO ate their homework. Any attempt by teachers to elicit information could then be met with the claim that to reveal more would render the children liable for prosecution under section 35P of the ASIO Act which makes it a crime punishable by ten years in jail to reveal details of ASIO operations.   There is one small silver lining to these profound attacks on our freedoms.

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Comment from Ross
Time September 29, 2014 at 6:07 am

See Naomi Wolf’s 10 easy steps to fascism. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/apr/24/usa.comment The USA is well on the way there and we follow.

They desperately want powers to silence dissent. This is not about protecting us from terrorists since the USA and Britain are the cause of most terrorism. Our Oligarchs are getting very desperate. John Howard has come out recently saying he was given wrong intelligence on Iraq. How do we know most of this intelligence is slanted to push our Govts into war ? Howard in my view is hedging his bets and knows he could be charged with war crimes as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George Bush were found guilty of war crimes in a Tribunal in Kuala Lumpur 2012.These people now have to be careful where they travel as they can be arrested.

I’ve read from 2 sources that Germany and France have boots on the ground in the Ukraine fighting against this USA inspired fascist Govt. These two countries are siding with Russia because they want their economies to survive.

In terms of human rights I trust none of these Oligarchs but for the survival of our species ,Russia and China are definitely the lesser of two evils as this point.

So if you want fascism , just remain ignorant and gutless. Perhaps in the future you can tell your grandchildren how noble and brave you were in having total faith in your Govt.

Comment from John
Time September 29, 2014 at 7:29 am

People throw around the word fascism too easily. This is not fascism. Fascism has a particular meaning in a particular context. Fascism is on the rise, in Europe for example, and the election of the Front National the other day for the first time to the French Senate is one example of its growth. Repressive laws are not all fascist laws are an indicator of fascism. We still have trade unions, opposition parties, elections etc. These are not fundamentally under threat.

France and Germany aren’t siding with Russia by putting boots on the ground.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time September 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I saw an interesting new commentator on a weekend political program. He said that we already have 42 anti-terrorist laws and posed the question: “How many more do we need?”

I would argue that our trade unions and the ACTU are no longer working for the Australian people, because they send a delegate to a global union body. At the same time, we have the leader of the IMF stating on national television that unions and business need to work together to achieve labour market reforms.

I take this to mean taking away penalty rates, reducing wages, working hours and working conditions for western nations to bring them down to a new global low. It would appear that Labor and Coalition are both doing the UN’s bidding.

The UN also supports the diminution of the welfare system’s of western nations, at the same time that they are telling us we have a AAA credit rating.

I think we need to form new unions which are actually working for Australians instead of the UN, and start withdrawing from international agreements which sell us out as a nation.

If unions give money to Labor, they are certainly not supporting their members.

Comment from Ross
Time September 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I’m not saying John that the intelligence is 100% correct but Germany financially,has too many vital links to Russia to just fall off a cliff on the Command of US Oligarchs.

There is no way Germany will accept economic suicide just to prop up the banker oligarchs of Britain and the USA.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time September 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Well how does that relate to this, Ross? Some of the most wealthy banking families in the USA are German.