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Australia: Feds raid home of journalist who exposed mass warrant-less spying.

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posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 07:48 PM
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Federal police raid home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst .


The Australian federal police have raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst investigating the publication of a leaked plan to allow government spying on Australians.

In April 2018 Smethurst reported that the heads of the defence and home affairs ministries had discussed draconian new powers to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australian citizens for the first time.

The raid prompted outrage from News Corp Australia, which labelled it a “dangerous act of intimidation” targeted at public interest reporting.

In the United States, this was the principle behind the First Amendment, the ability to criticize your government without fear of repercussion.

Although we know thats not how are public servants operate.

When Nixon’s Henchmen Plotted to Assassinate a Journalist with drugs.

Imagine what we dont know...

Generally speaking, it seems like the world's governments act in unison.

We know that the UK is the world's largest surveillance State.

Not to be outdone, we came to find out about the NSA mass warrant-less spying on the American people.

We now know that all of our electronic communications are being monitored and recorded.

Whats the saying? First they come for your guns...

Australia’s 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn’t Work – And it Wouldn’t Work in America.


edit on 4-6-2019 by gladtobehere because: typo




posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 08:04 PM
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a reply to: gladtobehere

Whats chilling to me is the silence around this (not isolated case, but trend).

Everyone is willing to complain about the quality of "news" we get while cheering the idea of silencing or staying mute when a real dissident gets charged.



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 08:14 PM
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originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: gladtobehere

Whats chilling to me is the silence around this (not isolated case, but trend).

Everyone is willing to complain about the quality of "news" we get while cheering the idea of silencing or staying mute when a real dissident gets charged.


Conditioning mate. People too focused on abortion and immigration. First teachings of an elite : make unimportant matters important. Make important matters silent.

Looks at how many on this website react. All according to plan. The divide is not a random chaos but a planned motion.



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 08:45 PM
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a reply to: SilentSaturn

Can't say you're wrong. People worry about things that don't effect them while their equity in rights gets sold.



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 08:54 PM
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a reply to: CriticalStinker

Yup.. Look at what the left and right are focusing on while 5g and social media giants take over.... It's all apart of the plan. Hence why trump promoted 5g...

"Divide and conquer" is how they work. They know what makes us tick. They find the most controversial subject and constantly propel them into light.

And that's why this Op wont make top page. Even ATS members are fully submerged in the matrix.


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posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 09:03 PM
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a reply to: gladtobehere

It'd be nice if they had to fear an armed populace, so they'd think twice about ransacking your freedoms.

ETA: I wonder where Jim Jefferies, the "Australian" is on this one?
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posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 09:11 PM
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Looks like a sad day to be Aussie. Sorry guys and gals.

I am wondering how the leftist from that side of the Planet think who visit ATS?



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 09:50 PM
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Even ATS members are fully submerged in the matrix.




I am wondering how the leftist from that side of the Planet think who visit ATS?


quod erat demonstratum



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 10:32 PM
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On Tuesday police executed a warrant investigating the “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret” which they said had the potential to undermine Australia’s national security.



In April 2018 Smethurst reported that the heads of the defence and home affairs ministries had discussed draconian new powers to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australian citizens for the first time.


Laws so secret, it's a danger to national security if you know what they are. Law school must be like a two week course over there.

"We can't tell you what the law is, so just try to make a plea deal for your client and bill 'em for all their worth."

Now, let's go out and spread some of that Western Democracy to all those oppressive regimes out there.



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 11:32 PM
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That policy is normal in other countries, the people of the USA have some extra privileges compared to most other countries. We will be losing these privileges within the next seven years or so, thanks to MSM twisting everything. Maybe MSM is purposely twisting things, an agreement with the Feds to trick people into asking for censorship. Remember, the big wheels in media are very rich, they want more control over the market so they will work with the Feds to make sure they are the only ones allowed to say the news.

Censorship is done in most European countries which includes Canada and Australia.



posted on Jun, 4 2019 @ 11:51 PM
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a reply to: gladtobehere

This is simply a demonstration of why we have the 2nd.
Cant trade liberty for safety boys and girls.
If you do they will take the rest.



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 12:03 AM
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originally posted by: rickymouse
That policy is normal in other countries, the people of the USA have some extra privileges compared to most other countries. We will be losing these privileges within the next seven years or so, thanks to MSM twisting everything. Maybe MSM is purposely twisting things, an agreement with the Feds to trick people into asking for censorship. Remember, the big wheels in media are very rich, they want more control over the market so they will work with the Feds to make sure they are the only ones allowed to say the news.

Censorship is done in most European countries which includes Canada and Australia.


Major correction....they are NOT privileges....they are RIGHTS. And the U.S. Constitution does NOT grant them, nor does the government. The audience for the Constitution is the U.S. Government....it outlines what they CANNOT do to the citizens inherent rights they are born with, please stop spreading lies by calling them privileges.


It is a MAJOR difference.





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posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 02:22 AM
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a reply to: gladtobehere

As of today they now also raided the offices of the ABC looking for the source, and the prime minister scomo ( scott morrison) claims their doing nothing wrong and only upholding the law.

Oppression, oppression. keep em locked in. This world is a disgrace.



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 04:50 AM
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What I'm concerned about is that the authorities knew of the journalists researching it and yet they decide to raid 2 weeks after the federal election while Morrison is in London.

Stinks all round



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 04:54 AM
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a reply to: sine.nomine

What you mean like the USA? What happened to all those arms when the legitimacy of Trump or Obama and the BS politics and the Patriot Act and the surveillance....and...and...

Do the police fear the US armed populace?



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 04:56 AM
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a reply to: myselfaswell

It''ll go over their head




posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 05:01 AM
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a reply to: rickymouse

Huh? Ricky, the powers are already there, no need to wait 7 years.

ncac.org...

April 26, 2002
Investigators can also obtain orders compelling booksellers or librarians to turn over private information about their customers and patrons; a bookseller can be ordered to turn over a list of the books a customer has purchased; a librarian can be compelled to report what books a patron has borrowed and, if the library has computers, what Web sites he or she has visited. These orders can be issued following secret hearings at which a special court hears only the government’s case. The law also forbids booksellers and librarians to make public even the fact that they have received such orders. The Colorado Supreme Court recently addressed the free speech implications of government searches of book purchases, and recognized the general “right to purchase books anonymously, free from governmental interference.” ·

On October 30, 2001, the Attorney General issued regulations permitting warrantless monitoring of attorney-client communications without judicial review under certain circumstances in cases involving terrorism.



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 05:06 AM
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a reply to: CthruU

They know the source

www.smh.com.au...


A former legal adviser to Australia's special forces in Afghanistan, Mr McBride does not dispute that he leaked material to the ABC that formed the basis of a 2017 report called "The Afghan files", which revealed allegations of serious misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan including potential unlawful killings of unarmed men and children.




has been committed to stand trial on the charges in the ACT Supreme Court. He is currently on bail and if found guilty, he faces a potential lengthy prison term or fine.


I think they're intimidating the journalists as "we will get you one way or another"



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 05:10 AM
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originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
a reply to: gladtobehere


What I'm concerned about is that the authorities knew of the journalists researching it and yet they decide to raid 2 weeks after the federal election while Morrison is in London.

Stinks all round



It's probably taken this long to get any evidence of "wrong doing" to authorize a warrant.

Last I heard, doing research isn't a crime. Yet...



posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 06:23 AM
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originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
a reply to: sine.nomine

What you mean like the USA? What happened to all those arms when the legitimacy of Trump or Obama and the BS politics and the Patriot Act and the surveillance....and...and...

Do the police fear the US armed populace?


Normally, black lives matters aside, we support the LEO's and despise the liars in Congress. They are the ones to be scared of the armed populace and are doing everything they can do on one side of this to keep guns in the hands of criminals and get them out of the hands of the potential victims.




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