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Alarmed by the “Arab Spring”—the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt that last year ushered in a new period of class struggle internationally—Australia’s six civilian and military intelligence agencies are preparing for unpredictable political upheavals, abroad and at home
These laws define terrorism in such sweeping terms that it can cover many forms of political dissent and protest. They expand the surveillance and computer-hacking powers of the security forces, provide for semi-secret trials and erode fundamental legal principles, such as habeas corpus (no detention without trial), the right to silence and the presumption of innocence.
Irvine’s emphasis on working with large corporations to monitor and combat what he called “a malicious by-product of the information technology age” has ominous implications for freedom of expression on the Internet.
This is very much an Australian phenomenon. There are a number of Lebanese descendant communities in Europe and the US - significantly larger than in Australia. Yet, according to Zammit, the US and Europe ''almost never experience [al-Qaeda style] jihadist-related terrorism attempts by members of these communities''. Read more: www.smh.com.au...
FEARS are growing within Defence that the Gillard government plans to cut the number of its military attaches, advisers and support staff as part of a $20 billion strategic savings drive over the next decade.
“The Review demonstrated that the investment in the intelligence community over the past decade had resulted in more capability and increased performance,” she said.
Originally posted by kwakakev
With Australia's multicultural mix it is standard for international conflicts to be reflected here. Take the Serbia and Croatia football riots when they where at war as one example. Now with this long and protracted WW3 gearing up for the next stage it is just going to get hotter. With the West making the march through the Middle East, either the East will finally stand up or the corruption in the West will be exposed and fall.