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Monday, December 26, 2005

Asking the impossible

Australia's top spy is in the business of wishful thinking:

"New ASIO director-general Paul O'Sullivan has warned his spy network not to allow politics to colour their intelligence-gathering and to avoid overstepping their new counter-terrorism powers.

"As spy agencies around the world reel from accusations of political bias, Mr O'Sullivan has told the intelligence community "judgments need to be unbiased and not influenced by political considerations".

"'What the Government needs is balanced assessments that draw on both classified and unclassified information,' he told 200 new spies from several security agencies in a speech.

"Western intelligence agencies have been heavily criticised in the past three years for being too beholden to their political masters."

The intelligence services, especially in a post 9/11 world, have become increasingly politicised, to the point where governments only want to hear viewpoints from a certain political perspective. Lance Collins, former senior intelligence officer and now whistleblower, explains:

"The system is very heavily weighted to produce a certain answer that is acceptable to a certain political party and its agenda rather than the nation and its well-being."

4 Comments:

Blogger orang said...

"NEW ASIO director-general Paul O'Sullivan has warned his spy network not to allow politics to colour their intelligence-gathering and to avoid overstepping their new counter-terrorism powers."

Waaaaahahaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 26, 2005 7:06:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"NEW ASIO director-general Paul O'Sullivan, in direct contravention of all past practices and a deep-seated natural inclination, has warned......"

O'Sullivan was immediately detained under Section 345, sub-clause III(a), of the new sedition act. He has not been heard from by his family since. In fact, no-0one has heard from his family since either. His dog would make no comment ... on account of the fact that it fell of its donkey and broke its neck.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 12:37:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

No, that was the uncle. The dog shot himself in the head twice.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 5:58:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ahh yes, that's right. Apparently the dog has also had links to Al Qaeda and was a pet of both Arafat and Saddam in the mid-90s.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 1:07:00 pm  

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