New Anti-Terrorist Laws Threaten the Privacy of Non-Terrorists
By Victoria Saule
The Australian version of the CIA, ASIO, may obtain the power to access all of your internet adventures - but on the upside, they won’t be able to torture you for anything they find.
Civilian internet privacy will effectively be challenged by the National Security Amendment Legislation Bill currently being rushed through parliament, according to Queensland Barrister Stephen Keim.
“We are talking about passing something through parliament within weeks, then that meets my definition of rushing it through parliament”
"Lawyers associations, police associations, academics, journalists who may be affected - everybody - should have the proper opportunity to study the legislation and make submissions.” Keim told the ABC.
The laws, regarded as “urgent” by Attorney General George Brandis, target the phenomenon of “home-grown” terrorism and will give ASIO unrestricted access to information viewed by citizens on a variety of devices with only a computer warrant.
This agenda was escalated by the recent shooting of an alleged teenage Jihadist in Melbourne.
“I think this Parliament is being bullied to pass something in the heat of a national security crisis that we will later regret, as we regretted an earlier tranche of legislation that we passed in 2005," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam told Fairfax Media.
Don’t worry serial internet porn watchers; the laws will only be an issue for you if you’re in the process of booking a holiday to a war zone or affiliated with terrorist associations.
While rumours that the laws will give ASIO the power to torture terrorists have been squashed, ASIO will be given the licence to kill out of self-defence.
Many non-terrorist citizens fear these new laws mark the beginning of a 1984-esque era in Australia.