I will say this, while I’m allowed to say it!
Two days later, on the 20th September, we read in News.com.au that “ASIO torture ruled out of new national security laws proposed by George Brandis”
Four days after that, on 24th September, further new security laws suddenly appeared and were passed by the Senate, not in weeks or days but in hours. Benn Grubb was headlined by the SMH with “New laws could give ASIO a warrant for the entire internet, jail journalists and whistleblowers.“
So now we know that ASIO (or any of the rest of Australia’s acronymical agencies) cannot torture people, innocent or guilty.
But how the hell do we know that?
- Any reporting by those acronymcial agencies is done to closed Parliamentary Committees.
- Any whistleblower will be arrested and subjected to the non-torture being whistleblown for up to ten years.
- Journalists are not allowed to report or to question anyone about these “on-waterboard” matters.
- Bloggers and other cyber-citizens who make up the Fifth Estate will be under complete scrutiny.
- Those Bloggers and other cyber-citizen and will be under threat of that non-existent torture and those ten years of incarceration.
- All those park benches will again become “drops” in a return to decybered Cold War spycraft skills.
There will be none of that pesky reporting of breaches of human rights. There will be none of that vindictive whistleblowing.
So how will we know that there is no torture taking place? We will have George Brandis’ word for it.
And if you cannot trust a Minister of the Crown, who can you trust?