New powers are being given to ASIO. Apart from needing just a single warrant to access the entire Internet which is scary enough, there is more. Some of which will disrupt, if not nullify other Laws in all Australian jurisdictions.
“ASIO will also be able to copy, delete, or modify the data held on any of the computers it has a warrant to monitor. The bill also allows ASIO to disrupt target computers, and use innocent third-party computers not targeted in order to access a target computer.”
The key word here is “Modify”. To copy is what we would expect from a security force. To delete is just as expected.
Having access to all my data and being permitted to alter it, ASIO will be able to play games with my Blog, my Facebook Page, my Twitter Account and anything else I write and store online. (That reminds me, I MUST be more careful in future with my scurrilous limericks on Groups Google.)
If I suddenly find potentially libellous or defamatory posts on my blog, such as a post which suggests that tony abbott is a paedophile or a treasonous post suggesting that tony abbott be executed then I can now legitimately claim that I had nothing to do with those posts. That they were planted to implicate me in some nefarious plot. Or so that I can be hauled into court, bankrupted and banned from cyberspace. Just so that my voice can be silenced should it become an annoyance to those in power.
Nothing we read online can now be trusted. There is no guarantee that what we read was written by the purported author. No libel case will be able to be prosecuted in future because there is no proof that the person charged wrote the libel.
“MODIFY”! Come off it, abbott and Shorten. You both voted for this, you both are culpable in the death of free speech in Australia. By stealth and almost in secret, on the pretext of protecting us from terrorists you have chosen to “MODIFY” Australia, the Fifth Estate and every user of the Internet.
You now have given yourselves the power to silence everyone. You have given yourselves the power to jail any dissenters.
You have turned Australia into a police state.