Whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about government spying continue to make waves -- this time it is Australia getting soaked.
A Freedom of Information request, by ABC, to the Australian government revealed that the Attorney General's Department prepared a secret ministerial briefing in March, reports the Guardian.
Thank heavens for Freedom of Information Acts, is all this blogger can say.
The Oz government was aware of America's so-called secret spy program at least two months before the Guardian revealed the existence of PRISM, by way of Snowden.The Guardian report says:
A freedom of information request by the ABC has confirmed officials in the Attorney General's Department prepared a secret briefing for the minister on Prism in March 2013, more than two months before the first story was published revealing the electronic surveillance and data mining program undertaken covertly by US agencies.
Green party senator in Australia, Scott Ludlam, said "The Australian government has tried to be completely opaque about this. And what we find are attorneys general, either of the Labor or the Liberal variety, will just wave their hands and say 'national security', and that's meant to make you stop asking questions."
Is there any wonder that voters in the west are by and large disillusioned about their political leaders? Gone are the days when those people could pull the wool completely over our eyes. They still do so but now we see flickers of reality through the wool.
Australians will today wake up to the fact that their politicians cannot be trusted. Irrespective of political persuasion they tell lies. What many people suspected is proved true. Liars one and all.
Our freedoms are being whittled away all in the name of national security. Yet terrorism around the world is one the increase and incidents like the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, the Boston Marathon bomings and the Kenyan Mall massacre continue.
For all the spying we are less safe than ever.
Can our politicians explain that? Probably but only with more lies.