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Finally, some Snowden documents on Australia

Finally, some Snowden documents on Australia A full four years after they were provided by Snowden to journalists, the first documents focused on Australia became available in August 2017 through a joint investigation by the ABC’s Peter Cronau and The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher. While these documents were

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Waihopai Spy Base Protest

On Saturday 28 January 2017, seventy peace people gathered at the annual protest at the Waihopai spy base run by the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) on behalf the US National Security Agency (NSA). Surrounded by vineyards, trees laden with fruit and mountains, this abomination is

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Dropping the C Bomb

In his new film Zero Days, Alex Gibney uses the Stuxnet weapon created by the US and Israel as a context and pretext to talk about cyber weapons, cyber war and call for cyber peace. A “zero day” is a technical term for a software bug. It

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The Antennas of Pine Gap

A report by Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, and Richard Tanter, ‘The Antennas of Pine Gap’, NAPSNet Special Report, was published on 22 February 2016. Download the report here Some photos in the report taken by me on 23 January 2016 are available in high resolution below

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Déjà vu or is this new?

How unique is Edward Snowden among national security whistleblowers? Is his new or old information about mass surveillance? Given the Five Eyes intelligence sharing arrangement has been in place for almost seventy years, Snowden’s evidence of its reach and power to impact political rights, democracy and technology

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PhD = Press Here Dummy

In a previous life, I had a morbid fascination with the violence of nuclear weapons; nuclear threats, nuclear tests, nuclear deterrence and nuclear war planning.  What will it take to bring disarmament? Why isn’t it happening given it is the democratic will of the vast majority of countries on earth

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