If you can find anything substantive – anything at all – in the unclassified summary report of the Independent Review of Australia’s intelligence community, perhaps you should apply for a job at one of the agencies reviewed. Given one of the report’s coauthors is an academic theologian, it’s perhaps not surprising that much of the unclassified summary is a rather engagingly written discussion of applied epistemology.
There is the odd interesting tidbit – covert intelligence is apparently becoming “more difficult to obtain”. Facebook making it harder to come up with plausible cover identities for spies, perhaps?
But would it have hurt to have interrupted this entertaining essay with just the odd paragraph addressing the issues raised in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s submission about the Kafkaesque black hole that asylum-seekers waiting on security assessments, or given adverse ones? The odd sentence, please?
Elsewhere: Lee Rhiannon wants to know whether the massive increase in the budgets of Australia’s intelligence agencies are worthwhile, and in this vein would like some sense of what the hell the extra cash has been spent on.