Australian national security intelligence collection since 9/11: Policy and legislative challenges

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A key lesson from 9/11 was that intelligence agencies could no longer simply wait for information to arrive. The enhanced threat from Al Qaeda and their global franchises required an extensive and ‘real-time’ collection of intelligence. This new operating environment has refashioned Australian and other Five Eyes countries, therefore, to be more active ‘hunters’ of information. This chapter examines both policy and counter-terrorism legislative landmarks underpinning intelligence collection since 9/11, and the many challenges Australian agencies have faced managing policy and legislative reform. The Australian counter-terrorism response is then compared briefly to the Canadian policy and legislative context to identify common and unique challenges by policymakers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNational security, surveillance, and terror
Subtitle of host publicationCanada and Australia in comparative perspective
Editors Darren Palmer, Randy K. Lippert, Kevin Walby, Ian Warren
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319432434
ISBN (Print)9783319432427
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameCrime Prevention and Security Management


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