Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is trying to convince people that the domestic spook agencies – the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) – will be able, using similar data, to predict and anticipate the kinds of events that the Americans have not been able to detect.
Yet nobody is asking how this will be achieved. Are the Australian agencies in some way superior to their American counterparts? Or do they have some secret weapon which the rest of the world does now know about?
Remember, the amount of data that Australia proposes to collect is minuscule in comparison to the NSA’s treasure trove.