Latest Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Stories

2005-11-02 20:17:51

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian government warning about a possible "terrorist threat" was prompted by fears that home-grown extremists were moving closer to attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, local media reported on Thursday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday he had received specific information about a possible "terrorist threat," but refused to give any details about the nature or location of the threat. "The intelligence relates to home-grown terror suspects...

2005-11-02 00:35:35

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has received specific information about a possible "terrorist threat" to the country, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday, but Australia's medium security alert remained unchanged. A staunch U.S. ally with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil. The country has been on medium security alert since shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. "The...

2005-09-15 22:37:04

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A U.S. peace activist has been expelled from Australia over security concerns and handed an A$11,700 ($8,982) bill to cover his detention and deportation costs. Scott Parkin, who arrived in Australia in June, was sent back to the United States on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), a spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said on Friday. "I'm just completely baffled by all of this," Parkin told reporters in Los...

2005-08-08 01:29:46

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Foreign troops must aim to withdraw from Iraq by the end of next year to remove one of the biggest focal points for militant groups, former Australian defense force chief General Peter Cosgrove said. "I think we've got to train the Iraqis as quickly as we can and to a point where we take one of the focal points of terrorist motivation away, and that is foreign troops," said Cosgrove, who retired from the top military post a month ago. "When there is an adequate Iraqi...

2005-07-09 21:36:38

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced a reshuffle of his key intelligence and security staff on Sunday, including the appointment of a foreign affairs specialist as the head of the nation's chief spy agency. Howard said Paul O'Sullivan, a deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and adviser on his staff, would take over as director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). Australia, a close ally of the United...

2005-06-28 07:05:54

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian anti-terror officials haveraided homes in major cities for the second time in a week,officials said on Tuesday, but refused to comment on reportsthe raids involved Islamic extremists and plots to attacklandmarks. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said the AustralianSecurity Intelligence Organization (ASIO) executed searchwarrants on homes in Sydney and Melbourne on Monday, butrefused to give details. "We do not target Muslims, we target people of interest.Nobody...

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