United Press International

 

United Press International. "Australia Beefs Up Counterterrorism Agency." Washington Times, 16 Oct. 2005. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]

On 16 October 2005, The Age newspaper reported that "Australia will double the size" of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIO) "over the next five years to combat the threat of home-grown terrorists.... Attorney General Philip Ruddock said the increase had been recommended in a confidential review" by former ASIO head Allan Taylor.

[Australia/00s]

United Press International. "CIA Opens Center for Climate Change." 28 Sep. 2009. [http://www.upi.com]

CIA Director Leon Panetta has announced plans to create a "Center on Climate Change and National Security to examine the national security impact of environmental issues such as population shifts, rising sea levels and increased competition for natural resources.... The CIA will use the center to coordinate with other members of the intelligence community to review and declassify imagery and other data for use in environmental and climate-related issues."

[CIA/00s/09; GenPostwar/NatSec/Env]

United Press International. "French Minister Breaks Ranks on Spy System." 8 Sep. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]

The London Times reported on 8 September 2008 that "French Defense Minister Herve Morin says he questions the purpose of President Nicolas Sarkozy's new internal intelligence computer system dubbed 'Edvige.'" The system "has been set up as a security measure to collect personal data on French citizens, ranging from their circles of friends to their sexual preferences."

[France/00s]

United Press International. "Five Convicted of Terror Plot in Australia." 16 Oct. 2009. [http://www.upi.com]

According to prosecutors, a jury has convicted "five Muslim men on charges of conspiring to plan a terrorist attack." The Crown Prosecutor "said police found instructions for building bombs in their homes along with literature, videos and CDs glorifying the terrorist acts of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. Police also found high-powered guns and mobile phones set up with fake names which were used to place bulk orders for bomb-making chemicals."

[Australia/00s/09]

United Press International. "Germany to Tighten Control of Spy Agencies." 24 Mar. 2009. [http://www.upi.com]

Der Spiegel reports that "Germany plans to tighten parliamentary control of its intelligence services." A draft law "would expand the authorities of a parliamentary commission established to control the moves of the German intelligence services operating inside and outside of the country.... It would abolish a provision that requires witnesses from inside the services to first inform their superiors before filing a complaint with the commission; it would also enable the release of official statements connected to the proceedings of the commission, which meets behind closed doors."

[Germany/00s]

United Press International. "Hayden Names New Director for Intelligence." 13 Mar. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]

According to a CIA report, DCIA Mike Hayden has announced that "current Associate Deputy Director Michael Morell will succeed John Kringen as the agency's director for intelligence at the beginning of May.... Officials say Kringen has been moved to a senior intelligence community post. Current CIA Director for Support Scott White will succeed Morell as associate deputy director.

[CIA/Components/DCIA & DI]

United Press International. "Japan to Establish Intelligence Agency." 25 Aug. 2005. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]

According to Asahi Shimbun on 25 August 2005, "Japan's Defense Agency is setting up a 600-member team to gather intelligence relevant to its overseas troop deployments.... The intelligence unit, to be operational in March 2007, will gather information directly from contacts in foreign countries."

[Japan/00s]

United Press International. "New FBI Washington Intel Head Named." 19 Mar. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]

FBI Director Robert Mueller has named Michelle Jupina as the special agent in charge (SAC) of intelligence for the Washington field office. She replaces Timothy Healy, who will be the new deputy assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters.

[FBI/00s/08]

United Press International. "Report: NATO Spy Warning Serbs," 13 Apr. 1999.

"A NATO spy may be giving Serbs advance notice of sites targeted by NATO forces, allowing Yugoslavian officials to take action and evacuate the sites." ABC News, "citing anonymous U.S. and NATO sources," has reported that "there have been three incidents in which Yugoslavian officials correctly anticipated NATO attacks. NATO is further tightening access to sensitive information until a suspect is found."

[MI/Ops/NATOSpies]

United Press International. "Roberts Names Chief of U.S. Spy Court." 14 Apr. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has appointed Bruce Selya, a senior judge on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, to be the presiding judge over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Selya "has been a member of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review since 2005."

[Overviews/Legal/FISA]

United Press International. "Sensitive Stolen Documents Found in Raid." 28 Sep. 2010. [http://www.upi.com]

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 28 September 2010 (29 September in Australia) that "[a] drug raid in Melbourne turned up secret files belonging to the Australian Security Intelligence Organization [ASIO] and other police agencies.... The newspaper said police ... are investigating whether a former head of intelligence and phone tapping at the state's Office of Police Integrity, who previously worked for Victoria Police and the Corruption and Crime Commission in Western Australia, was responsible for the theft ... of the documents."

[Australia/2010s/2010]

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