Friday, December 5, 2014

Eavesdropping Lies, Coverups and Other Dumb Politico Moves

Australia - The future of Federal Parliament's top bureaucrat is under a cloud following the release of a scathing report by the Senate's powerful Privileges Committee.

It found Carol Mills provided "contradictory" and "misleading" information to a parliamentary committee about the use of security cameras inside Parliament House.

At issue was whether internal cameras were used to investigate a Parliament House employee who allegedly leaked information to Labor senator John Faulkner... previously said she only became aware in May that security footage had been used... other documents indicated Ms Mills was aware of the issue in February and had approved the use of security camera footage...

Her position as the chief bureaucrat in charge of Parliament House has come under question in recent months, following her decision earlier this year to downgrade security to save money.
That decision was subsequently reversed. (more)

Australia - The release of a secret report into a police bugging scandal has been blocked by Premier Mike Baird's department, leading to warnings the dispute may end up before the Supreme Court.

The Strike Force Emblems report examines allegations of illegal bugging by the NSW police's Special Crime and Internal Affairs (SCIA) and the NSW Crime Commission between 1999 and 2001, but has never been made public. (more)