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By Brian Jackson

With terrorism nonetheless well-liked at the U.S. schedule, no matter if the country1s prevention efforts fit the danger the U.S. faces remains to be important in coverage debate. Does the rustic desire a devoted family intelligence corporation? Case stories of 5 different democracies--Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK--provide classes and customary issues which can aid policymakers make a decision.

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Just as importantly, it is designed to provide an objective basis for mitigating risk, determining and eval44 Author interviews, Canberra, October 2007. Australia 27 uating performance vis-à-vis internal priorities, and ensuring business continuity across each of the agency’s core functional divisions. For the most part, ASIO has undertaken its internal intelligence function in accordance with the stated objective of employing surveillance and analytical assets in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Prior to 1988, there was no formal legislative scrutiny over any aspect of the AIC. 65 Author interviews, Canberra, October 2007; Burch, 2007, p. 10; PM&C, 2006, p. 42. It should be noted that PJCIS’s remit also excludes reviews of individual complaints, all of which are the exclusive domain of the IGIS. 66 That said, ASIO has implemented a basic system for gauging performance, much of which is based on external feedback and comments on its principal products from external customers. Each year, the agency conducts a survey of its main commonwealth, state, and territory clients, the results of which are included in the annual report provided to the federal government and Parliament.

10; PM&C, 2006, pp. 41–42). A dedicated National Security Hotline has also been in operation since 2002. 24 Apart from insider, community leader, and representative sources, HUMINT is also derived from directly tracking and interrogating suspected terrorists. ASIO generally identifies and questions such persons in conjunction with the AFP, and the process occurs in three phases. First, ASIO is required to request an authority to investigate, a statutory license issued by the AG that sanctions covert observation of any individual when there is information to suggest that he or she represents 21 Meetings take place in declared and undeclared settings.

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