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Gazza heads to the barricades over ASIO Battlestar

By johnboy - 21 July 2009 35

The ABC brings word that the Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is taking up cudgels on behalf of hysterical Campbell residents upset about the vast new facility ASIO is building itself at the end of Anzac Parade.

    Senator Humphries says he is not sure it is the right building for an area which planners hope will become a grand boulevard.

    “I think with these setbacks that we’re looking at with this ASIO headquarters I just can’t see that this is going to be compatible with the concept of that was designed by Burley Griffin and which has recently been reinforced with the Griffith Legacy concept which has been affirmed by the NCA,” he said.

    National planners have dismissed claims the new headquarters will become a ‘barbed wire city’ in the heart of Canberra.

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Gazza heads to the barricades over ASIO Battlestar
Anna Key 9:33 pm 21 Jul 09

At least they didn’t try to build it in Nicholls

Art 9:30 pm 21 Jul 09

Anybody consider that this may just be a decor ASIO headquarters. In fact, there may exist a whole decoy version of ASIO. The decoy is filled with inept and incompetent employees who leak like incontinent fools and are in plain sight. The real one is in a bunker under Russell offices. Think about it!

bd84 9:00 pm 21 Jul 09

KandyA said :

Boo!
they should be put up in an underground bunker, accessible only by elevator a-la CONTROL, underneath a fruit and veg shed at the Vic Markets, and they should all come to work wearing overalls and disguised as Con the Fruiterer. And driving forklifts, or in the back of potato trucks.

If they really need to be in Canberra they could go underneath the Fyshwick markets – CONVENIENTLY BEING REBUILD AT THE MOMENT…!

I was having a similar thought as I drove past the construction site the other day, they should just leave the barbed wire fences there, not build anything and put an ASIO sign up the front. The ultimate secret headquarters!

kos 8:48 pm 21 Jul 09

screaming banshee said :

kos said :

There is no such thing as a TS Classification building, TS is a data classification. (couldnt help myself)

Cant enter the building unescorted unless you are TS or above then I would say that yes, the building is classified.

The building would be certified to ASIO T4 spec or as an “Intruder Resistant” or “Secure Area”. TOP-SECRET is a classification that is given to data with a value of TOP-SECRET. Buildings or areas do not get rated to a data classification (eg you dont have a “IN-CONFIDENCE” building). Ask your local ASA for a copy of the PSM if you want more info 🙂

screaming banshee 7:43 pm 21 Jul 09

kos said :

There is no such thing as a TS Classification building, TS is a data classification. (couldnt help myself)

Cant enter the building unescorted unless you are TS or above then I would say that yes, the building is classified.

kos 6:57 pm 21 Jul 09

Ozi said :

Skidbladnir said :

PS: Those details on yonder website aren’t lengthy. But I guess its an ‘ongoing national security concern’?

They are lengthier than I would expect for a TS Classification building! Personally, I think the building looks great. Nice location too.

There is no such thing as a TS Classification building, TS is a data classification. (couldnt help myself)

peterh 4:54 pm 21 Jul 09

Skidbladnir said :

I would also like to take a moment to say hello to my friends [REDACTED] and [CENSORED] who work at [DATA EXPUNGED].
When I met [REDACTED] over coffee this morning at the cafe in [DATA EXPUNGED] she said [REMARK STRICKEN FROM RECORD] and then we had our photos taken by fourteen different security cameras in the area.

Seriously, why do their national headquarters need to be city-central?

not really city central, closer to the Russell hill complex and the ONA, would be easy to tunnel interconnect to these buildings. it isn’t really at the end of Anzac Parade, just further along constitution ave, down near the RSL HQ. It is a prime location for this department, and would mean that there would be less distance to safehand documentation between the DoD, ONA and APH.

Ozi 4:46 pm 21 Jul 09

caf said :

To be nearby most of the places that they have to safehand stuff to and from.

allegedly safehand alleged stuff in some (undisclosable) places, either to, from, or neither of the previous. 😉

Skidbladnir 4:45 pm 21 Jul 09

Wierd, I thought that kind of thing was a personnel operation and not a building function (unless we use vaccuum tubes?).

But landmark architectural lakeside real-estate?
Things like that should be organisational rewards, and not ‘give us X and we promise we will do it better…” encouragement devices for your weakest links.

caf 4:32 pm 21 Jul 09

To be nearby most of the places that they have to safehand stuff to and from.

Skidbladnir 4:24 pm 21 Jul 09

I would also like to take a moment to say hello to my friends [REDACTED] and [CENSORED] who work at [DATA EXPUNGED].
When I met [REDACTED] over coffee this morning at the cafe in [DATA EXPUNGED] she said [REMARK STRICKEN FROM RECORD] and then we had our photos taken by fourteen different security cameras in the area.

Seriously, why do their national headquarters need to be city-central?

ahappychappy 4:17 pm 21 Jul 09

Ozi said :

TS Classification building!

Why do you say that? 😉

cough* Spy cough*

KandyA 4:04 pm 21 Jul 09

Boo!
they should be put up in an underground bunker, accessible only by elevator a-la CONTROL, underneath a fruit and veg shed at the Vic Markets, and they should all come to work wearing overalls and disguised as Con the Fruiterer. And driving forklifts, or in the back of potato trucks.

If they really need to be in Canberra they could go underneath the Fyshwick markets – CONVENIENTLY BEING REBUILD AT THE MOMENT…!

Ozi 3:50 pm 21 Jul 09

Skidbladnir said :

PS: Those details on yonder website aren’t lengthy. But I guess its an ‘ongoing national security concern’?

They are lengthier than I would expect for a TS Classification building! Personally, I think the building looks great. Nice location too.

Skidbladnir 3:45 pm 21 Jul 09

Considering ASIO were a terrific source of Western intel for the KGB all throughout the Cold War, and currently
a) hires the people who fail to make it into ASIS; and
b) picks up the staff other Departments are glad to see the back of because they can’t be trusted; and
c) leaks like a sieve,

do they really deserve a City-central, Lakeside, architectural landmark building?

PS: Those details on yonder website aren’t lengthy. But I guess its an ‘ongoing national security concern’?

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