By political reporter Karen Barlow
Updated August 08, 2014 23:43:14
ASIO, AFP heads answer questions new data retention laws Video: ASIO, AFP heads answer questions new data retention laws (ABC News)
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director David Irvine Photo: ASIO chief David Irvine says the reforms are complicated, but important. (AAP: Alan Porritt)
The head of Australia’s domestic spy agency has declared ASIO is targeting suspect individuals and not embarking on a “great mass surveillance exercise or mass invasion of privacy”.
The supposedly invisible intelligence and security agencies moved firmly into the spotlight today as they warned they were in “overload” and sought to explain why they have requested strengthened powers in new counter-terrorism laws.