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ASIO is an acronym for: Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for. ...

The ASIO logo The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australias domestic counterintelligence service, is responsible (in coordination with the Australian Federal Police) for preventing espionage by foreign powers, and attempting to monitor and prevent terrorist and other political violence. ... Audio Stream Input Output is a protocol for low-latency digital audio specified by Steinberg. ... The word protocol derives from a Greek phrase meaning first leaf, referring to the first draft of a treaty. ... Digital audio refers to audio signals stored in a digital format. ... Steinberg is a German musical equipment and software company. ...

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Why the ASIO bill is rotten to the core - theage.com.au (898 words)
If ASIO is to be granted coercive police powers, it must be subject to the political and community scrutiny and controls that would apply to any other police force.
No policy justification for the ASIO bill has been offered, nor has the government set out the nature and extent of the danger posed to Australians by terrorism.Unfortunately, the bill has the appearance of being a hasty overreaction to the tragedy of September 11, rather than an appropriate response to the issues facing Australia.
The ASIO bill, in providing coercive new means of information gathering, may miss the more significant issue of whether ASIO possesses the resources and capacity to analyse adequately the information it already has.
ASIO Home Page (117 words)
ASIO's main role is to gather information and produce intelligence that will enable it to warn the government about activities or situations that might endanger Australia's national security.
The ASIO Act defines "security" as the protection of Australia and its people from espionage, sabotage, politically motivated violence, the promotion of communal violence, attacks on Australia's defence system, and acts of foreign interference.
ASIO is the only Australian intelligence agency to produce an unclassified Report to Parliament.
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