The Protest Years

The Official History of ASIO, 1963-1975

John Blaxland
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The continuing story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation during the turbulent years from the end of the Menzies era to the downfall of the Whitlam government.

By 1963, Robert Menzies had been prime minister for thirteen years, Australia had its first troops in Vietnam, and change was in the air. There would soon be street protests over women's rights, Aboriginal land rights and the Vietnam War and unprecedented student activism. With the Cold War lingering, ASIO was concerned that protests were being orchestrated to foment revolution.

The Protest Years tells the inside story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation from the last of the Menzies years to the dismissal of the Whitlam government. With unrestricted access to ASIO's internal filesand extensive interviews with insiders, for the first time the circumstances surrounding the alleged role of ASIO in the demise of the Whitlam government are revealed and the question of the CIA's involvement in Australia is explored. The extraordinary background to the raid on ASIO headquarters in Melbourne by Attorney-General Lionel Murphy and Australia's efforts at countering Soviet bloc espionage, as well as the sensitive intelligence activities in South Vietnam, are exposed.

This is a ground-breaking political and social history of some of Australia's most turbulent years as seen through the secret prism of ASIO.

The Protest Years is the second of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.

Author bio:

John Blaxland is a Senior Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and writes about military history, intelligence, security and Asia-Pacific affairs. He is a former Director of Joint Intelligence Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, the editor of East Timor Intervention and the author of The Australian Army from Whitlam to Howard and Strategic Cousins.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781925266931
Table Of Contents: List of Figures and Tables

Preface

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Glossary

Chronology

Introduction


PART 1: ASIO DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, 1963-1972

1. The Challenge of Adolescence: ASIO's Growing Pains, 1963-1972

2. Shaping and Influencing: ASIO, Politics and the Media, 1963-1972

3. Listening and Watching: Human Intelligence Techniques and Procedures, 1963-1972

4. Tracking 'Revolutionaries': Counter-subversion Operations, 1963-1972

5. The Rise of Terrorism: Croatian Emigres and Counter-subversion, 1963-1972

6. Grappling with Dissent: Anti-Vietnam War Protests, 1963-1972

7. Refining the Methods: Counterespionage Techniques and Threats, 1963-1972

8. Looking for Leads: Counterespionage Operations against the Soviets, 1963-1972

9. Monitoring the Rest: Counterespionage and non-Soviet Targets, 1963-1972

10. Vetting and Advising: Protective Security, 1963-1972

PART 2: INTERNATIONAL AND OVERSEAS ENGAGEMENT, 1963-1975

11. Operations Far and Wide: ASIO's Foreign and Overseas Connections, 1963-1972

12. Australia's Cold War Frontline: ASIO in Papua New Guinea, 1962-1975 by Rhys Crawley

PART 3: ASIO AND THE WHITLAM YEARS, 1972-1975

13. Whitlam, Murphy and the 'Raid': Turbulent Times, 1972-1973

14. Beyond the Murphy Raid: ASIO in Turmoil, 1972-1975

15. Responding to New Priorities: Countersubversion and Counterterrorism, 1973-1975

16. Multiplying Targets: Counterespionage, 1973-1975

17. Changing the Rules: Protective Security, 1973-1974

18. ASIO on the Brink: The Last Days of the Whitlam Government, 1974-1975

Conclusion: Reflections on ASIO in Transition

Bibliography

Notes

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 592
Format: Book
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history

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