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John Coyne

Security analyst

Dr John Coyne is a security analyst. He previously worked for the Australian Federal Police on transnational organised crime and counterterrorism.


The Intel On Intelligence Gathering In Times Of Terror

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Jakarta and Belgium, intelligence collectors and police everywhere are under immense pressure to collect the necessary intelligence to protect us from future violence. In this pressure-cooker environment the intelligence and police agency red lines for acceptable covert intelligence collection are at risk of being blurred.
29/03/2016 12:06 PM AEDT
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Does Racial Profiling Exist In Australia?

It's a truism that, regardless of your position on the issue, writing about racial profiling and law enforcement is controversial. One colleague recently went so far as to describe it to me as career suicide. But it's the very fact that racial profiling is an emotional topic which drives the need for more informed public debate and dialogue on its application in border security.
27/01/2016 5:06 AM AEDT

The Security Implications Of Efficiency Dividends

The number of Australian police operating overseas is rapidly reducing due to the continuous erosion of the Australian Federal Police's budget by bureaucratic demands for financial efficiency dividends. This is likely to have short and long-term security implications for Australians abroad and at home.
14/12/2015 3:41 PM AEDT

The Risky Business Of Border Security

Securing a nation's borders, in an absolute sense, is at best an aspirational goal. Even if it were possible to check every package and every person entering and leaving Australia, the economic impacts of doing so would be catastrophic.
11/11/2015 5:47 AM AEDT

The New Norm In Australia Is A High Terror Threat Level

If the current cohort of Australia foreign fighters return home in large numbers we're in trouble: our law enforcement and security agencies lack the resources and legal policy settings to mitigate the threat of an attack on home soil.
17/09/2015 6:13 AM AEST