Absolute faith in the infallibility of any agency is a big call, and a mistaken one in ASIO's case according to a former Immigration officer, and David Manne, a refugee lawyer, both quoted in the article.
"... Manne, said secrecy was part of the problem. People suspected of being a risk were never told why. ''ASIO gets information but it never puts it to the person,'' he said. ''These people are stuck in indefinite detention but it's impossible to find out what the concerns are.'' The process had to be made transparent and subject to independent scrutiny. ''ASIO has made serious mistakes in the past,'' he said. ''It's crucial that we don't revert to the previous situation where these people's plight became a political football.'