QUESTION OF ESPIONAGE.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROCLAMATION. A proclamation made by the Governor, which already has effect, gives greater power to the defence authorities to deal with the treachery or espionage in the Dominion during tho currency of the war. Military officers or any person authorised for that purpose may arrest suspects without warrant. Any alien enemv arrested may be brought before a Magistrate to be" dealt with, or v-'v be detained by the military authorities unless discharged by the Minister ot Defence.
Houses or other buildings, land, and ships that come under the suspicions of the military authorities may be entered bv force if necessary and searched, and documents, instruments, or anything alse mav be seized. Boats or ships entering or leaving a defended harbor may, if not identified, be fired upon bv d;sy or nieht. Guards st.itioned at buildings or elsewhere mav fire or otherwise attack persons attempting to leave or enter such places who disregard warnings from the guard. Alien enemies can be. tried by court martial on tho information of the At-torney-General laid before the Governor. Powers are given to the military authorities to elicit information, and such information must be given to them by any person asked for it. By clause 14 of the. proclamation no person shall in any manner publish or spread false reports likely to create disaffection or alarm.
Private wireless apparatus -without a license is prohibited.
Under clause 19 no person shall, without permission of a military authority, or of the Minister of Defence, publish or communicate, or permit to bo published or communicated, any information with respect to the movements or disposition of any of tho forces, ships of war, or material for His M jesty or His Majesty's allies, or with respect to th" plans of any naval or military operations by any such forces or ships, or with respect to any work or measures undertaken for or "connected with the fortification or defence, or any plans, or as to any other military or naval matters if the information is such as might be directly or indirectlv useful to the enemy. Communication with prisoners of war shall not be mnde without oermission of a military authority, except through the post office. No person sin 11 by day or night show any light or do any other act whatever which is intended rs or may reasonably be suspected to be a signal to or a communication with the enemy or any prisoner of war.
Powers conferred by these new regulations are in addition to and not in derogation of any powers exercisable by members of tho defence forces or the police force.
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QUESTION OF ESPIONAGE., Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914