In this French affair in which a french minister would have played go-between in a scheme to transfer
money from one of the richest families of France (Bettencourt) and the now elect President Sarkozy
there are masses of articles and opinions being written.
Some interesting details shouldn't get lost.
1. When someone becomes minister or part of an administration he or she should first make sure that there
is no possibility of any question about impartiality. THe most extreme procedures are to be found in the US.
But they are the most clear and may have prevented already hundreds of scandals.
Being a minister responsable for Fiscal controls while your wife works for one of the biggest family fortunes
in France is just a scandal waiting to burst.
2. The scandal broke out when transcripts of illegally taped private conversation between Mdm Betancourt and her
accountants and family were published. It is not clear who has installed the bugging devices, who has used the
transcripts for which reason and who transmitted them at the press. It is clear in those transcripts that the family
had set up some tax-evasion methods.
At one side one wants to use this information to get justice done.
At the other side do we want that anybody could place anywhere bugging devices or hidden camera's in any house or office and use (part of) these transcripts to get people be prosecuted.
In a state of law it is up for the police- and intelligence services to set up such special investigation methods
under the control of the law and a judge. If other services are installing these bugging devices they can maybe use
it for intelligence gathering but they can't do anything with it.
3. It shows that a journalistic medium that is paid by its readers can be succesfull if they do real investigative
work that the other papers have forgotten to do (or to coninue after the publication of the first scoop).
It shows that people are willing to pay for something that gives them more than only 'news', 'facts' 'reporting'
that in fact gives us nothing new. Investigative journalism means getting information that otherwise will not be
published and secondly continuing to explore the subject.
In the media they are speaking about 3 to 4 DVD's with all the documents that were used during the Dutroux proces that were/are passing the rounds.
I didn't want to speak about those DVD's although I know that they existed and I know that there is no protection whatsoever on it (don't ask a copy or what is on it, I don't know and I don't wanna know).
The reason is that I didn't want to give Dutroux or anyone of his smartass lawyers any possibility of using it for whatever stupid privacyrule that some odd judge would be stupid enough to take even into consideration.
So I understand the Bishop that he had buried these files deep into his archive and didn't want to know anything about it, or that his assistants handled the same way. If they would have spoken to anyone into the judicial world they would have been given - off the record - exactly that advice.
You couldn't hand it over officially because this way you would have set off a number of investigations that could involve a lot of people and could take years. Who has sent it, who has seen it, who knows that it has been sent etc.....
And the biggest fear was that the lawyers of Dutroux would be able to use it during or just after the trial.
But you couldn't destroy it because that would have really set off the conspiracy theories. You can already see the headlines before you : Bishop of Belgium has destroyed maybe essential evidence in the Trial of Dutroux. And maybe that was the purpose of the person who have send it. You have to remember that at that time (hard to imagine for the younger generation) Belgium was balancing between a big spontaneous - according to ex Prime minister Dehaene even pre-revolutionary - movement and a daily stream of scandals and the wildest theories. Even our King would be involved in sexparties with young girls....
Some newspapers say that these DVD's with information from the courtcase of Dutroux are public but there is quite some discussion about that so when things are not very clear judicially who would want to be first to find out .... eventually in court ? You always lose when you land in court - even if you win you will always have lost something (time, money and reputation for starters).
So those who have those dvd's shouldn't decide on basis of some articles in the newspapers that these DVD's are public and can be thrown on the web without any risk. You can limit the risk but you should keep in mind that in Belgium the FCCU has quite some possibilities to find things out and I don't know if you want to be one of those that have found that out...
Personally I am more fond of the US way of keeping many things public so that the public can see at least some evidence and argumentation and not only the things that they read in the newspapers or the declarations and interpretations of the lawyers.
A representative from the European Commission said today at a presentation that the European Commission would set up a public commentary and participation initiative to have different ideas and proposals about Net Neutrality.
It seems like they are seeing that this process is working very well in the States and maybe this can be the start of a more open public participation process in which not only lobbyists can influence the agenda and interpretation of the new legislation coming our way
So you are poor or just trying to spend not more than you have and you don't have all these cards they are throwing around (and if you have one, try to keep it under control that ain't easy)
But Apple has decided that it doesn't want your 'dirty cash' and in fact it says 'fuck the poor'.
Result : One invalid woman for which an Ipad is really something really useful (instead of a small notebook or a heavy portable) was refused an Ipad.
"In fact, Apple's iPad purchase policy states the company only takes two forms of plastic that Campbell doesn't have: credit or debit cards. In other words, dollars won't work, neither will gift cards:
"iPad purchases are limited to 2 per customer and must be purchased with a Credit Card or Debit Card only."
Apple's iPhone payment policies are similar:
"iPhone purchases are limited to five iPhones per customer and must be purchased with a Credit Card, Debit Card or Gift Card."
This should be illegal.
will Nokia and other telecom operator face trials in the US because of their cooperation with the Iran suppression ?
Issa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist and former senior Culture Ministry official, has told his family in a short phone call from prison that several of his ribs were broken during his arrest in northern Iran on July 4 in the postelection crackdown.
The 56-year-old Saharkhiz has told his family the authorities traced him through his Nokia cellular phone. Saharkhiz, who had campaigned for reformist candidate Mehdi Karrubi, has been highly critical of Iran’s supreme leader and of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to Saharkhiz’s son, Mehdi Saharkhiz, who is in New York conducting a hunger strike with other activists and intellectuals to call for the release of political prisoners in Iran and express solidarity with the Iranian people.
RFE/RL: What else did he say? You said he’s being held in solitary confinement. Is it clear where he’s being held? Is it at Evin prison?
Saharkhiz: It’s not clear where he is being held. He also said: "Don’t expect to see me anytime soon. I will stay here for a long time." He also said that all the tracking was done through Nokia and, if possible, lawyers should file a complaint against the Nokia company and take it to an international court and argue that Nokia should pay for all the damages and things that have happened in Iran.
This would be a first.
It would encourage firms to install privacy-enhancing and protecting code and functions in their tools. Networks and technical tools are architectural ideas. When you start designing them or adapting them, you can make them whatever you want them to be. In the interest of the user, the firm or the network. Untill now the commercial developments and network architectures have been firm and networkcentered. Maybe it is time to start thinking about usercentered technology as a viable commercial product or function.
last thought, China next (Google, yahoo ?)
ps for the Iranian friends, there are still daily proxies at our proxy site (see above)
Before the wikileaks site that promises to leak safely thousands of documents (and to verify in so far as possible if there is any truth to the leaked documents as falsifications are in this environment as common as the Mexican flu) there was cryptome.org which pubishes mostly US secret and confidential information since years.
Now the internal emails from the beginning of wikileaks have been leaked to cryptome.org who also asks the question if it is maybe a CIA operation. A good year ago it needed millions to lauch a website with up to one million documents that would be available through a website that would have a great availability and wouldn't be easy to bring down. During the last year wikileaks has been blocked in some countries for some time but did survive globally on the internet.
Now it seems that in the beginning of the operation the chinese dissidents that were behind the idea could have gotten some money from the CIA. It is not clear in how far the CIA has been infilitrating the operation or if it is just a material support.
At the other side if the CIA wasn't involved it wouldn't be doing its job correctly. And I suppose that a lot of other secret services and semi-secret private secretive services are trying to follow the site closely and to get a foothold in it.
Untill now nobody has been arrested for leaking to wikileaks which means that this important aspect of the operation has been secured. This is the most important fact.
And if every dissident who got (in)directly support from the US or CIA was suspect than a great many leaders today would have to come clean. This doesn't make them spies or collaborators. They often aren't aware about it and in most cases it doesn't matter.
It is also easy to say that the financing of such operations should be public and open but everybody knows that with so many ennemies it wouldn't stay up for long. It would be so easy to blackmail or pressure those financial backers.
How the Iranian regime 'won' the digital war for now - thanks to US and Israeli technology and knowledge
2. By "deep packet inspection," the secret controllers can cause delays in online data transfers, which surfers may attribute to glitches connected with their providers. The more targets under surveillance, the more online transfers are slowed down.
Iranian sources report that the day after the presidential poll and resulting street outbreaks, Iran's Internet control and tracking supervisors took over the 10 leading service providers in the country. Their first action was to slow down incoming and outgoing cyber traffic from 1,500 to 54 kilobytes to make sure that not a single byte by Internet or cell phone to or from protest leaders escaped their notice.
Tehran has vented its ire on Britain because it is accused of providing the organizers of the dissident movement with London telephone numbers to circumvent the deliberate slowdown of online traffic from inside the country. These numbers gave anti-government activists instant, direct links through Western Internet providers for getting their messages out to the world. Iran suspects they were laid on by British intelligence.
Eventually, the British lines became jammed by overload
- TARGET: http://anonym.to/http://www.information.is-the-coolest.com and http://anonym.to/http://www.r.ieves.com (188.8.131.52)
Someone is spamming those links on Twitter (http://twitter.com/rst325), pretending that it's anonymizers or breaking news. They're probably collecting IP's.
- TARGET: http://anonym.to/http://khodkar.ir - Very laggy but still up, need more lasers on this one.
This gov-friendly news website is hosted in the netherlands.
This is one of the SMS monitoring computers for the IRTC. Find a way to take it down. Reported as open ports on 22/ssh and 443/https. There is a generic SSL certificate being used. Its running RHEL 5 on kernal 2.6.x.
it would probably be this one Gerdab.ir
and this one bultannews.com
asking for the identification of protesters - already 2000 have been arrested and are awaiting 'trial' by the butcher of Teheran who also smashed the protests in 1999 and 2000
for technical people read this and according to the Belgian law I am not saying that you should do anything. I am just reporting that this information is online.
They seem to have a ddos prevention so the Iranians need many people to use sloworis attacks to get the site as inaccessable as possible. Here are guidelines and here is a lot more of information to use against this kind of websites
2 people are already identified and were arrested by the Iranian 'police'. Hundreds of executions are called for by the hardliners.
It is not because people have been knocked off the streets and silenced in the official media that they have no opinion and a lust for freedom :)
without going to twitter
maybe they should incorporate proxies and not go directly to twitter and learn from the Iranian situation
“I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to trim my eyebrows very thin. Yes, maybe I will drop by the salon before the rally tomorrow! I have to watch some great parts of Hamoon* again.I also have to go through my books. Shamlou** and Forough** are worth reading at these moments. I have to review my family album too.And my friends! I have to call them to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves full of books which I told my family who should get them. I’m two courses away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that now. There is a lot on my mind right now. I am writing these scattered sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and caught up in excitement. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. These words are dedicated to the children of tomorrow …”
- translated from the notes of an Iranian blogger with more courage than most of us will ever know.
more on http://belsectv.skynetblogs.be and
more will be posted on http://belsectv.skynetblogs.be this is what is happening
help these people plz
You can follow the most important tweets here or find references but from the incoming news it is clear that there are deaths, troopmovements and shootings and that also in the mind of the opposition it is clear that they can be killed this weekend because after the position by the regime on friday (which has missed a chance to install a 'coalition' government) it is clear that they won't budge without a fight and are clear for it.
Meanwhile texting is again possible and BBC says that around 7 videos and pics a minute are streaming in which makes it possible for them to accept videos because they come from different sources and angles. So just keep on sending them whatever you have because each additional pic and video is compared to thousands of others to declare some real and others fake.
This is not the twitter revolution or the youtube revolution but this is a real protest by real people who are facing real bullets with real danger and just use those tools to make it known to us.
The only thing we can do is put pressure on our politicians and governments to stop treating this regime as a normal one and to ban it like we did with China after their crackdown.
If the protesters win the whole of the Middle East can be totally different and can have a real decade of peace and cooperation ahead of it and the hardliners in Israel will have to accept peace because they will be the odd man out.
We have set up a website to receive faxes from Iran, which we will post online. Hopefully this will be another way for information about what's going on in Iran to make its way out of the country.
Please disseminate this fax number as widely as possible: 001 773 321 0202. We will post any faxes we receive at iranfax.org.
We are all Iranians for the moment and we all hope that they can have the same freedoms that we have around here.
Since we aren't getting proper images form Iran, we need Google Satellite to update images of Tehran so we can follow the protests.
Added by: iranprotest on June 15, 2009, 8:46:37 am
Since the Iranian government has blocked the internet and mobile
Right now Iran is trying to pass off this movement as a small insignificant protest, we need the proof that it's a nationwide movement!
hundreds already are in prison and nobody knows where and why and for how long
Amnesty International USA suggests the following:
write officials at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme
Islamic Republic Street - End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Minister of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 8 896 203
Dear Your Excellency:
I am writing to you to express my concern over the use of violence by security forces responding to protests over the election results following the 12 June elections in Iran. Large numbers of people have been severely beaten by riot police on motorcycles who wield truncheons and night sticks. Furthermore, up to five students at Tehran University were reportedly shot dead on Sunday 14 June and another person was reportedly shot when security agents opened fire on a demonstration on behalf of Mir Hossein Mousavi on 15 June. Several other people were injured by gunfire.
I am also concerned that at least 170 people have been detained by authorities since 12 June, including the brother of former President Mohammad Khatami. Furthermore, the Iranian authorities have attempted to prevent the flow of information by blocking cell phone, text messaging, email and web sites.
I urge you to insure that security agents will exercise restraint in the use of lethal force to respond to protests, and to refrain from beating people for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association. I also urge that those detained for peacefully expressing their results be released. I finally urge you not to restrict the right to freedom of expression and association, by permitting peaceful public protests and by not interfering with communications.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.