2010年2月23日火曜日

イラン BBCはMI6メディア

BBCはMI6メディアだと言う。
 イランのファルス通信によると同国のアハマディモガダム警察長官は、
「英BBC放送は(英国の対外情報機関、秘密情報局の)MI6のメディアだ」と
述べ、写真や映像を提供したり接触した場合は「厳しく対処する」と
反政府デモを実施する改革派を警告した。
 米国の海外向け放送、VOAについてもCIAの影響下にあると語った。

国家権力と報道機関の関係は多くの国で昔から噂される。
珍しいとも思わない。

各国政府等機関とメディアの関係
当事者は、一部肯定もみられるが基本的に関係を否定。
・CNNが米軍の湾岸戦争開戦を生中継。
・NSAがマイクロソフトに秘密のプログラムのインストール「NSAKEY」
 を打診。
・NSA、FBI、国土安全保障省はGoogleに米国人の電話、emailを監視開始。
・CIAは、Googleへ資金提供する代わりに研究開発部門へ天下り指示。
・アルジャジーラがオサマ・ビンラディンのメッセージを独占放映。
・仏政府は、北京五輪のトーチランで、仏中外交を悪化させないため、
 国境無き記者団を使って人権を主張。
・BBC元契約記者、イランでスパイ罪で国外退去
・米国務省からイラン大統領選のため、twitterのメンテナンス時間の
 変更要請。
・韓国報道によると、北朝鮮担当公安は産経新聞との情報交換により、
  金正男追跡。
・CIAが読売新聞社(日本テレビ)社主を暗号名PODAMと呼び政治工作。

パリ 聖火ランナー妨害は日給5万円弱
サベリ釈放
最近の諜報活動報道
OP PO
グーグル 中国に抵抗

イランは衛星アンテナによる映像受信、60ヶ国の外国報道機関、
反体制派ウェブ、人権派、NGOと接触を禁止。

イランの警察長官によると、反政府関係者は、BBCとVOAの口座から資金を
受取っているとのことだ。
BBCやVOAの関係者による直接スパイ行為は見つからなかった。
資金提供の窓口と言うことか。


---「英・BBCが秘密情報局MI6と関係」 イラン高官が発言---
2010.2.20 20:49
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/europe/100220/erp1002202051006-n1.htm

 イランのファルス通信によると同国のアハマディモガダム警察長官は20日、「英BBC放送は(英国の対外情報機関、秘密情報局の)MI6のメディアだ」と述べ、写真や映像を提供したり接触した場合は「厳しく対処する」と反政府デモを実施する改革派を警告した。
 警察長官は米国の海外向け放送、ボイス・オブ・アメリカ(VOA)についても米中央情報局(CIA)の影響下にあると語った。
 イランはデモ隊と治安部隊が衝突する映像が欧米メディアに渡るのを警戒。これまでも映像や写真を提供した国民を拘束してきたが、あらためて圧力をかけてデモ報道を妨害し、改革派を抑え込む狙いがあるとみられる。(共同)


---BBC an arm of MI6, says police chief of Iran---
February 22, 2010
Catherine Philp
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7035616.ece

Iran’s police chief has accused the BBC of being an arm of MI6 and warned of severe punishment for any Iranians in contact with the organisation.

General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, whose police forces have played a key role in the government crackdown on protesters since the disputed presidential election last June, was quoted by the IRNA news agency as saying that opposition activists had co-operated with the BBC and the Voice of America (VOA) “with the aim of weakening and overthrowing the system”.

“The BBC is the arm of MI6, and VOA belongs to the CIA,” he said. “Those who co-operate with foreign services through transmitting photos, reports, news and anti-revolutionary actions . . . should know that all their actions are monitored. We will settle accounts with them when the time comes.”

Tehran has repeatedly accused Britain and the US of fuelling the country’s post-election unrest. It also frequently accuses its opponents of being in league with the country’s enemies.

Tehran has been particularly riled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s funding, to the tune of L15 million, of the BBC’s Persian-language television service launched last year. Jon Leyne, the BBC’s Tehran correspondent, was expelled in June after being accused of fomenting riots and staging a shooting attributed to the Basij state militia.

Voice of America, which also broadcasts Persian-language television and radio to Iran, is directly funded by the US Congress.

Few foreign correspondents are now granted visas to Iran and, when they are admitted, are forbidden from attending opposition protests like the one that erupted into bloodshed in December on the Shia festival of Ashura.

More than 60 journalists are now among the several hundred people who have been rounded up and detained pending their “show trials”. As a result, much of the information and images about the protest movement in Iran is coming from Iranian citizen journalists.

General Moghaddam also vowed to crush possible opposition protests expected during celebrations for the Persian new year next month.

The so-called Green Movement suffered a setback this month when it failed to mobilise enough protesters to challenge simultaneous proregime rallies on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The regime had sent a powerful warning to would-be protesters days earlier when it executed two dissidents and sentenced two more to death.


---IRAN: Police chief's expanded brief includes fighting in trenches of ideological war---
February 20, 2010 | 10:01 am
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/02/iran-police-revolution-intelligence-islam-ahmadinejad-khamenei-holiday-protests.html

Most police officials around the world prefer to stay aloof of politics, concentrating their attention on mundane matters of law enforcement and insisting on their integrity, in the face of pressures from City Hall or partisan interests.

Not so in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where Police Chief Gen. Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam sees fit not only to take sides in the ongoing factional political fight within Iran's establishment, but to opine on matters of foreign policy and comparative social science.

"Iran is not Europe where thousands of vehicles are set afire during their New Year festivities," he said in comments published Saturday on the official news website of Iran's police force (in Persian). "A small incident happens here and foreign media trumpet their horns, while they remain silent when 12,000 cars are torched in France."

It turns out Ahmadi-Moqaddam is an officer who's also an expert on the intricacies of international espionage. He equated giving interviews to the popular BBC Persian and Voice of America to collaborating with Western intelligence. "Certain people inside and outside the country are accustomed to contacting MI-6-led BBC and the CIA-run VOA to release statements against the Iranian nation," he said.

"These are unjustified behaviors aimed at undermining Iran's intelligence service," he said. "Those who are cooperating with foreign news agencies by providing them with news feeds, photos and films should know that they are under control and we register everything in their files."

And like a latter-day Rousseau or Descartes in an olive-green uniform, Ahmadi-Moqaddam even waxed philosophical about the nature of society.

"Freedom is different from chaos," he said. " We are not supposed to tolerate spies in our free society and we are not supposed to allow action against national security under cover of freedom."

Analysts say Ahmadi-Moqaddam is a confidante of Mojtaba Khamenei, the mid-ranking cleric close to the Revolutionary Guard who is the hard-line son of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Many consider Ahmadi-Moqaddam's comments a reflection of the younger Khamenei's worldview.

Without naming them, Ahmadi-Moqaddam took potshots in his statement at opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who called on supporters to take to the streets on Feb. 11, the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

"This guy issues a statement to make an appointment [with his supporters on Feb. 11]," the police chief said.

"He gives signal for operation against the Islamic revolution and then he distances himself from counter-revolutionaries," he said. "He utters stupid remarks and considers us to be idle here. We will put all of them back in their places. There should be no room for seditionists to maneuver in the society. As long as the sedition exists, we are obliged to impose security restrictions."

Those nasty words didn't seem to scare off Karroubi and Mousavi, who met Saturday for the second time since Wednesday to discuss future strategies for the battered but not down opposition movement born out of last year's disputed presidential elections.

And that may be the real reason behind Ahmadi-Moqaddam's harsh words. Iranian opposition supporters are gearing up for a possible round of protests on the night of March 16, the last Tuesday night of the Persian calendar year.

The Zoroastrian holiday, called Chaharshanbeh Souri, is an apocalyptic night of fireworks and bonfires during the best of times. Ahmadi-Moqaddam warned that authorities would carefully monitor proceedings.

"We will firmly stave off any incident" on the holiday, he vowed. "Families should also take care of their children. We allow celebrations with low-risk materials before the eyes of their parents, but will confront those who may block streets and disturb people."


---Google Re-establishes Relationship With Government Spies---
Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Thursday, Feb 4th, 2010
http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-re-establishes-relationship-with-government-spies.html

Search engine company has a history of involvement with intelligence agencies

Google is set to establish a working relationship with the National Security Agency, the government spy force responsible for warrantless monitoring of Americans’ phone calls and e-mails in the wake of 9/11.

The announcement comes in response to recent cyber attacks on the search engine company, which it says emanated from China.

Anonymous sources tell the Washington Post that “the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information”, adding that the agreement will not allow the NSA access to users’ search details or e-mails.

The sources also said that the NSA, the largest intelligence agency in the country, may also involve the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in the project.

“The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?” said Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an organization of current and former intelligence and national security officials that seeks ways to foster greater sharing of information between government and industry.

Greg Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology, a privacy advocacy group, told the Post that companies have statutory authority to share information with the government to protect their rights and property.

In 2008, Google denied that it had any role in the NSA’s “terrorist” surveillance program, after first refusing to say if they have provided users private data to the federal government under the warrantless wiretapping initiative.

However, it is clear where Google’s interests lie given that the company is supplying the software, hardware and tech support to US intelligence agencies in the process of creating a vast closed source database for global spy networks to share information.

The government supply arm of Google has also reportedly entered into a number of other contracts, details of which it says it cannot share.

Google’s partnership with the intelligence network is not new. As we reported in late 2006, An ex-CIA agent Robert David Steele has claimed sources told him that CIA seed money helped get the company off the ground

Speaking to the Alex Jones Show, Steele elaborated on previous revelations by making it known that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its very inception. Steele named Google’s CIA point man as Dr. Rick Steinheiser, of the Office of Research and Development.

“I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities, and it doesn’t fund what I call the open source world,” said Steele, citing “trusted individuals” as his sources for the claim.

“They’ve been together for quite a while,” added Steele.

Recent disclosures under the Freedom Of Information Act have also revealed that the federal government has several contracts with social media outlets, including Youtube which is owned by Google. The contracts are said to waive rules on monitoring users and permit companies to track visitors to government web sites for advertising purposes.

The NSA’s involvement with Google should be treated as highly suspect, given the agency’s recent track record and its blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment.

A set of documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in June 2007 showed that US telco AT&T allowed the NSA to set up a ’secret room’ in its offices to monitor internet traffic.

The discovering prompted a lawyer for an AT&T engineer to allege that “within two weeks of taking office, the Bush administration was planning a comprehensive effort of spying on Americans” That is BEFORE 9/11, before the nation was embroiled in the freedom stripping exercise commonly known as the “war on terror” had even begun.

In late 2007, reports circulated that the NSA has increasing control over SSL, now called Transport Layer Security, the cryptographic protocol that provides secure communications on the internet for web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, and other data transfers.

In other words the agency is capable of intercepting and reading your emails and instant messages in real time. It is now beyond doubt that the NSA’s “terrorist surveillance program” now extends to this.

In 2008, the ACLU also uncovered details pertaining to a secret Justice Department memo from October 2001 that reveals the Bush administration effectively suspended the Fourth Amendment where domestic counter terrorism operations are concerned.

It is almost certain that the memo was written to provide a legal basis for the NSA to begin its warrantless wiretapping program, which was initiated in the same month.

Two years ago, the US National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell announced that plans were been drawn up for a cyberspace spying program that would make the current debate on warrantless wiretaps look like a “walk in the park”.

The plan involved giving the government the authority to examine the content of any e-mail, file transfer or Web search. The message is clear - government spies want unfettered access to the web searches and emails of Americans. Any relationship between the government and Google must be considered with this in mind.

After 9/11 the work of 16 different intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the giant National Security Agency, which eavesdrops on international communications, as well as the Energy Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration was centralized under the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Over decades we have witnessed the evolution of Government surveillance programs and information databases targeting citizens. We are now witnessing the centralization of this vast control grid Panopticon.

The latest marriage between Google and the intelligence community also comes in the wake of increased calls to introduce a global licensing system to police the Internet in the name of preventing cyber warfare.


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