Was Osama not dead already?

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 14:32 | Posted in terrorism | 3 Comments

As I blogged for three years ago, late Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, mentioned in a BBC interview recorded as early as November 2007 that Osama bin Laden was dead. As far as she knew he would have been murdered. That part of the interview was not broadcast by the BBC and it was not referred to by main stream media.

Here is the relevant part of the interview for a reminder:

Now that president Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed by US troops last night I take it that we can safely assume he is indeed dead. The question is if he was killed last night or a few years ago. Unfortunately we can not ask Ms Bhutto but the US government just might have some clarifying information to provide.

Here is president Obama’s announcement:

You are a terrorist

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 2:27 | Posted in Germany, privacy, terrorism | Leave a comment

If you live in Germany you are one of the 82 million terrorists in the country.

via StoiBär

Bhutto: Osama bin Laden murdered

Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 4:07 | Posted in censorship, terrorism | 5 Comments
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In an interview she gave to David Frost on 2nd November, Benazir Bhutto said that Osama bin Laden has been murdered by šeik Omari Osama. If this is true, it would be a sensational piece of news which, however, has not been reported by main stream media or commented by any government. Amazingly, David Frost lets the matter pass without questions or comments although any reporter would have asked a clarifying question if such a scoop was casually dropped during an interview.

According to Prisonplanet.com Mrs. Bhutto’s statement was censored by the BBC. If Osama bin Laden has indeed been murdered and if the western governments actually are covering it up it would put the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in a totally new perspective. That very statement could be the motive of her murder but it could equally be a motive for Al Qaeda or for the western coalition.

The first video clip shows the part of the interview where Mrs. Bhutto makes her statement, the second covers all of the interview.

Violence spreads across Pakistan

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 21:26 | Posted in democracy, terrorism | 4 Comments
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As I see it, Benazir Bhutto was the only hope for Pakistan to reach anything even resembling democracy. Her assassination served the interest of those who would rather have terror and chaos than freedom and democracy.

While I understand the anger of the people, I must put the question if looting, demolishing cars and setting up fires is the best way to express that anger. Is that what Mrs. Bhutto would have wanted? Ultimately, the accelerating violence is in the interest of those who murdered her. There must be more peaceful and sensible methods for the people to speak up their mind.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.reuters.com

Cyber attacks against Estonia

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 23:16 | Posted in crime, Estonia, eu, internet, russia, terrorism | 2 Comments

Jose Nazario writes about the ongoing Ddos attacks against Estonia (via Peeter Marvet):

We’ve seen 128 unique DDoS attacks on Estonian websites in the past two weeks through ATLAS. Of these, 115 were ICMP floods, 4 were TCP SYN floods, and 9 were generic traffic floods. Attacks were not distributed uniformly, with some sites seeing more attacks than others

Jose’s access to inside records of ATLAS allows him to deliver detailed technical info on the measure of the force behind these attacks against the Estonian government, media, banks and other businesses.

On May 9th, the F-Secure blog posted a number of interesting screen shots, among them this one of a Russian hacker site, offering Denial-of-Service tools crafted for attacking Estonia:

Somebody really seems to be out there to get a country. Luckily, though, the EU commission president Jose Manuel Barroso made it clear right in the face of dictator Putin of Russia that an attack against one member country of EU is an attack against all of EU.

As F-Secure concludes their post:

We probably haven’t seen the end of these attacks yet.

Alas, Führer Putin and his SS are likely to continue their illegal actions.

Stop Stasi 2.0

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 2:43 | Posted in Blogosphere, civil rights, computer, eu, Freedom of speech, Germany, internet, privacy, terrorism | 4 Comments
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Picture: Dataloo, under Creative Commons

Stasi used to be the Ministry for State Security in the former communist East Germany. They had a network of informants covering practically every citizen so they knew every little detail about everybody. Everybody was a potential threat against the ruling communists so there was a presumption of guilt against every citizen.

I can only imagine what sort of sophisticated tools the East German Stasi would have used if communism had survived to the age of web 2.0. The police would probably have secretly installed governmental trojans to innocent citizens’ home and office computers. They would have easedropped and recorded everybody’s e-mail traffic and phone calls. Records would have been kept on web sites visited. And so on.

Luckily, all of Germany is democratic so this is not something Germans would have to worry about. Unless, of course, the German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble happened to think that the presumption of innocence can and should be put aside if there is a chance that a citizen is connected to terrorists. Never mind article 20 of the constitution, it can not be applied when hunting terrorists. Every criminal investigation could theoretically have importance in the fight against terrorism which is why Mr. Schäuble is a strong proponent of surveillance on line.

Bloggers are a strange crowd of people. They do not tend to like it when a government which is supposed to be democratic tries to use undemocratic methods. They especially hate it when a supposedly democratic government is trying to interfere in the freedom of the World Wide Web.

German bloggers are no exception. Just look at the number of pings to this post, a cry for distress against the measures proposed by Wolfgang Schäuble. More than 40 responses just in a couple of days. As Farlion points out, Technorati returns about 1500 links to a Stasi 2.0 query.

The issue is not just German. Germany is the largest member country of the EU. If such a restrictive legislation were passed in Germany, it would not take long before it would be enforced throughout EU.

So I am not only concerned for my friends in Germany although I am concerned for them. The freedom of us all is at stake here. Which is why you and I had better do something about it before it is too late.

Canadian kids no terrorists

Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 9:23 | Posted in Canada, terrorism, USA | 5 Comments

Canadians obviously constitute a major threat against the security of the US. That is why the US government has decided to require Canadians passing the border to show up a passport starting 2009. Also Americans who were not a security risk before become potential terrorists when they return home from Canada which is why they need a passport, too.

The ever so alert US government has neglected to eliminate one serious risk against the national security. They think that Canadian kids younger than 16 are harmless. CBC quotes an anonymous U.S. State Department official as saying:

“For 16 and under, the rules will not change,” a U.S. State Department official said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“You obviously need control, but you don’t need to worry so much about Canadian kids.”

I am shocked to detect that the bleeding heart liberals of the State Department are putting aside the essential national security issues. If I were Osama bin-Laden or the ghost of Saddam, I would immediately start a massive recruiting campaign among Canadian youngsters. No terrorists, my ass! They surf in MySpace and watch videos in YouTube without paying for it. Potential terrorists, mark my words!

Edit: What did I say? See, they are already rehearsing at Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse!

EU’s false terror alarm fooled Finnish government

Friday, December 22, 2006 at 6:31 | Posted in eu, Finland, terrorism | Leave a comment

Helsingin Sanomat writes that the Finnish government was brought to a chaos in October as foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja and several senior civil servants did not understand that an SMS message about a “major terror alarm” was actually a rehearsal organized by EU. Mr. Tuomioja received the message in the middle of a press conference with Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt in Helsinki on 30th October. The message was sent by EU’s situation center in Brussels.

The message said that five major cities in Europe had been targets of terror attacks, including a Twin Towers style attack in London. It also reported about attacks against the banking area of Frankfurt and downtown Vienna. An air carrier destinated to Helsinki would also have been hijacked.

EU’s situation center sent the message to all EU capitals but an exceptionally large number of civil servants received it in Finland because of the Finnish presidency. Several civil servants in the president’s and prime minister’s offices and the Foreign Ministry reportedly started to re-schedule their appointments. The mistake was cleared within 10 minutes before anybody managed to inform the general public.

The confusion was caused by missing information in the SMS that it was a rehearsal. The message was coded as CCA EX06 which was the code name of the rehearsal. The rehearsal was supposed to test how adequately EU’s Council and Comission would react in a major crisis.

The situation center’s director William Shapcott said that he heard about the misunderstanding for the first time when asked about it by reporters yesterday. “This is surprising”, Shapott said and denied that similar misunderstanding would have taken place in any of the other 24 EU capitals. Apparently, several EU offices issued a press release on 31st October saying that there is “room for improvement” in taking advantage of communication technology.

The rehearsal started at 13.30 Central European Time and ended at 20.00. Several civil servants received a large number of text messages in their cell phones all afternoon and evening about further developments of the “terror attack” reporting about major disasters in several cities.


Monday, July 3, 2006 at 23:00 | Posted in Freedom of speech, internet, terrorism | Leave a comment

How can I easedrop on cell phones? I do not know and to be quite honest, I do not want to know. But somebody does, apparently, because they entered my blog today with such search phrase.

A Google search with that content returns 122 links at the moment. On the second page I found one to my own blog. As I already knew, it does not lead to instructions for bugging somebody’s phone but to this post where all of the searched words do indeed appear.

This innocent incident reminded me that the Internet can and will be used to search all sorts of information. And most of it is there to be found. And somebody is bound to find it and use it.

I do not want to easedrop on anybody, much less so to instruct anybody on how to do so. However, the subject may become interesting in my point of view if and when one of the paranoic security services connect me with it because those key words are to be found in my blog. Then I may very well become a subject of easedropping.

Or am I just being a bit too paranoic? Any reasonable intelligence officer would soon find out that I have no classified information in my possession and I do not constitute a security risk. And then they would drop any easedropping that they may have initialized.

Or would they? How can I be so sure that they are reasonable? Maybe they would continue bugging me just to be on the safe side.

Would I mind if they did? On pragmatic terms no because I have nothing significant to hide. Then again, on pricipal terms I would because I respect everybody else’s privacy and expect mine to be respected.

Easedropping me would not help the security services to fight terrorism. In fact, it would have the opposite effect because they would only be wasting their valuable time on me. So if I wanted to make a conribution to a safer World, should I avoid blog posts with sensitive key words?

If all good guys did that, the anti terror investigators could no doubt concentrate on real terrorists because their time would not be wasted on examining all those innocent posts. But in that case, the bad guys would already have won the game. If the good guys put a volunteer mouth gag on those critical key words, our freedom of speech would have been limited.

Some of the intelligence folks would no doubt like that. And most of the terrorists would no doubt also like it because they are seeking a World with less freedom. So who should we really be afraid of more: the easdroppers or the easedroppees?

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