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NetApp Investigated by U.S. on Syria Surveillance System Sale

U.S. regulators are investigating how a multi-million-dollar storage system from NetApp Inc. came to underpin a sweeping Internet-surveillance system being built last year for the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security is conducting the probe, according to department spokesman Eugene...

Unplug Companies That Help Iran and Syria Spy on Citizens

The evidence forms a high stack. U.S., European and other companies are selling technologies that enable the repressive Iranian and Syrian regimes to disrupt and monitor the Internet and track down government critics, as documented in media reports, notably by Bloomberg News. On Monday, President Barack Obama acted. He issued...

Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change

Syria is trapped on a crumbling precipice, and however it might fall will entail significant risks for the United States and for the Syrian people. The brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad is employing its loyal military forces and sectarian thugs to crush the opposition and reassert its tyranny. Even if...

Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

The end of the US military occupation does not mean Iraqis have full control of their oil. Baghdad, Iraq - While the US military has formally ended its occupation of Iraq, some of the largest western oil companies, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell, remain. On November 27, 38 months after Royal Dutch...

U.S. finalizes $30 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia

White House says agreement – under which 84 F-15 fighter jets will be sold to the kingdom, will help U.S. economy and strengthen regional security. The U.S has finalized the sale of F-15 fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth 30 billion dollars, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Joshua...

Post-Revolt Tunisia Can Alter E-Mail With Big Brother Software

In Tunisia, Big Brother goes by an alias: Ammar 404. A play on the “Error 404” message for blocked websites, Tunisian bloggers dreamed him up as a fictional front man for the sprawling surveillance state of former ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Aided directly and indirectly by American and European...

Companies That Aid Syria Crackdown Deserve Sanctions’ Slap

Terrible things tend to happen when Syrian security officials catch their quarry. Dissidents are detained, tortured and sometimes killed. It is thus disturbing to learn that U.S. and European technology companies are working to help the regime of President Bashar al-Assad monitor Internet traffic to keep tabs on citizens. A...

Firms Aided Libyan Spies

First Look Inside Security Unit Shows How Citizens Were Tracked. TRIPOLI - On the ground floor of a six-story building here, agents working for Moammar Gadhafi sat in an open room, spying on emails and chat messages with the help of technology Libya acquired from the West. The recently abandoned room...

Torture in Bahrain Becomes Routine With Help From Nokia Siemens

The interrogation of Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar followed a pattern. First, Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist in a windowless room two stories below ground in the Persian Gulf kingdom’s National Security Apparatus building. Then, they dragged him upstairs for...

In a pure coincidence, Gaddafi impeded U.S. oil interests before the war

When the war in Libya began, the U.S. government convinced a large number of war supporters that we were there to achieve the very limited goal of creating a no-fly zone in Benghazi to protect civilians from air attacks, while President Obama specifically vowed that “broadening our military mission...

Conflict in Libya: U.S. oil companies sit on sidelines as Gaddafi maintains hold

It struck some visitors to the Houston office of ConocoPhillips chief executive Jim Mulva as peculiar that he displayed a photograph of himself and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. They were an odd couple: a veteran of corporate politics at a U.S. oil company and the colonel who had survived four...

U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables. The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the...

US embassy cables: Taliban/Haqqani fundraisers sneaking into Saudi Arabia

Monday, 11 January 2010, 05:47 S E C R E T RIYADH 000061 NOFORN SIPDIS TREASURY FOR U/S STUART LEVEY AND AA/S HOWARD MENDELSOHN STATE FOR S/SRAP RICHARD HOLBROOKE E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/11/2020 TAGS: ECON, PREL, EFIN, KTFN, SA SUBJECT: POSITIVE TREASURY ENGAGEMENT WITH MINISTRY OF INTERIOR Classified By: Acting DCM Lisa Carle for...

US embassy cables: Terrorists use hajj as cover to collect donations

Special Advisor Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Treasury DAS Glaser were briefed on Saudi terror finance efforts at a May 16 meeting with Interior Ministry (MOI) officials at the Security Forces Officers Club in Riyadh. Holbrooke also received a briefing on Saudi counterterrorism strategies (reftel).

US embassy cables: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists raise funds in Saudi Arabia

In May 2009, legal representatives for 1267-listed entity Jamaat-ud-Dawah (identified by the UN 1267 Committee as an alias for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, permanent reference number QE.L.118.05) and its leader, Muhammad Saeed (permanent reference number QI.S.263.08) petitioned on their clients behalf for delisting via the UN focal point.

US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton says Saudi Arabia a critical source of terrorist funding

In August 2009, Special Representative to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan (S/SRAP) Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in coordination with the Department of Treasury established the interagency Illicit Finance Task Force (IFTF). The IFTF is chaired by Treasury A/S David Cohen.

US confirms $60bn Saudi arms deal

Largest ever US arms deal includes 84 Boeing F-15 fighter jets and more than 100 attack helicopters. The United States plans to sell up to $60bn worth of military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, the US state department has announced, the largest US arms sale ever. Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of...

Afghanistan, the TAPI Pipeline, and Energy Geopolitics

As Western powers look for an end game in Afghanistan, that country’s role as a planned transit route for natural gas from Turkmenistan deserves scrutiny. The long-planned pipeline, named TAPI after the initials of the four participating countries (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India), has been prominently discussed in the...

An exorbitant privilege? Implications of reserve currencies for competitiveness

Could the US prioritize domestic growth and jobs over its global responsibilities, sparking greater currency volatility that threatens competitiveness? Sharp exchange rate volatility is a sign of stress in the world currency system and has reignited debate about whether the dollar will continue to be the world's primary reserve currency...

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