US Intelligence Tapping Phones of Indonesian Civilians

This video says about itself:

Students in Indonesia took over parliament and the Indonesian dictator [Soeharto] was forced to resign [in 1998].

From Democracy Now! in the USA:

US Intelligence Tapping Phones of Indonesian Civilians

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn reveals that U.S. intelligence officers in Jakarta are secretly tapping the cell phones and reading the SMS text messages of Indonesian civilians. Some of the Americans involved in the spy operation work out of the Jakarta headquarters of Detachment 88, a US-trained and–funded paramilitary unit which is part of Kopassus, the Indonesian army’s special forces famed for abduction, torture and assassination. The news comes as Congress weighs whether to send more military aid to Indonesia.

In a brazen and illegal attack on press freedom, the Obama Justice Department secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of Associated Press editors and journalists and tracked ingoing and outgoing calls on at least 20 telephone lines, including the national headquarters of the press agency and its news bureaus in New York, Hartford and Washington DC. Among the lines tracked was the telephone used by AP reporters working out of the House of Representatives press gallery in the Capitol: here.

1 thought on “US Intelligence Tapping Phones of Indonesian Civilians

  1. US and Indonesia to ‘co-operate’

    United States: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has announced that the Obama administration will resume co-operation with Indonesia’s tarnished special forces after ties were severed more than a decade ago over human rights abuses.

    Mr Gates was speaking after holding talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta.

    Indonesia’s special forces, known as Kopassus, were accused of major abuses in the former Indonesian province of East Timor in the late 1990s.


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