Siemens helps torturing Bahrain democrats


This video from 2010, so before the 2011 crackdown on the Bahraini pro-democracy movement, is called Bahrain Centre Human Rights – Prisoner Tortured in Bahrain’s Prisons.

From ReadWriteWeb:

With Mobile Tech, Siemens Helps Torture a New Generation in Bahrain

By Curt Hopkins / September 2, 2011 2:34 PM

Siemens was instrumental in bringing the Nazis to power and keeping them there as they murdered millions of Jews, along with Gypsies, trade unionists, leftists, homosexuals and others. Serving as one of its engines of genocide, Siemens provided the German Reich with, among other things, slave labor factories located next to concentration camps. Apparently, Siemens thinks that it has been good enough for long enough and that this Internet thing has made a sense of history a thing of the past.

Oopsie.

Bloomberg reports that Siemens AG and its joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, has made it possible for Bahraini secret police to intercept and generate transcripts of text messages and other mobile communications made by protesters in that country’s troubled version of the Arab Spring.

Protesters, independent-minded bloggers and journalists and activists of all ages and both genders have been arrested and “interrogated” (in Bahrain that means, beaten with rubber hoses until they pass out or die), based on the interceptions that Siemens has made possible.

According to Bloomberg:

“Computers loaded with Western-made surveillance software generated the transcripts wielded in the interrogations described by Al Khanjar and scores of other detainees whose similar treatment was tracked by rights activists, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its October issue.

The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens AG (SIE), and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks and NSN’s divested unit, Trovicor GmbH, according to two people whose positions at the companies gave them direct knowledge of the installations. Both requested anonymity because they have signed nondisclosure agreements. The sale and maintenance contracts were also confirmed by Ben Roome, a Nokia Siemens spokesman based in Farnborough, England.”

The use of Western-developed and manufactured technology for the purpose of restricting freedom in non-Western countries has become common knowledge. Without Western technology like Siemens and Nokia produce, the kind of tinhorns who run countries like Bahrain wouldn’t have information upon which to justify their torture.

In April, Agence France Presse had reported at least four Bahrainis had wound up dead after their interrogations.

We have questions in to Siemens, who did not respond by posting time.

Siemens Factory Begins Operations in Bahrain: here.

More detainees join Bahrain hunger strike: here.

If Britain sees fit to intervene in Libya, why not in Bahrain? Here.

18 thoughts on “Siemens helps torturing Bahrain democrats

  1. Jailed Bahrain Shiite activists on hunger strike

    (AFP) – 7 hours ago

    DUBAI — Two Bahraini Shiite activists jailed for life in June for “plotting to overthrow” the Sunni ruling family have gone on hunger strike, the daughter of one of them told AFP on Saturday.

    Human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and opposition Haq movement member Abduljalil al-Singace stopped eating on Tuesday in solidarity with detainees held at Bahrain’s Dry Dock prison, Zainab al-Khawaja said.

    She said that the detainees, who were arrested as part of a March crackdown on Shiite-led pro-democracy protests, had called their hunger strike in protest at the government’s failure to honour promises to release them.

    “I am concerned about my father’s health,” Khawaja said. “He was beaten when detained and his jaw was broken. They also beat him repeatedly on his jaw in court. The doctor had told him to eat well for his health to improve.

    “He has already lost too much weight in prison and yesterday he called me and said his blood sugar level has dropped,” she added.

    Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who also holds Danish citizenship, was jailed for life with Singace and six other opposition activists in June.

    The Bahrain interior ministry says 24 people, including four policemen, were killed in the month-long protests that erupted in mid-February.

    Security forces backed by troops from Bahrain’s Gulf neighbours crushed the protest movement.

    The opposition says that scores of people were arrested, and many of them tortured. Hundreds more were dismissed from their jobs.

    Four people have been sentenced to death and three to life imprisonment after being convicted of the killing of two policemen during the protests. Nine others were jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of abducting a policeman.

    Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved

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  2. petrel41 on December 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm said:

    Ex-US general joins Siemens

    GERMANY: Industrial giant Siemens said today that it had hired US General Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, as head of a new division to snap up US government contracts.

    The British government gave the German firm a lucrative contract to build rail carriages earlier this year, although the work could have been carried out by Derby-based Bombardier.

    Gen McChrystal will be joined by fellow general John Sylvester and retired Lockheed Martin executive Robert Coutts to seek new opportunities for Siemens.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/113314

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