Bahrain torture with Nokia Siemens help

This video is called Systematic Torture in Bahrain.

From Bloomberg news agency:

Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

By Vernon Silver and Ben Elgin – Aug 23, 2011 12:01 AM GMT+0200

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 questioning by a uniformed officer armed with another kind of weapon: transcripts of his text messages and details from personal mobile phone conversations, he says.

If he refused to sufficiently explain his communications, he was sent back for more beatings, says Al Khanjar, who was detained from August 2010 to February.

“It was amazing,” he says of the messages they obtained. “How did they know about these?”

The answer: 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 Only Way

The only way officers could have obtained messages was through the interception program, says Ahmed Aldoseri, director of information and communications technologies at Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. While he won’t disclose details about the program, he says, “If they have a transcript of an SMS message, it’s because the security organ was monitoring the user at their monitoring center.”

The use of the system for interrogation in Bahrain illustrates how Western-produced surveillance technology sold to one authoritarian government became an investigative tool of choice to gather information about political dissidents — and silence them.

Companies are free to sell such equipment almost anywhere. For the most part, the U.S. and European countries lack export controls to deter the use of such systems for repression.

This video is called Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters.

Bahrain must not try activists in military court: here.

Human Rights First today criticized the Bahrain government’s sudden decision to bring back military courts to try pro-democracy activists. The group called the development as shocking as it is duplicitous: here.

Bahraini Women on Hunger Strike Released from Detention, Charges Remain: here.

Bahrain must address lack of trust in Government, says UN human rights chief: here.

Bahrain’s Anti-union Repression: here.

The Egyptian Cabinet has approved new legislation on trade union freedoms, consenting to pass the law within days: here.

Egypt rights groups complain of official ‘crackdown’: here.

EGYPT: People-Funded TV Challenges Big Business: here.

Egypt: Public transport strike suspended following governement concessions: here.

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    BOSSES could have “easily prevented” the fatal crushing of a senior windfarm technician, inspectors said yesterday after technology giant Siemens was fined a six-figure sum.

    Colin Sinclair was one of two Siemens technicians sent to Causeymire windfarm in Caithness, the Highlands, to carry out an end-of-warranty inspection on the turbines.

    But while a colleague from windfarm operator RWE was attempting to lock down the blades to prepare for the inspection, Mr Sinclair was pulled into a rotating shaft after his harness became entangled in the high-speed shaft coupling.

    Panicked colleagues pulled an emergency stop cord — but it was too late to help Mr Sinclair, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors found that the turbine’s shafts had been inadequately guarded since January 2009.

    “This death was easily preventable and involved a risk which is well known and appreciated throughout all industries,” said HSE inspector Niall Miller.

    “It is disappointing that this risk wasn’t addressed despite the lack of guarding being known to those involved.

    “This incident should serve as a reminder to employers of all sizes that failing to take simple precautions can have catastrophic consequences.”

    At a hearing last week, both RWE and Siemens pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws. Siemens was ordered to pay £107,000 and RWE £45,000.


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