Snowden spyware revelations: we need to unmask the five-eyed monster


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With revelations of spyware planted on 50,000 networks, the “Five Eyes” states have been allowed to trample over their citizens’ privacy for far too long

Hillary Clinton condemned China's monitoring of its citizens, yet 'how can we possibly reconcile repeated American appeals to internet freedom and condemnation of Chinese internet monitoring with US-sponsored network hacking?' Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Hillary Clinton condemned China’s monitoring of its citizens, yet ‘how can we possibly reconcile repeated American appeals to internet freedom and condemnation of Chinese internet monitoring with US-sponsored network hacking?’ Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press

As the global public reels from yet another Snowden revelation – this time, that the US and UK intelligence forces have hacked into and planted spyware on more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide – the hypocrisy of the US and British governments is brought into sharp relief. Less than four years ago Hillary Clinton, chastising China, declared that “countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation. In an interconnected world, an attack on one nation’s networks can be an attack on all.” Given what we now know to be the “Five Eyes” complete stranglehold on the world’s internet infrastructure, how can we possibly reconcile repeated American appeals to internet freedom and condemnation of Chinese internet monitoring with US-sponsored network hacking?

Intelligence agencies and the governments that operate them have been revealed to be not merely secretive, but also hypocritical, and dismissive of any legitimate public concerns. It is time to bring these practices, and the covert agreements that underpin them, into the light. For more than 60 years, the secret patchwork of spying arrangements and intelligence-sharing agreements that makes up the Five Eyes alliance has remained obfuscated by the states that it benefits – Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Save for one critically important release of declassified documents in 2010, the Five Eyes states have spent almost 70 years concealing from their citizens the scope and extent of their global surveillance ambitions – eroding the public’s ability to communicate privately and securely without examination or question.

That’s why today, Privacy International has written to the governments of the Five Eyes states demanding the publication of the treaties and agreements that underpin the alliance. At the same time, a group of civil society actors are launching a Campaign to End Mass Surveillance, enlisting citizens from around the world to urgently call on their governments to put down this mysterious arrangement. While these arrangements have been in existence for decades, the alliance is now coming out of the shadows to block UN resolutions condemning the mass surveillance that has been revealed over the summer.

Despite the fact that the Five Eyes comprises democratic governments, the rules that govern the arrangement – rules that have allowed the infiltration of every aspect of the modern global communications systems – are entirely hidden from the public. Providing for a complex division of roles, responsibilities and lines of authority, and the establishment of jointly run operations centres, the Five Eyes arrangement creates a signals intelligence architecture vaster than Nato. And while its actions implicate the private communications of every connected individual across the globe, the arrangement was executed and operates clandestinely, hidden from the scrutiny of public oversight mechanisms and – until recently – the public.

We do not live in the same world today as when the Five Eyes arrangement was founded. Our communications are not confined by borders, our interests not defined by our nationality. Yet in seeking to justify their global surveillance practices the Five Eyes alliance relies on outdated legal frameworks that arbitrarily purport to distinguish between nationals and foreigners, as if the internet required a passport to move through its corridors.

These legal frameworks – which attempt to provide one standard of privacy of communications for citizens of Five Eyes states, and another for the rest of the world’s population – violate the internationally recognised right to privacy. An individual does not need to reside within a country’s borders for that state to violate their privacy rights when intelligence services intercept their emails, phone calls, and text messages. We know now that Five Eyes governments can remotely spy into communications and computers across borders with impunity.

What these governments do not seem to understand is this: human rights obligations apply to all individuals under a state’s jurisdiction, regardless of their physical location.

A fundamental principle of a democratic society is that people should know the laws and rules that govern the society in which they live. We cannot allow the Five Eyes to continue to operate shrouded in vague justifications of promoting security and defending against terrorism. There is an urgent need to unmask this two-faced, five-eyed monster and subject it to the rigours of modern democratic criticism and scrutiny. The Five Eyes must be held to a new legal framework that respects the rights of all individuals, not just the citizens that live within a respective government’s borders. Without acting swiftly, the five-eyed monster will continue to grow in ambition, size, and scale, swallowing up everything in its path until we have no privacy left.

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Eyes are opened on all levels of Gaia as unfoldment of Gifting Energies occurs


by ÉirePort

gaia_energy11Eyes are opened on all levels of Gaia as unfoldment of Gifting Energies occurs.

Such energetics present to all of hu-manity gifts of awakening, also to be called “Gifts of Prime Consciousness”.

Subsequent unveiling presents actualities of Ascension as needed.

Clandestine “rabbit habitats” are no longer supported and unfold in an inner to outer, quickly.

Balance among Hue-Beings is suggested at this time.

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American Kabuki – Morocco Diary Chapter 1: A Rainy Day in Morocco


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Morocco Diary Chapter 1

By American Kabuki

November 28, 2013

Love to all you readers from a very windy and wet Thanksgiving Day in Morocco at Casa Caleb! Winter seems to have arrived here on the Northern coast of Morocco in full force  We’ve had some sunny days this week but the blowing wind has been a pretty constant roar.  Winter has arrived and mediterranean sea is roiling.  This part of Morocco (when the sun shines) is very beautiful.  Even in the rain its a beautiful place, but I think D. say better weather here than I am seeing.  Winter will pass soon enough.

I left California on the 10th of November and arrived here in Morocco on the 11th.  After getting my luggage checked in at the counter in San Diego with American Airlines I was quite surprised to find out I was put on TSA preferred traveler list. Hmmm.  You mean I don’t have to go through the cattle chute into the x ray machine? Cool! I didn’t have to get nuked by the scanner and take my shoes off in San Diego.  I don’t know how I got on that list, but thank you to whomever it was that put me there. I certainly didn’t apply for it.  My brother found he has been similarly upgraded on flight out of Florida, and he has nothing to do with the work I am doing. He  didn’t apply either.  Not sure what’s going on there, but sure beats being on the other list.  Perhaps we have friends in high places?

I decided this trip to pay the extra 40 bucks for the San Diego to DFW, and DFW to Madrid for a bit more legroom.  I discovered last trip to Morocco you have to pay extra to not bang your knees on the chair in front of you on American Airlines flights across the Atlantic.  If they make seats any closer on these flights they’ll have to start vacuum packing passengers like coffee bricks.  So if you do any long trips…hint…pay for the extra leg room.  These days the airlines are playing the nickel and dime you to death game, luggage charges, leg room charges, you know the drill.  My how flying has changed from the days when I worked in the airlines! Doesn’t have to be this way, if they were all honest about their fares and provided decent leg room, they’d actually improve their revenue yield as they’d get more more money per seat and they’d have less empty seats.  Honesty in air travel fares…what a concept!  But they still play this game of cramming more people on each flight while retiring old planes.  The price of fuel the oil companies charge really drives all craziness in the airlines. Bring on the zero point energy devices now!


Spain has a strange policy with Moroccan flights.  The planes are always on the tarmac far away from the terminal.  Morocco is a peaceful country, so I’m not sure what the deal is.  Maybe its revenge for the Moor invasion in the 8th century?  Europeans do have long memories. Whatever the reason,  you always have to take a bus to get the plane on the tarmac. Doesn’t really matter if its Royal Air Moroc or Iberia.   Its not that these airports are old, Madrid is a modern airport (I had to laugh though at the ad agency that dreamed up funneling ALL the Madrid transferring passengers through the middle of the duty free gift store!) and the Barcelona airport is down right futuristic.

Why Iberia chooses to put the Iberia flight to Tangier at the farthest end of the airport is beyond my understanding, and of course after walking all that way with far too much baggage, you’d expect there’d be a plane there waiting right? NOPE!  There’s a bus. And that takes you to a point on the tarmac roughly outside of where you got off the American Airlines and started your miles long transfer journey! Grrrrr!  Like that makes sense?

I brought my iMac this trip, decided since I am going to be here longer than the last trip I’d have my favorite blogging tool with me.  I bought this really nice case for the iMac at The Flight Case Company   in the UK, and it worked beautifully.  If you got a mac and you travel, check the company out. They make a great case and it will save your precious hardware from the baggage handling gorillas!

My computer arrived in perfect working condition, but I thought for awhile something was wrong with it as the fan runs all the time.  Then it occurred to me the iMac is now running on 240 volts and the power supply might be putting off more heat than it does on 120 volts in the USA, and the fan is doing exactly what its supposed to do, so I decided I’ll just have to have to live with that until I can buy a voltage reducing power supply.

The customs man was quite interested in the custom mac flight case, probably thought I had exotic lab equipment in it rather than just an Apple computer.  I had to pay a temporary duty on it which I will get back when I take the computer back out of the country. Cost me about 100 Euros.  He was confused about where the computer was, as the iMac is an all-in-one computer, a younger customs guy volunteered to his boss the computer was “integrated”. Actually he was pretty kind man to deal with once we got past the language barrier and the confusion about whether the duty was in Moroccan Dirhams or Euros.  Since June the Moroccans have a habit of quoting prices in Euros, because they see more Europeans than Americans here.  Ten Dirham is equal to one Euro.

The first thing I noticed living here outside of the USA is the absence of the surveillance cameras. Seriously! San Diego, and pretty much the rest of America is rapidly evolving to a surveillance society thanks to all the 9/11 Homeland security slush funds funneled to towns across America to create the current police state we call home.  What the defense companies didn’t make in no-bid war contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan they made up in scanner sales and security cameras and facial recognition software.  The town I lived in, Carlsbad California, has cameras on every light and lately they’ve all been interlinked with long range WIFI antennas.  And its not like the town has much of a crime rate.  So why the peeping eyes? Cameras don’t stop crime, they sometimes help identify criminals after the fact, but they don’t really prevent crime do they?  The person who is mugged or raped, isn’t really helped at the moment by having someone watch the crime in progress.  Its not about crime prevention, its about you self-censoring yourself believing ubiquitous nameless and unaccountable government eyes are constantly watching you.  You know a government is seriously messed up when they are paranoid of their own citizens.  I have more privacy here in Morocco than I have in my own country.  And of course the NSA will spy on me in either place. At least according to Snowden. Not much I can do about that.

Morocco itself is a land of much potential.  It had a free trade agreement with the USA but USAID mafia F’ed over the country and that’s been in limbo for years.  As President Reagan once said the scariest words you can hear from the Federal Government is “I am from government and I am here to help you!”.  The corruption in USAid, Red Cross and many NGOs is well documented.

There’s a wide variety of climates here, from desert to alpine.  Where we live its almost identical to San Diego (right now make that San Diego in winter!).  I’ll be writing more about my experiences here in coming days, one chapter at a time.  I do apologize for the delay, D warned me I’d get so much data that I’d forget the earlier stuff just trying to keep up with the current stuff.  Heather has asked D. and myself to chronicle our experiences as we go through the learning curve of what she’s going to show us as we set out on some new projects.  D. is currently waylaid in Malta sorting out some passport/visa issues with her children’s documents.

Heather feels our work in banking is complete.  So we are planning and creating new projects which will disclose in the coming months.

Three things are yet left that have to transpire event wise, the exact sequence I am not quite sure. We’ll have to see if they are sequential or simultaneous (lately I am betting on the latter).  But I am not making any dogmatic statements on that because I don’t know.  Depends on how things unfold I suppose and the choices that are made by the various beings…

1) The Galactic/Celestial Energetic pulse of Creator Source’s Love and light Event (which many blogs speak of including us)

2) Disclosure of ETs

3) Disclosure of “the divines”.

Those new to the blog may be familiar with ETs but not the divines. The divines are a class of beings of a higher energetic than ETs, kind of the middle managers in this universe. They don’t die, some call them “the eternals”, “the elders”, “ascended masters” (the ones who worked their way out of our 3d energetics through some very rigorous spiritual disciplines) and others.  There will be complete disclosure of their roles in this experiment in duality.  Some of them fear that.  They need not fear. There are no losers in the end of the experiment here.

The divines control the very top of the banking system.  You can think of them as the invisible capstone on the illuminati pyramid.  They have remained largely hidden in recent earth history, but they do show up in myths from ancient times as greek “gods”, “goddesses”,  asian “deities”, “demigods”, etc. from a time they worked more directly with mankind.  They are hinted about in many Hollywood movies, Highlander, John Carter of Mars, and in the super hero movies.

At some point in history, perhaps after numerous human rebellions, they found it more useful to work indirectly with the planet through human proxies like the Rothschilds and other old European families and Chinese Dragon families. They are all interrelated through Genghis Khan anyway. The divines exist (although everyone thought we were nuts last January when we published that, until confirmation started coming in from other sources unrelated to our work like Zap and Keenan and Fulford), and its now its well known the Chinese “old man” is the original emperor from the Qing dynasty and comes and goes from this planet to sign off on major banking events (love the old man – he’s making everything transparent as he told Heather he would!) He funded the American revolution with gold, and the building of the transcontinental railway.

The divines are ultimately the ones pulling the strings on this planet.  And honestly they really thought no beings would be capable of  holding them accountable.  The did not think Eternal Essence itself would “enforce” on their in-body-ments, and that is now occurring throughout their realm among those that choose to harm other in-body-ments.  And its got more than few of them in a real panic right now.  They try to do one RV after another but each time they feed it into that Universal Value system AI Computer it spits back out as the energetics of it just won’t fly.

One of the big questions we were asked with the filings, was “this is all legal and good but how will you enforce?”  To which we just laughed.  They wouldn’t  believe us if we told them!  We don’t have to.  Eternal Essence that lives in all in-body-ments enforces it.  The filings were just formalities closing out what began as a contractual arrangement for a finite time.  But they had to be done and published openly so nobody could say they didn’t have notice before the EVENT happened.

There’s a wide variety of intentions within the divines realm, just as there is among humans.  So when you see the Rothschilds being promoted as the ultimate source of all evil (granted they not by anyone’s definition nice folks), realize its not all black and white, cause they were just very well paid proxies and brokers on the food chain of the energy extraction system that has had a harness on this planet and its people.

In the banking system the nasty dark stuff was compartmentalized, because at the highest levels of banking its all about energetics, so the guys doing the energetic work contracted out the dark wet work of controlling the planet to the more ambitious and violent in our society (the lower vibration behavior really screws up their energetic work), often with people of known character flaws or weaknesses that can be easily blackmailed or extorted if they get out of line, or made ultimate scapegoats when they tried to phoenix the system with an RV.  They led their minions to believe it was only about money and that these debts were really owed by the people of the planet (they are not).  At the highest levels of banking it all gets really “woo woo” and its about extracting energy from the planet.  Its not not unlike the green energy harvesting of will in the movie The Green Lantern.  Its gets that strange.

The divines have held control over earth and ETs by what they did not reveal about existence in this universe.  Some things they did not know, until recently, like the fact that ALL are eternal essence in body.  They have tended to see themselves as superior to mere mortals because they have not have had to live in the pea soup adversarial energetics planet earth has had. They come here but they don’t tend to stay here long.

AK

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Grand Gaia Portal Opening in Progress at this Moment


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gaia_energy1Grand Gaia Portal opening in progress at this moment.

Upgrades to Hue-Beings as well as hu-beings nears completion.

Facilitation of all Upgrade-assister Light Beings is ongoing and accelerating.

Distinction between Upgraders and flat-liners becomes irrefutable, even among the hu-manity and flat-liner groups.

Moderation of intent is no longer supported.

Pure Gaia Ascension Intent is fully supported.

All other “intents” are separated and dissolved.

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A watched kettle never boils


Blossom Goodchild and the Federation of Light – November 27, 2013

blossomHello there. Off we go again … the weeks are flying by so quickly. Let’s see how today flows shall we? Anyone about?

Yes of course and it is considered a great pleasure to be with you once again in this way … in the KNOWING that these messages reach the hearts of many.

Yep, it’s quite amazing how your words have taken on a journey of their own … I never imagined myself being in this position. All I ever wanted to do was be on the stage!

Yet it was assigned to you long before you came and then it was a matter of remembering so … and deciding if it was still your desire. It was greatly underestimated the strength one would need.

Probably underestimated by me … and maybe if I knew what was involved fully, I would have declined the offer! Yet in ALL TRUTH it is an honour to serve in this way and life would probably FEEL very odd without you!

Life itself, dearest Blossom, is to bloom forth in a respected manner that no-one … not even those who think they KNOW … not even those who KNOW they KNOW … has imagined in their most heightened dreams. We speak to you all in this KNOWING that WE have … for we are already aware of that which is to come down upon you and change your lives and your world forever.

We concentrate once again this day on the matter of THE EVENT. For it would not be appropriate to suddenly drop the matter and speak of other things, when we have come to realize that those upon Earth are in need of as much information as we are prepared to offer.

That’s right … Some are confused regarding those left behind and those leaving … (not sure if that is the right way to put it )They are worried about their loved ones.

Yet there is no need for concern in any walk of life. How we desire that this is understood. Even if one was to worry about where their next meal was coming from … they are making the matter become something it is not. For worrying does not assist anything. The energy that worrying carries only burdens the soul. Yet to KNOW from the deepest place of one’s BEING that whatever occurs in front of one … behind one … or at the side of one … is merely an instant in time … an experience … an image with an emotion attached. To KNOW that one’s self is “above all’ that ‘appears’ to be real … brings much understanding of all that takes place in one’s surroundings. To detach from what one believes to be real is very beneficial.

Yet not that easy to do! Maybe you are unaware of that from where you stand? Yet believe me … from down here at ‘ground control’ the heart can become so deeply involved in its quest for understanding the why’s and wherefore’s of our existence and those that travel alongside us … it’s simply is not that easy to ‘let go’.

Yet we come from another angle. For it is not that one should not LOVE and CARE. One should do so in/of ALL THAT IS … yet the detachment lies within the KNOWING and acceptance of WHAT IS … and coming into the recognition of it BEING just that … WHAT IT IS.

We could go round in circles here. For the emotion FEELS to be the biggest part of our journey. Our biggest learning utensil … so if we were to detach from our emotion … I FEEL our BEING HERE would FEEL pretty empty.

And we would reply back on this matter that emotions ARE LOVE in all its forms.

And I would reply … so why would we detach from Love? Maybe we are not on the same page here!

We offer these words. You CANNOT detach from LOVE. You can however, detach from the attachment to the emotion.

Does that even make sense?

Dearest Blossom. To us … indeed it does. One can FEEL an emotion and accept it as such … be it happiness, sadness, anger, hurt, pain … whatever it may FEEL like. Yet it is in the KNOWING of it BEING WHAT IT IS that one can simply detach from it and allow it to move on through. We are not saying one should not FEEL … far from it … that is your most important utensil. We are saying one can recognise the FEELING and ‘USE IT” yet not be attached to it. For it is in the attachment that one is denying the self of the full experience.’

I just know from past experience that it is best to leave that there … and let that ‘square of chocolate’ digest … instead of whaffing the whole bar down and wishing I hadn’t.

Very sensible.

A White Cloud metaphor that I adhere to … because it IS so sensible. Where to from here?

We would like to pacify the hearts and minds of those who are not in full understanding of that which is to take place.

Is anyone? I think not! For many of us accept that what lies ahead is going to work out fine … in the end … yet we have no way of KNOWING the full understanding of what is actually to take place. Do you?

We indeed have the understanding of what is to occur. We however … do not have the KNOWING of how it will affect THE WHOLE.

This we cannot predict and yet we have researched heart rates of certain occurrences and it still leaves us rather ‘up in the air’ as to the possible outcome of such an outpouring/down pouring of purest Love. For no-one can predict such things due to each individual deciding at the very moment of occurrence how they chose to embrace it.

Yet we will stipulate that when it takes place … those that KNOW within that ‘the time is NOW’ … they will KNOW instinctively what to do and how to go about their duties … in /through LOVE.

YOU ARE THE STRONGEST OF THE STRONG … YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS. AND YOU SHALL ACT ACCORDINGLY.

Thing is chaps … it’s so hard to imagine exactly what it might be like … and when … (yet we won’t go there). Some are asking if it is going to be like ‘The Rapture’ that is spoken of in the bible? Some asking if it is the second coming of Christ? So much is ‘left to our imagination’ and you know us Earthlings well enough by now … our imaginations when let loose … can run wild!

And yet it is your imaginations that assist in bringing about that which is to come.

How so? Because surely it is already ‘on the cards’? Whatever The Event is going to be must be pretty much set in stone by now. So how does ‘our imagining’ assist?

Because it is THROUGH your imagining that the energy of what is to occur will be able to be brought forth.

You keep saying this … so can we clarify … or do I need to go to the back of the class? Does this mean there is no set date? I KNOW you are unable to give the date … yet … have you one in mind? I mean … on your ‘vision board’ is there a picture of The Event with a date above it and all arrows pointing towards E day?

How we smile at your analogy Blossom. And we appreciate your perseverance in order to get as much clarification as we are able to give.

KNOW THIS … There cannot be a ‘set date’ … Yet there CAN BE a ‘time slot’. And all is on course for this. The energy has risen greatly over the last decades and it is assumed that THE EVENT shall go ahead in the time slot planned.

Hold on … hold on a minute … I am sure ‘somewhere’ back when … you said that The Event would go ahead regardless … so how can you use the word ‘assume’?

Because that is what we are assuming! We ask you to keep in mind that never before has such a ‘display’ taken place … Therefore everything is ‘under the assumption’ that all will go as planned.

OK … I’ll buy that. Some are concerned of the chaos it may bring.

‘IT’ will not BRING chaos … ‘IT’ IS LOVE IN ITS HIGHEST FORM … There is no chaos in that which is coming.

However it may ’cause’ chaos due to those who choose to be bewildered and completely out of sorts by such a phenomenon. And it is then that those in the KNOW shall take over … switch into gear so to speak … and get on down to the matter in hand.

PEACE SHALL REIGN … KNOW THIS.

I notice you avoided speaking of The Rapture or the second coming. I respect this. For as I have replied to folk … there are simply some things you would not be prepared to reveal and I am ‘assuming’ if that were to be the case … you would have to keep your mouth zipped on that little puppy.

You are ‘assuming’ correctly. Let us put it this way ...

THAT WHICH IS TO COME … WILL BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF … AS YOU HUMANS WOULD SAY.

THAT WHICH IS TO COME … HAS NO WORDS AVAILABLE TO GIVE AN APT DESCRIPTION.

THAT WHICH IS TO COME … IS SOMETHING TO BE IN FULL MIND OF.

THAT WHICH IS TO COME … IS COMING!

That which is to come … is on its way?

And always has been … yet now it is at its journey’s end.

This SO could mean tomorrow … yet in your ‘history of time giving’ this so could mean in 2020. We shall just have to wait and see I ‘assume’.

Dearest friends … as we have spoken before … THIS IS TO TAKE PLACE.

What would be the purpose of these conversations … it would be a very sick joke if this was not to be so.

On the other hand I could be an absolute nutter who has many followers! Yet my theory on that … is that too many thousands of people all over the world have this same FEELING … this same KNOWING inside that we are from elsewhere. That we are from the stars and are here to fulfil a Divine Mission. And for those of us who FEEL that way … we KNOW we are not fruit loops … We have a bond that ‘attaches ‘us to each other and gives us strength to carry on. Some really do not understand us … YET. We are strengthening in numbers as more and more of our crew awaken … and WE SHALL SEE THIS THROUGH … and WE SHALL have a cup of tea together … and I SHALL bake a cake … which is probably what THE EVENT actually is … for indeed that has never happened on this planet before either! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

And WE LOVE EACH ONE OF YOU. A watched kettle never boils.

I’m not watching it … I’m baking a cake! In LOVE and THANKS FOR IT ALL.

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Singapore spying on Malaysia


Singapore envoy hauled up

SPYING ALLEGATIONS: Ministers plan to get to the bottom of claims

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KUALA LUMPUR: WISMA Putra yesterday summoned Singapore’s High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong to Putrajaya to explain allegations that the city state had been spying on Malaysia on behalf of other nations.

Ong met with the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s secretary-general, Datuk Othman Hashim, for about 15 minutes.

Singapore is the third mission to be hauled up by Wisma Putra since whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelation that a grouping of intelligence services, known as “Five Eyes”, had been carrying out espionage activities in Malaysia.

Earlier this month, Kuala Lumpur summoned the United States ambassador to Malaysia and Australian High Commissioner, and handed over protest notes in response to Snowden’s revelations that the US had 90 electronic surveillance facilities worldwide, including in its mission, here.

The city state was thrust into the spotlight on Monday after Snowden’s latest revelations — that the country’s southern neighbour was a key “third party” in providing intelligence on Malaysia to “Five-Eyes” — were picked up by Australian media group Fairfax Media.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia took the allegations seriously and was doing all it could to establish the credibility of the reports, as well as seeking Singapore’s explanation over the claims.

He said Malaysia and Singapore enjoyed a good relationship, including in trade and other bilateral exchanges. Muhyiddin added that such espionage activities was something that should not happen.

“If Singapore denies the claims, they should provide information and evidence to back it up.

“We have taken immediate steps to get to the bottom of this. I think this reflects how seriously we view this matter.

“We do not take allegations of espionage lightly, especially when they involve our country,” he said.

Speaking after closing the National Cyber Crisis Exercise 2013 (X-MAYA 5) here yesterday, Muhyiddin said Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was leading talks with Singapore over the matter.

Anifah had said Malaysia was “extremely concerned” about the report of Singapore’s alleged involvement in espionage activities against Malaysia.

Muhyiddin earlier launched National Security Council Directive 24: the National Cyber Crisis Management Policy and Mechanism, a document outlining Malaysia’s strategy for mitigating and responding to cyber crises and technological failures.

He said the directive was aimed at managing cyber crises covering all stages — before, during and after the incidents; developing a proactive and uniform approach towards monitoring and dealing with cyber threats; and, establishing guidelines to prepare critical agencies for any cyber threats or attacks.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry was looking into claims of Singapore’s role in the spying issue seriously.

He said Singapore had the capability to carry out the kind of intelligence gathering and espionage activities as alleged.

“This is not a new issue. We, too, have that kind of capability, but we do not carry out intelligence gathering that could threaten a neighbouring country’s sovereignty or our friends’ dignity.

“We have principles and values that form the basis of the sound bilateral relations that we have with our neighbours and friends in the region.

“If the allegation that Singapore had been spying on Malaysia is true, it is a matter that must be viewed seriously. It is unethical and shows a total disregard for the relationship that the country has with Malaysia and the region,” he said, adding that Wisma Putra’s move to summon the Singapore high commissioner yesterday was the right move and that the ministry would follow up with the Foreign Affairs Ministry on the outcome of the meeting.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Kuala Lumpur had always been prepared to share intelligence with Singapore and that there was no need for it to spy on Malaysia, as alleged.

Documents leaked by Snowden alleged that Singapore’s military intelligence helped US and its intelligence partners — the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand — tap high-speed fibre-optic cables at 20 locations worldwide.

It was reported that American, British and Australian spy agencies harvested data passing through a major undersea cable, called SEA-ME-WE 3, that is partly owned by SingTel.

SEA-ME-WE 3, which stands for Southeast Asia, Middle East and Western Europe, connects more than 30 countries, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Britain and France.

The undersea cable interception operations were alleged to be part of a global web that, in the words of another leaked National Security Agency planning document, enabled the “Five Eyes” partners to trace “anyone, anywhere, anytime”, in what was described as “the golden age” of signals intelligence. The “Five Eyes” term originates from the shorthand for the “AUS/CAN/ NZ/UK/US EYES ONLY” classification level.

Although precise assignments are classified, each member of the alliance takes responsibility for intelligence collection and analysis in different parts of the globe. It is claimed that Australia monitors South and East Asia.

Late yesterday evening, Anifah, in a statement, said Othman had conveyed to Ong Malaysia’s deep concern over the alleged spying activities and made clear that they infringed on the country’s sovereignty, as well as the privacy of individuals.

Such activities, he added, were “certainly not done among partners and close neighbours like Malaysia and Singapore, when both sides were cultivating mutually beneficial strategic and strong partnerships”.

Anifah said the reported spying activities had caused considerable anger and disappointment among Malaysians.

The high commissioner, he said, would convey the necessary clarification sought by Malaysia to the Singapore government and would revert to Wisma Putra at the earliest opportunity.

He said Ong also assured that Singapore had no intention to do any harm to its partners.

“Singapore also values its excellent ties with Malaysia, as evidenced by active collaborations between the two countries in many areas.”

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Straits Times reported from Indonesia that Jakarta, through its vice-foreign minister, Wardana, had also summoned the city state’s ambassador to Indonesia, Anil Kumar Nayar, to clarify reports that his government had assisted Australia and the US in spying on countries in the region.

The meeting, the report said, came as Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he had instructed Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to clarify with the ambassadors of Singapore and South Korea about reports that their countries had helped Australia and the US in the electronic surveillance of Asian countries.

“In his remarks, Dr Yudhoyono referred to Singapore and South Korea as ‘friends’, noting that the allegations of their involvement in monitoring undersea communications was not specific to Indonesia, but in Asia,” the report said.

The newspaper’s correspondent here reported that the Singapore High Commission had denied knowledge of helping the US spy on Malaysia and said it had no interest in harming the friendship between the city state and its neighbour.

It quoted Ong as saying that he had explained to Wisma Putra that he did not have information about the allegations in Australian media that Singapore had helped facilitate US-Australian surveillance in the region, which included spying on Malaysia.

“In response to media inquiries, Mr Ong said he was unable to comment on the media reports and had referred them to the relevant agencies in Singapore.

“He affirmed that Singapore values its good relations with Malaysia,” the report said.

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NASA Releases Comet ISON Images from STEREO


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Comet ISON appeared in the higher-resolution HI-1 camera on NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft. Dark “clouds” coming from the right are more dense areas in the solar wind, causing ripples in Comet Encke’s tail. Using comet tails as tracers can provide valuable data about solar wind conditions near the sun.
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Comet ISON entered the field of view of the HI-1 camera on NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, on Nov. 21, 2013, and the comet shows up clearly, appearing to still be intact.

Comet ISON entered the view of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory on Nov. 21, 2013, where it can be seen with Earth, Mercury and comet 2P/Encke. Image Credit:  Karl Battams/NASA/STEREO/CIOC

Comet ISON entered the view of NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory on Nov. 21, 2013, where it can be seen with Earth, Mercury and comet 2P/Encke.
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Karl Battams/NASA/STEREO/CIOC

Officially labeled as Comet C/2012 S1, ISON can be seen in these images along with Earth, Mercury and Comet 2P/Encke. The tails streaking out from behind both comets can be seen moving along with the steady stream of particles – called the solar wind – that flows out from the sun.

Karen C. Fox
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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