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Ceylon Tobacco Company & Multinational Spy Networks

Summary

Israeli sells the equipment to governing parties to spy on rivals, Israel then alerts those opposition parties and sells them equipment as well.

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e-Con e-News 30 January – 05 February 2022

 

Top Pharma importer and fake ‘local’ drug manufacturer Hemas reported this week, it’s joining oil multinationals US Exxon-Chevron and French Total, in quitting Myanmar: NATO is escalating another terrorist war there on its government and people. Meanwhile the US ‘quietly’ removed sanctions against the Taliban, signaling banks and NGOs to resume funding to split the Taliban. The US once financed the Taliban as ‘freedom fighters’ to fight Afghani communists, later calling them terrorists for the 9-11 horror (see Random Notes).

 

  • The Bank of England claimed this week it had no control over ‘extraordinary’ (54%!) energy hikes. US lawmakers are accusing food and energy companies of pandemic profiteering. Yet capitalist media in Sri Lanka are driving panic and hysteria to provoke disorganized reaction, to destabilize a popularly elected government and leave the people wide open to another campaign of annihilation. ee Focus this week notes, we currently have little control over our own economy. Worse, ‘Current debate on economic recovery … is heavily patronized by business magnates and economists.’

 

  • The Justice Minister wants to regulate trade unions. He can start with the trade union registered as No1 in 1935, the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. It’s they and their media who are out of control.

 

  • Most experts on the IMF forget to mention the IMF’s very important Article VI, which prohibits a country from bleeding capital. The IMF too forgets its own charter, and is being sued. The IMF this week, said it’s ’ready’ to help Sri Lanka – if asked. Let’s ask about Article VI! (see, Random Notes)

 

  • The New York Times hyped a big hullabaloo last week about white-settler Israel using its spy cyberware Pegasus to bug ‘encrypted communications’ of iPhones and Android smartphones. Israel is also using the spyware as a diplomatic tool, to buy off former enemies, and make new friends. Yet, the NYT story makes not one mention of how this equipment is used by private corporations.

 

  • This ee looks at how the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC)’s London owner, multinational British American Tobacco (BAT), can spy on so-called corporate competitors, but also governments, their revenue agencies, courts, military and police. ee has noted before how CTC does not pay taxes (paying off top civil servants instead) in Sri Lanka, smuggling cigarettes to avoid taxes, let alone hiding the enormous ill-effects on health, which the state and people have to pay for.

Japan-linked Dialog Telecom claimed this week, it’s bringing ‘world-class cybersecurity solutions’ to Sri Lanka. While other news claimed Sri Lanka hopes to implement a ‘Personal Data Protection Bill’, as gazetted on 25 Nov 2021. It’s calling for public input, to protect individuals’ personal data held by ‘government entities, banks, telecom operators, hospitals, and other personal-data aggregating and processing entities’. However, the Sri Lankan government itself is not protected from the intrusions of imperialist governments nor their multinational corporations.

 

  • NYT discloses that Pegasus, made by Israel’s spyware maker NSO, was introduced to the global market in 2011. It links such sales to so-called Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia and the UAE etc., forming open alliances with Israel against Iran. NYT claims US state agencies like the FBI also ‘tested’ Israeli spy equipment in 2019 to spy on US citizens. The NYT story is marketing hype to sell more such equipment, while ensuring they will still bug the buggers that do the bugging. NYT adds, ‘The CIA, the DEA, the Secret Service and US Africa Command declined to comment.’

The NYT investigation, using information leaked by the US government, blames India’s PM Modi personally for deciding to buy Israeli weapons and intelligence tools worth $2billion – particularly Pegasus and a missile system. The reason: the US government is pressuring India against buying Russian weapons, playing India against China, let alone closer neighbors (see, Random Notes).

NYT also makes no mention that once Israeli sells the equipment to governing parties to spy on rivals, Israel then alerts those opposition parties and sells them equipment as well. The possibilities are endless. Supporting all sides means you always have a friend and a larger market. Recall how Israel was training forces from both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE at the same time in the 1980s (ee Sovereignty, Pegasus).

In November 2021, the US added Israel’s NSO Group to its ‘entity list’ for acting against US national security and foreign policy interests. NSO can supposedly no longer buy vital supplies from US firms, including Dell computers and Amazon cloud servers.

The US took over 10 years to ban the proliferation of Israeli spyware. If the US really thought Pegasus was so dangerous it could have cut if off earlier. US companies can now publicly admit to building newer spyware to hack phones. The NYT story makes it look like the ‘poor ole’ USA has no choice but to rein in its mad dogs. Yet US company Boldend’s new cyberweapon boasts it can hack WhatsApp, owned by Facebook. A major Boldend investor is Peter Thiel, a Facebook director.

In January 2022, Israel claimed to have reduced the number of governments licensed to use Pegasus, from over 100 to 37. Yet other spyware knockoffs are already being sold: North Macedonia-based Israeli cybersecurity company Cytrox has developed Predator, ‘a pendant to Pegasus’.

 

  • Cyberweapons are now as valuable as fighter jets and centrifuges, says NYT, for war and for diplomatic intrigue. They’re indispensable for controlling ‘the commanding heights’ of economies as well. A country’s commanding heights are of course, security, banking, electricity generation (oil), heavy manufacturing (steel & machines making machines), mining, and transport (railroads). This is the real basis for independence. Sri Lanka still has a long way to go. Rome too took a while to build – their wheels within wheels!

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