News you may have missed #845

Lianne PollakBy IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►Mideast envoy Blair’s adviser is former Israeli intel officer. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is an official Middle East envoy for the Quartet, the group that represents the US, Russia, the United Nations and Europe. In his role as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, he is supposed to be politically neutral. But it turns out that one of his principal advisors, Lianne Polak, is an Israeli former army intelligence officer who has led intelligence teams in the Israel Defense Forces.
►►Who is the New Egyptian Intelligence Minister? Last week, a presidential order saw the appointment of General Muhammad Farid as the new head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service. A profile of this unknown person reveals the close ties he had with those at the top of the Mubarak administration. His previous role was as the chairman of the Administrative Control Authority, which deals with investigating corruption in governmental agencies and public funds, as well as fighting organized crime. Farid was appointed to this role in 2004 by Hosni Mubarak.
►►Five unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs. Although the US government has disclosed some additional details about the programs in response to the leaks, important questions remain about the nature and scope of the surveillance programs. They include: 1. What other data is being collected under the USA PATRIOT Act? 2. How broad are the programs? 3. What’s the legal rationale? 4. Is the NSA still collecting email records? 5. Are there other programs that we don’t know about?

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5 Responses to News you may have missed #845

  1. g. says:

    Is their any truth in the story that mr.Blairs consultancy company gets a fee of 1,000,000 dollars a year from the Qatari government/royal family ,and if so could this sway his middle east views.

  2. DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    Far more important is why is an Israeli company handling so much of America’s secure communications. Why are Israeli companies allowed to guard our nuclear weapons? Why do Israeli companies get the contracts to handle security at key airports.And why is our entire foreign policy based upon the needs of Israel?

    Oh and before you say because they are good at I would ask you to look at their track records here in the US. It was an Israeli company that was in charge of the security at all 3 airports involved with 9-11. It was an Israeli company that was guarding the nuke site were a weapon allegedly stolen. And of course it always seems like Israel knows everything that goes on in Congress before anyone else. The fact that its company(s) have direct access to all us raw intel data BEFORE US agencies might have something to do with that..

    The question is not “is it legal” because clearly it is not. The question is why are we allowing a foreign power to have access to our raw data let alone control it. Why is a foreign power allowed to guard our nuclear weapons. Why is a foreign power allowed to guard our airports. These are all acts of treason and madness which defy common sense. Unless of course you happen to be a dual citizen Israeli like so many government officials in Washington. Then it makes perfect sense.

  3. Pete says:

    @g

    Looks like Blair has enriched himself in ways unusual for a former UK politician – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Blair#Private_sector :

    “Blair has used his Quartet role to gain introductions and proximity to Arab leaders, with whom he then signed private consulting contracts for Tony Blair Associates. He obtained one such contract, worth $40m from the Emir of Kuwait, to advise on reforms, and another from the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.

    Blair was instrumental in lobbying Israel to release frequencies in November 2009 for mobile phone company Wataniya to operate in the occupied West Bank. Wataniya is owned by the Qatari telecoms giant Q-Tel …”

    So yes Blair has represented Qatari interests and those of many other nations. Possibly Blair is trying to catch up with the business empires of Bush Inc and Clinton and Co.

    Cheers

    Pete

  4. Pete says:

    Re “Five unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs.” Question “5. Are there other programs that we don’t know about?”

    Yes – many and varied – no doubt about that. To name three Flame, Duqu and Stuxnet would have surveillance functions – in part for targeting before their malware-destruction functions are deployed. Deniable that NSA is connected with these…see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet#United_States for Stuxnet and this includes references to Flame and Duqu.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing these, I had missed Blair’s adviser.

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