New Zealand security officials suspect Israeli Mossad agents were trying to obtain sensitive information from the state's databases, reported the local Southland Times newspaper on Tuesday. Authorities suspect that one of the agents was Ofer Mizrahi, one of three Israelis killed in the earthquake in the city of Christchurch last February.
Authorities have launched an investigation into what a senior security official called "suspicious activities of several groups of Israelis during and immediately after the earthquake."
British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his close relation with Rupert Murdoch's media empire, as he faced the harsh attacks of the opposition parties in the parliament on Wednesday.
While answering the constant attacks of the opposition MPs over Murdoch's hacking scandal, Cameron backed his former director of communications Andy Coulson. He expressed his regret over hiring the former editor of News of the World but stopped to make a full apology over Coulson's appointment.
Cameron went on to say that he would give a "profound apology" if it reveals that Coulson knew about the newspaper's phone hacking.
"If it turns out that Coulson knew about hacking, he will have lied to the police, to a select committee, to a court of law, and to me. I took his assurances in good faith. But if it turns out that he knew, then that will be a matter of huge regret, and will be subject to criminal investigations,” he stressed.
In a move to attack the PM over his error of judgment over hiring Coulson and being unaware of Coulson's scandal, Labour leader Ed Miliband urged the PM to give a full apology.
“[Cameron] says in hindsight he made a mistake by hiring Mr Coulson. He says if Mr Coulson lied to him, he would apologise. That isn't good enough. It's not about hindsight, it's not about whether Mr Coulson lied to him. It's about all the information and warnings the prime minister ignored. He was warned and he preferred to ignore the warnings,” Miliband said.
Miliband stressed that this cannot be put down to "gross incompetence,” adding that was a “deliberate attempt” to hide the truth about Coulson.
Coulson quit as editor in 2007 after two people employed by the newspaper were jailed for phone-hacking. He was subsequently given a job by Cameron, but stepped down from the government in January 2011.
Anti-swearing law draws expletive-laden protesters
Australian protesters rallying against new anti-swearing laws avoided fines despite standing outside Parliament and yelling expletives at their state leader.
ted baillieu swearing
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
9:38AM BST 18 Jul 2011
The group used loudspeakers and cried “---- off Baillieu” and “Tell Baillieu to get ------” to protest measures allowing police to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $A240 (£158) for language that is indecent, disorderly, offensive or threatening.
The new police powers had been trialled for three years but have been made permanent under Ted Baillieu, Victoria’s Premier, who was elected late last year.
The rally drew only a small crowd — it was arranged late, the organisers said — and featured protesters wearing T-shirts and badges bearing swear words. But the amplified swearing was toned down in front of the police, who took no action against the protest.
Critics of the law say it is an attack on free speech, a revenue raising and an attempt to act to bolster the Government’s law and order credentials.
Ali Sayed, one of the protest organisers, said the new laws give police ill-defined powers to decide what rates as offensive language.
Israeli secret service Mossad has been accused of conducting an intelligence gathering operation in the country, which was allegedly interrupted when a van used by the cell was crushed by masonry falling from a building.
It is claimed that a man, who died inside the wreckage, had five passports in his possession, and three surviving Israelis who were in the vehicle fled the country within 12 hours.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key confirmed last week that the government's Security Intelligence Service had launched a full investigation into the discovery.
But during a visit to the US, Mr Key dismissed the concerns saying no evidence was found that the people involved were anything other than backpackers.
He said his advice was that the man was found with only two passports, one of European origin.
Why did UK police declare death of News of the World whistleblower “not suspicious?”
By Chris Marsden 20 July 2011
When the former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare was found dead Monday at his home in Watford, north of London, the immediate response of the Hertfordshire police was to issue a public statement declaring his death to be “unexplained but not thought to be suspicious.”
The statement is at the very least extraordinary, and at worst sinister in its implications. Hoare is the man who broke silence on the corrupt practices at the News of the World and, most specifically, alleged that former editor Andy Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications, was fully aware of phone hacking that took place on an “industrial scale.”
Under these circumstances, before either a post-mortem or any investigation had been mounted, how could such a claim be made by the police?
Man Takes Viagra, Wears Sweatpants for TSA Pat Down
these guys sin't goin' nowhere...
NASHVILLE INT’L AIRPORT — A Wyoming man walked through a TSA checkpoint with a raging erection on Tuesday, daring TSA officers and even fellow passengers to give him an invasive pat down.
“I’m next,” Warren Kelvin, 34, screamed as he pushed to the front of the security line. According to TSA officials, Kelvin had ingested two Viagra and wore sweatpants without boxers for his Southwest flight from Nashville to Phoenix.
“I thought he was carrying a baton in his pants,” said Amanda Watershed, second shift supervisor of the A Terminal at Nashville International Airport. “Nope… That was his penis.”
As eavesdroppers go, next to Uncle Sam and John Bull, Rupert Murdoch, the moral force behind Fox News, is an amateur.
That's because a global eavesdropping scheme being run today by the United States and Great Britain dwarfs anything that Rupert Murdoch's editors at The News of The World (TNTW) ever dared attempt.
British Prime Minister David Cameron may well deny he knew TNTW was tapping the phones of members of UK's Royal household or those of American 9/11 victims. But he can't claim he doesn't know his country is a partner in ECHELON, which, according to Washington journalist Bill Blum, is a “network of massive, highly automated interception stations” that is eavesdropping on the entire world.
"Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex...satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links, voice, text images (that are) captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth and then processed by high-powered computers," Blum writes in his book "Rogue State" (Common Courage Press).
Calling it the greatest invasion of privacy ever, Blum says the ceaseless, illegal spy system sucks up perhaps billions of messages daily, including those of prime ministers, the Secretary-General of the UN, the pope, embassies, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, and transnational corporations and that "if God has a phone, it's being monitored."
Blum also said that during the countdown to its invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. listened in on the conversations of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, "and all the members of the UN Security Council...when they were deliberating about what action to take in Iraq."
Launched in the 1970s to spy on Soviet satellite communications, the NSA and its junior partners in Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand operate ECHELON, which is a network of massive, highly automated interception stations covering the globe at the expense of American taxpayers.
lissynote: I don't know how anyone deciphers ancient text, I can't even say Gracias properly after a year in Mexico... but I like an alternate theory to our ancient origins as much as the next bloke...