A new intelligence law brought in by Venezuela‘s President Hugo Chavez has caused concern among rights groups who say it threatens civil liberties.
Mr. Chavez argues the law will help Venezuela guarantee its national security and prevent assassination plots and military rebellions. The new law requires Venezuelans to cooperate with intelligence agencies and secret police if requested.
Refusal can result in up to four years in prison. The law allows security forces to gather evidence through surveillance methods such as wiretapping without obtaining a court order, and authorities can withhold evidence from defense lawyers if it is considered to be in the interest of national security.
One part of the law, which explicitly requires judges and prosecutors to cooperate with the intelligence services, has caused concern among legal experts. “Here you have the president legislating by decree that the country’s judges must serve as spies for the government,” Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas Director for Human Rights Watch, said.
Chavez seems to find out that there is a line that separates a public hero to a dictator and unfortunately he’s ready to cross this line!
An Israeli citizen convicted of spying for Hezbollah in 2002 has been deported to Lebanon.
There are rumors that the release of Nasim Nisr could be part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Lebanon. Mr. Nisr was born in Lebanon to a Jewish mother and a Shia Muslim father. He left the country in 1982 and became an Israeli citizen.
When his jail sentence ended a month ago, Israel opted to revoke his citizenship and deport him to Lebanon. Mr. Nisr was driven to the border crossing near Lebanon’s southern town of Naqoura in an unmarked white jeep and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The wall moved from Berlin to the Middle East and unfortunate Lebanon always in the middle!
A fierce political row has broken out in Lebanon over claims that the radical Shia movement, Hezbollah, secretly filmed aircraft at Beirut‘s airport.
Heads of the Western-backed government accused Hezbollah of preparing for some kind of terrorist attack. Hezbollah dismissed the accusations as scare mongering. The exchanges reflect the divisions that have paralysed Lebanon for eight months and left the country without a president for much of that time.
Is the never ending story!
A US defense department analyst has admitted giving classified information about military communication systems to a businessman working for China.
Gregg Bergersen, 51, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to disclose national defense information “to persons not entitled to receive it”. Mr. Bergersen faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on 20 June.
Correspondents say his admission comes amid growing concern in Washington about the activities of Chinese spies. Four others were arrested in separate case last month for allegedly passing secret details about the space shuttle and other US aerospace programmes to China.
Is about time for …James Bond to go to …Olympics! Actually he’s never done it before!
German supermarket group Lidl has denied that it spied on its staff, but has admitted that it placed secret cameras in its stores.
The company, which also confirmed it had employed private detectives, insisted that it carried out the measures simply to combat shoplifting. Lidl was responding to a press report that it spied on thousands of its staff across Germany and the Czech Republic.
The article said Lidl recorded how often staff went to the toilet. Featured in German magazine Stern, the article said that the company even monitored certain employees’ love lives.
So they really peep! Lidl is known for been cheap but not soooooo cheap!!!
Jet-setting billionaire Leonid Rozhetskin, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, vanished from his £1 million home just outside the Latvian capital Riga a week ago. Last night, Latvian authorities expressed fears that Mr. Rozhetskin, one of the co-founders and major shareholders in British business newspaper City AM, may have been murdered.
Latvian police say they have approached Scotland Yard for help in the light of Litvinenko’s death from radiation poisoning from polonium-210 in London in November 2006. The move prompted fears that 41-year-old Mr. Rozhetskin, who was a regular visitor to London for board meetings, may have been the victim of a political murder plot.
A Latvian police spokesman added that Mr. Rozhetskin had disappeared in “extremely worrying circumstances”.
The long arm of the former KGB agent or conspiracy theories?