BUSINESS part 1With this box, the dreaded Syrian intelligence service can easily crush any opponents of the regime. Therouter is produced by an American company, - and Norway as an investor.THE WATCHERS
The Arab spring have caused Klondike-like environment for a very dangerous multimillion dollar business,- the surveillance industry. New opportunities for mass-surveillance have emerged and is a major hit withboth dictatorships, democracies and Norway's petroleum found.*Written by Osman Kibra*
The power is out. Aladdin sits in the dark, but he is online. From his hiding place on the Syriancountryside he prepares to report how many killed and wounded he have seen today.He connects to the web via satellite, and get in touch with Dagens Næringsliv (the news paper with thearticle). Prior to the riots, the father of 3 did not use internet much. He made a living transportingvegetables with his truck. Then, when almost everyone he knew in his village got killed in a period of 20
days, he decided to fight Assad’s dictatorship in his own way. He acquired an illegal satellite phone, some
computer equipment and started reporting, sending pictures and videos of the daily killings. 10 monthslater, he has lost count of the causalities. Only this day, he witnessed four killings.-
I don’t have a choice, Basar Al Assad have killed my people. He continues to kill my people. Should I
just run away and let all these people get killed?- His home has been ransacked several times, and the activist can get caught anytime. No means ofcommunication is safe anymore.- He knows that using a cell phone or hooking up to the internet is one of the riskiest things dissidents ofSyria can do these days. The government have armed them self with new modern technology whichenables them to detect and servile dissidents quicker than ever before. Almost every single email, phonecall or Internet connection can be traced. When the dissidents are identified, lots of them gets arrested,tortured and killed. Aladdin is one of the few who knows how to circumvent the surveillance in one of the
world’s most dangerous countries.
Whilst the riot in Syria is heading into its most dangerous phase, the Arab spring have brought forward aKlondike for a little known, top secret multimillion dollar industry: the mass surveillance industry.THE WATCHERS MEETING POINT Part 2
In the lobby of a 5 star American luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the mood is gloomy. The suspicion stickswith every one checking in the last 24 hours. If one look away from a small sign at the counter in thereception, there is nothing indicating that something special is about to happen. The 950 invited, are notnormal hotel guests. They belong to a privileged elite of surveillance experts, military intelligence officers,police chiefs and spy's. In addition to the people keeping the lowest profile of them all. Producers andsellers of surveillance equipment.
The gathering, Intelligence Security Systems World, al
so known as “Watchers ball” is the surveillance
industries most important meeting point. Here comes everyone who is selling or buying the latestdevelopment in surveillance. Everything that happens at ISS is becomes and stays governmental secrets.The entire fourth floor of the Hilton hotel is closed of security people make sure that none other thanthose invited get inn.