lördag 8 januari 2011

What is this?

Original statement.

We are concerned about demonstrations that have occurred over the past few weeks in Tunisia, which we understand to be the result of social and economic unrest. We encourage all parties to show restraint as citizens exercise their right of public assembly. We have also conveyed our views directly to the Tunisian government.

Furthermore, we are concerned about recent reports that Tunisian ISP providers, at the direction of the government, hacked into the accounts of Tunisian users of American companies including Facebook, and providers of email such as Yahoo and Google, and stealing passwords. This kind of interference threatens the ability of civil society to realize the benefits of new technologies. Cyber intrusions of all kinds, including reported attacks on government of Tunisia websites, disrupt the free flow of information and reduce overall confidence in the reliability and security of vital information networks. We urge all parties to respect the freedoms of expression and information that belong to everyone.

Is this a statement from the same government that put pressure on Visa, MasterCard and PayPal to make them stop payments to WikiLeaks?

The same government that puts pressure on Twitter to obtain private information about their users, one of which, by luck for the rest of us, happens to be an Icelandic MP?

The same government that detains Bradley Manning and plans to charge him with whichever crimes they can pin on him, for blowing the whistle on a war they know they have already lost? (In the previous U.S. history, whistleblowers have traditionally not been convicted to punishment by courts.)

The same government that pushed their president to break one of the most important promises from his election campaign by signing an agreement to continue the highly illegal operation of the infamous Guantanamo base?

Well, I guess one should be grateful for the small blessings...

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