Western hypocrisy on Freedoms: How Ericsson’s advanced technology is provided to an Iranian service described as barbaric in the west.Monday, 31 October 2011
Swedish telecom giant,Ericsson sold high level advanced surveillance equipment to the Iranian regime described in the west as dangerous to its people.
The Ericsson equipments have the ability to carry out extensive monitoring of Iranian opposition. This is a report that emerged from the numerous documents and interviews that Bloomberg news agency carried out to determine how the west in exhibiting hypocrisy and arming dangerous tyrants that poses massive danger to the people and the world.
According to Bloomberg, Ericsson, the telecommunications giant with $28 billion in sales last year, in 2008 supplied Irancell with its Mobile Positioning System 9.0 for locating subscribers a test system that Ericsson says Irancell didn’t buy and could use only on a limited scale.
Ericsson later sold Irancell the positioning-data component of the test system, says Richard Carter, Ericsson’s Istanbul- based head of commercial, sourcing and partnering in the Middle East and the country manager for Iran. It was sold in late 2009, the company confirmed. Known as a Serving Mobile Positioning Centre, the box calculates a person’s position and logs the data.
AdvertisementA former Irancell manager said that all such systems supplied to the mobile operator, including technology from Ericsson, were accessible by law enforcement agencies.
The former Ericsson employee urgently called in to fix the system in late 2009 says he was told that Iranian intelligence officers were attempting to pinpoint the location of someone in the Zahedan area of southeast Iran reports Bloomberg News.
The network continued that before the election, on January 24, 2009, Ericsson officials pitched a tracking system specifically for Iran’s security agencies to MCI, according to a seven-page agenda and another document describing the Tehran meeting.
One month earlier, the U.N. General Assembly had expressed “deep concern at serious human rights violations” in Iran.
Law enforcement agents would be able to track subscribers with “easy and friendly” identification of geographic positions on a map, according to Ericsson’s 51-page proposal to MCI, which serves 44 million subscribers.
A list of basic features says maps could reveal the whereabouts of 200,000 MCI mobile-phone subscribers at a time and archive the locations for later analysis.
The system Ericsson proposed offered capabilities for law enforcement referred to as “PoLIS” that would allow the interception of all phone calls occurring in a specific area, among other features, according to a copy of the proposal.
Bloomberg which carried out intensive research and has gone through more than a hundred documents shows that Ericsson and Creativity Software has sold technology to specifically be used for law enforcement, including a GPS-like technology.
Ericsson confirmed that the company during the fourth quarter of 2009 that it was selling such equipment to Iran, but that it was the mobile operator IranCell that wanted the technology to assist it facilitate the billing of customers.
But an Ericsson employee who Bloomberg talked to testify that on the night of the security police tried to track down an opposition member, he was called in to correct a mistake in the monitoring system.
See detains of the news as reported on Bloomberg news
By Scancomark.se Team
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