“Authorities are leaking your vulnerabilities to criminals”

In a recent article the CEO of internet service provider Bahnhof, Jon Karlung, criticizes a proposal by the Swedish Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman:

If the NSA cannot keep tight – why should Swedish security services succeed better? The risk of the proposal for secret data reading is therefore that external criminals once again get a list of security holes …

Read the article on SVT Opinion (in Swedish). Earlier, the Swedish “Defence” Minister, Peter Hultqvist, has also proposed that Sweden should be able to carry out offensive cyber attacks (link to Swedish content). The danger is obvious that such measures do more harm than good.

Swedish arms exports

Sweden used to be a country known for neutrality and strive for peace. However, abandoning those principles step by step seems to have coincided with an increase in Swedish arms exports. Calculated per person, Sweden is nowadays one of the countries that sell the most weapons in the world, according to the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (all links in this post are to Swedish content). Despite guidelines that should prevent this, Sweden sells military equipment to both countries at war and dictatorships. The Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri recently defended the Swedish arms exports and wrote about “responsibility for the Swedish peace and freedom in the future”. Well, despite Sweden’s soaring arms exports, our prospects for peace somehow seem worse than before. “Sweden can be at war within a few years”, was last year stated by the army chief. And the wars we support in other countries (sometimes not only by selling arms) can be a reason for terrorist attacks here. The following video is a few years old, but is still a powerful statement against the hypocrisy.

Säpo in the news again

On this site, we have earlier highlighted some of the questionable activities of the Swedish Security Service (Säpo). Recently, Säpo has been in the news again (the following links are to content in Swedish):

An insider’s view of the CIA

As news are spread about WikiLeaks‘ recently published documents on CIA hacking tools and espionage orders for the 2012 French election, it is worth reminding about Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty. See The Col. L Fletcher Prouty Reference Site and his book The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, where he writes that:

It must be uncovered. It must be made known. It must be exposed to the light. And then it must be told No. To be effective, this means that Congress must cut its money off, not only at the central source, but at all the hidden nerve centers.

Before it is too late, we Americans must realize that this great cancer exists.

The murders of women in Honduras

The murder of Berta Cáceres still receives some attention in the media, for example in The Guardian, which recently wrote that it was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces. Before the assassination in her home, she singled out Clinton for her role supporting the Honduran coup. See also Justice for Berta,

Last year, the activist Lesbia Janeth Urquía was also killed in Honduras.

It reminds about the statement “anyone can murder a woman in Honduras and nothing will happen“.

Fake history made in Sweden

Last year, an updated edition was published of the book I mörka vatten (In dark waters), written by Mathias Mossberg. The book explains how parts of the Swedish military, in cooperation with USA/NATO, deceived the Swedish people regarding foreign submarines in Swedish waters. To cover up what really happened, some Swedish insiders have apparently made documentation disappear and replaced it with fake history, blaming everything on Soviet/Russia. Others, who have tried to tell the truth, have for example been bullied. The book also asks the question if Swedish politician Carl Bildt was fooled himself of if he fooled the rest of us?

This deceit still continues today. For example, if you visit the Swedish Naval Museum in Karlskrona, take a close look at the exhibition regarding the cold war and compare it to what Mossberg writes. The exhibition tells visitors that “unlike NATO, which focused on defense, the Warsaw Pact had detailed attack plans”, while the reality was probably that NATO countries were successfully conducting psychological warfare against Sweden. Another Swedish politician, Ingvar Carlsson, appears on video in the exhibition. Was he also fooled or is he still fooling us today?

It looks like the Swedish Armed Forces has tried a submarine trick again in recent years, in order to get more funds and scare Sweden to get closer to NATO.

Now, Swedish newspapers report that:

Sweden is subject to constant attacks by Russian senders. But despite increased awareness and an increasingly aggressive Russia, there is a lack of resources, according to the Psyop unit that monitors the information environment.

It is of course likely that Russia is involved in information warfare, but they are hardly the only ones, and it is clear that Russia does not have media supremacy in Sweden. The Psyop unit, like so some other Swedish authorities, seem to be leaving out very essential information.

Can Swedes really trust their own military today? Who does the military really serve?

Child murders continue under Trump

At the end of January, The Intercept reported that president Trump personally authorized an attack in Yemen, where one of the killed was an 8-year old girl, Nawar. Her 16-year old brother Abdulrahman was killed by a drone strike under the Obama administration. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism provides more details on the nine young children killed in the recent attack and reminds about Trump’s campaign statement to take out the families of terrorists. According to The New York Times, the White House continues to insist that the attack was a “success”, but Yemen’s reaction has been strong.

Furthermore, an editorial in Business Insider points out that:

  • Obama started US involvement in Yemen secretly and illegally
  • SEALs were sent into the line of fire without constitutionally-required authorization from Congress
  • US intervention in Yemen not defending any American interests, it is counterproductively fostering the very terrorists

Who will decide what the allowed opinions are?

Censorship in Europe is an increasing threat against basic human rights and eventually against rule of law.

In October, Swedish Radio reported (in Swedish) about a proposal from the Danish government. The security police would be allowed to:

  • Trace and remove propaganda by entering servers and delete material
  • Force Internet providers to block domains abroad which contain propaganda

They also reported about the proposed “common sense voices”, a task force to provide countermeasures when radical messages are spread in social media.

Already in 2011, Rick Falkvinge highlighted the risk of opening the door for censorship, even it it is for a good cause. It now appears that he has been proven right.

In Germany, the paper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) seems to be threatened with censorship. Read their call for help (in German). Interestingly, they have published articles such as the following, which are critical of the West:

Obviously, state criminals in the West don’t want the public to know about their crimes, and will do anything to stop such information from getting attention. If it is not enough to label critical voices as “conspiracy theorists” or “Putin lovers”, censorship seems to be a possible method.