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Lyagushka Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-05-04 04:12 PM
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23. Excellent Post
Edited on Thu Aug-05-04 04:13 PM by Lyagushka
To select one small part of this excellent post:

"the Israeli company Odigo two hours before the first plane hit, is the vilest kind of anti-Semitism and should not be dignified with a response. That the stories were also reported in the Israeli media is a sad display of self-hatred among certain elements of the Jewish Left.

This was reported by Ha'aretz in Israel:

One part of their report that is interesting is the following section:

"Odigo usually zealously protects the privacy of its registered users, said Macover, but in this case the company took the initiative to provide the law enforcement services with the originating Internet Presence address of the message, so the FBI could track down the Internet Service Provider, and the actual sender of the original message"

I wonder what the FBI did with the information they found- that seemed to have ended at the same dead end as the Anthrax investigation.

It has been a long while since I last read about Odigo, but I believe that they took over another Israeli electronics firm who have a monopoly on providing federal agencies with the equipment for electronic wire taps (I cannot remember their name). This equipment was fitted with a 'trap door'. ostensibly to allow the developers to upgrade the software, but there had been a number of high profile investigations that had failed as those under surveillance were aware that their communications were being tapped. The article I read said that the concern was that hackers had either managed to break into this trap door or that the methodology had been 'sold' by those that helped develop it. Yet this is the equipment that almost all federal agencies use, and to replace would be financial prohibitive.

As I wrote, I am pretty hazy on the details (sorry) though I do remember posting a fuller account on another web site, so I will have to see if I can find it again.

I know that there are various conspiracies that can be construed from this (including some fairly repulsive ones that claim the Israelis were behind 911 or at least were aware it would take place). Israel has a history of spying on its allies, so it not inconceivable that they may have had a hand in developing the technology now being used, but I would suspect that if drug dealers have managed to 'break' these systems, it would not be beyond possibility that terrorists will have as well.

It is only a small point (though the fact that wire taps had been circumvented in this way seems woefully under reported) but many 'small' points can contribute to a fuller picture.

I would also love to know if the FBI ever discovered the senders of these messages...and if so, why this has remained another well kept secret.
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