"I almost can't believe I'm witnessing
this. We're inside
the fortress of terror
, our very own Mordor
Egyptian Protestors stormed the state security services
on March 5th in response to the ongoing destruction of documents incriminating security officers in crimes against humanity, invasion of privacy, etc. Protestors are now uploading many of the surviving secret documents to facebook
. Egyptian ex-pats are hailing the raid as 'Bastille Day in Egypt'.
Protestors have found torture devices that confirm the stories of Egyptians tortured by the security services, evidence of massive state surveillance, and even a room full of sex tapes for blackmailing famous people, including Arab royals like Kuwait's Princess.
Among the secret papers published thus far, there is an offer
by a German & U.K. company called Gamma International for their software suit FinFisher
together with training. FinFisher claims the ability to hack into Yahoo, GoogleMail and Hotmail mailboxes, record Skype calls, and spy on people through their laptops' built-in microphone and camera (FinSpy). Interestingly, the German law StGB 202c
prohibits the private development of software intended to permit unsolicited access to private data, although presumably U.K. laws governing spying tools may resemble the more permissive U.S. laws that commonly even permit the resale of spy tech to private enterprise.
The events are reminiscent of the destruction
by the Stasi during the collapse of East Germany as well as corresponding raid by East German protestors. And hopefully the technology developed for reassembling the Stasi files will help the Egyptians reassemble files that've been shredded by not yet burned.
In theory, many western nations have strong data retention policies, such as the U.S.'s Presidential Records Act. Yet, we still encounter situations like the Bush email scandal even under democratic transitions of power. See also: the NSA's warrantless wiretapping scandal.