Intelligence Services Block Activists’ Emails … And Frame Them With Fake Emails

Is Big Brother Blocking Your Mail?

You send an email to a reporter saying that you’ve got proof of criminal wrongdoing by a government official … or a big bank.  You never receive a response.

Or you send an email to an expert on monetary policy asking if the Federal Reserve’s policies help the rich at the expense of the little guy … or an expert on radiation asking if the Fukushima accident might endanger public health.  You never receive a response.

This might be for any number of perfectly innocent reasons, including:

  • Your email ended up in their spam folder
  • They’re busy
  • They’re not interested enough to write back
  • They think you’re a bore or a crank

But there could be another explanation …

By way of background, China has blocked gmail for its citizens.

Yahoo blocked emails relating to the Occupy protests.

Bahrain uses British software that allows the government to frame political activists by creating messages from that person that they never typed.  35 other countries use the same software.

Tunisia monitored and blocked the emails of activists, so they were never delivered.  For example:

There is also technical surveillance whereby downloading or adding attachment to an email must go through a central server. Under the pretext of protecting public order and national security, a 1998 post and telecommunications law enables the authorities to intercept and check the content of email messages and in fact electronic surveillance such as filtering of email messages of government opponents have been reported.  Global Voices Advocacy Director and Tunisia Activist Sami Ben Gharbia conducted a test from the Netherlands with two Tunisia-based activists and confirmed by logging to their email accounts from the Netherland that what he sees is not what they receive when they login from Tunisia, and that they cannot access some of the messages they receive.

The Tunisian government used software from Western companies to block emails of political dissidents.

A prominent American political writer said that – if Tunisia is doing it – you can bet that Western countries are, as well.

Indeed, Snowden revealed that the British spy agency GCHQ has developed numerous offensive digital tools, including:

Ability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online.


Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity.


Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign.

The potential for stifling dissent is staggering.

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  • kimyo

    if i were among those tasked with killing democracy dead, i’d also arrange things so that there were multiple views of the web, one for the ‘sheep’ and another for the ‘red-pills’, based on ip addresses or cellphones within bluetooth range.

    if i had one question to pose to edward snowden, i’d ask if he could imagine a way to restore the beauty and elegance of reddit. sans the sock puppets and subject bans, it might actually have lead to true democracy.

    one possibility would be to add ‘trust’. if a poster is always resorting to ad hominem attacks, or other various bogosity, you’d ‘untrust’ him/her. those that make sense, in your view, and those they trust would begin to constitute a ‘network of trust’, potentially leading to true, nuanced discussion of the issues at hand.

    • Dr Smileyface

      But wouldn’t your ‘trust’ rating get sabotaged by the dark powers?

      • kimyo

        given that every hard drive and most computer bioses sport an ‘nsa-inside™’ logo, it’s obviously going to be challenging.

        i was hoping for a brilliant solution, on the order of cohen/bit-torrent or katsuyama (killing quote-stuffing dark pools by putting 300 miles of fiber in his office.)

        in lieu of that, one part of the solution might be to store thousands of copies of each discussion thread on individual servers (like bittorrent but also with a seti at home component). when reading a topic, your front end would compare the checksums against those servers, and thus detect manipulation.

        tptb would most likely target writers most trusted by the ‘red-pills’. this approach would help to prevent tptb from spoofing their identities without their knowledge. given the ability to deliver multiple views of the web, writers need a way to confirm that their posts have not been newspeaked (ie: the blistering takedown of tbtf ellen brown posts tomorrow is viewable only on her computers, complete with a fake comment stream. as viewed by everyone else, the post praises blankfein/dimon for doing god’s work).

  • HAC NY

    I guess this may be one reason why there is not more news on Japan’s Fukishima disaster and its effects on the air and oceans worldwide.

    • Wonderment

      Actually there is minimal news because Japan passed a law forbidding coverage.

  • Republic Remembrance

    Definitely Has Been SOP for years now with the “Cognitive Infiltration” ops since at least 2008.

    Not much one can do about it, either, and they know this – they hope to cause frustration & anger of the sender. It is excellent opportunity to practice “letting go”. And in response to “Kimyo” , there is indeed manipulated pages that can be altered in some ways directly targeted to specific IP addresses. One must be very smart and aware of the multitude of traps set. I am eager to see a Washington’s Blog report on the new FCC Internet Regulations just passed. You can google FCC 15-24 for the PDF of the 583 pages + appendix A & B to download of regulations & powers to tax the internet.

  • Steve Naidamast

    So stop sending emails and send registered letters with a return receipt….

  • HAC NY

    Once the Fukushima mess hit international waters and international air space, it should have received continuous coverage worldwide regardless of Japan.