Meet Toka, the Most Dangerous Israeli Spyware Firm You’ve Never Heard Of

22-07-21 04:58:00,

LONDON – This past Sunday, an investigation into the global abuse of spyware developed by veterans of Israeli intelligence Unit 8200 gained widespread attention, as it was revealed that the software – sold to democratic and authoritarian governments alike – had been used to illegally spy on an estimated 50,000 individuals. Among those who had their communications and devices spied on by the software, known as Pegasus, were journalists, human rights activists, business executives, academics and prominent political leaders. Among those targeted political leaders, per reports, were the current leaders of France, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Iraq.

The abuse of Pegasus software in this very way has been known for several years, though these latest revelations appear to have gained such traction in the mainstream owing to the high number of civilians who have reportedly been surveilled through its use. The continuation of the now-years-long scandal surrounding the abuse of Pegasus has also brought considerable controversy and notoriety to the Israeli company that developed it, the NSO Group.

While the NSO Group has become infamous, other Israeli companies with even deeper ties to Israel’s intelligence apparatus have been selling software that not only provides the exact same services to governments and intelligence agencies but purports to go even farther.

Originally founded by former Israeli Prime Minister and Jeffrey Epstein associate Ehud Barak, one of these companies’ wares are being used by countries around the world, including in developing countries with the direct facilitation of global financial institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. In addition, the software is only made available to governments that are “trusted” by Israel’s government, which “works closely” with the company.

Despite the fact that this firm has been around since 2018 and was covered in detail by this author for MintPress News in January 2020, no mainstream outlet – including those that have extensively covered the NSO Group – has bothered to examine the implications of this story.

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The Dangerous Truth About What We Aren’t Allowed to Know | New Eastern Outlook

08-07-21 12:38:00,

CVD

With millions dead and a world economy shattered, the truth about COVID 19 isn’t getting closer, no, it’s getting further away, buried by politics, shrouded in lies. 99 percent of those who write about COVID, either medically or from a security standpoint, have no qualifications in either arena.

Moreover, those few that are qualified either lie or, if “the truth is out there,” it isn’t accepted, suppressed by the press, drowned in “chaff” or simply undiscernible by those of lesser capability.

But then it isn’t just COVID 19.

First, the process should be explained. By “process,” I mean the methods real or “supposed” intelligence and security experts use to discern “probability of fact” for those supposedly “entrusted” with the secret and special knowledge that constitutes “truth.”

You see, “truth” isn’t just relative, its dangerous. It also varies from “the narrative” in almost every case where the best analogous references best come from Matrix films.

Now we are going to use one of those dangerous analogies. How many remember 9/11 and the “Harley guy.” Moments after the first tower crashed on 9/11, an individual, later identified as an employee of Fox News, wearing a Harley Davidson t shirt, identified what he deemed the cause of the building collapses, pancaking caused by massive fires and structural weakening.

Years since, a virtual army of architects and engineers have disputed the “Harley guy” stating that his analysis, with no qualifications, but one later published as “fact” was in fact scientifically impossible and literally laughable.

What one who works in intelligence would call this is “revealing the narrative.” Such “narratives” are standard in any military operation as part of “cover and deception,” an integral part of every move, be it a fake gas attack or the D-Day invasion of France in 1944.

For COVID 19, it was the story of “bat soup.” Within hours of China’s COVID 19 outbreak being reported, a fake narrative hit every media organization in the world at the same time. An unnamed source cited the sale of infected bats, sold as soup to customers including the US military team at the Wuhan Games in October 2019 (369 members strong, finishing in 38th place).

Two more issues were made public,

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‘Dangerous Precedent’: Supreme Court Sides With Food Giants Nestlé, Cargill in Child Slavery Case • Children’s Health Defense

21-06-21 05:50:00,

Human rights advocates denounced a Supreme Court decision in favor of the two international corporations which were sued more than a decade ago for their alleged complicity in child trafficking.

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Human rights advocates denounced a Supreme Court decision last week in favor of the U.S. corporate giants Nestlé USA and Cargill, which were sued more than a decade ago by six men who say the two companies were complicit in child trafficking and profited when the men were enslaved on cocoa farms as children.

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 against the plaintiffs, saying they had not proven the companies’ activities in the U.S. were sufficiently tied to the alleged child trafficking. The companies had argued that they could not be sued in the U.S. for activities that took place in West Africa.

Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under the Obama administration, represented the two companies and also argued that they could not be sued for complicity in child trafficking because they are corporations, not individuals.

Writing at Slate last December, Mark Joseph Stern called Katyal’s position “radical” and “extreme,” detailing the nine justice’s skepticism about his defense of the companies — but the court ultimately sided with him.

The plaintiffs, who are from Mali and say they are survivors of child trafficking and slavery in Côte d’Ivoire, filed their lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute, an 18th century law which allows federal courts to hear civil actions filed by foreigners regarding offenses “committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”

In recent years the Court has limited when the law can be invoked in court, arguing it cannot be used to file a lawsuit when the offense was committed “almost entirely abroad,” according to the New York Times.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that Nestlé and Cargill have total control over the production of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire, where child labor is widespread and where the men said they were forced to work long hours and to sleep in locked shacks at night.

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The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy in Europe – Antiwar.com Blog

08-03-21 01:35:00,

The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the Ionian Sea from February 22 to March 5. Ships, submarines, and planes from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Belgium, and Turkey participated in it. The two main units involved in this exercise were a US Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine and the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle together with its battle group, and a nuclear attack submarine was also included. Soon after the exercise, the Charles de Gaulle carrier went to the Persian Gulf. Italy, which participated in the Dynamic Manta with ships and submarines, was the entire exercise “host nation”: Italy made the port of Catania (Sicily) and the Navy helicopter station (also in Catania) available to the participating forces, the Sigonella air station (the largest US / NATO base in the Mediterranean) and Augusta (both in Sicily) the logistics base for supplies. The purpose of the exercise was the hunt for Russian submarines in the Mediterranean that, according to NATO, would threaten Europe.

At the same time, the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and its battle group are carrying out operations in the Atlantic to “demonstrate continued US military support for allies and a commitment to keep the seas free and open.” These operations – conducted by the Sixth Fleet, whose command is in Naples and base is in Gaeta – fall within the strategy set out in particular by Admiral Foggo, formerly head of the NATO Command in Naples: accusing Russia of wanting to sink with its submarines the ships connecting the two sides of the Atlantic, so as to isolate Europe from the USA. He argued that NATO must prepare for the “Fourth Battle of the Atlantic,” after those of the two World Wars and the cold war. While naval exercises are underway, strategic B-1 bombers, transferred from Texas to Norway, are carrying out “missions” close to Russian territory, together with Norwegian F-35 fighters, to “demonstrate the readiness and capability of the United States in supporting the allies.

Military operations in Europe and adjacent seas take place under the command of US Air Force General Tod Wolters, who heads the US European Command and at the same time NATO, with the position of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, this position is always covered by a US General.

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Lab Just Made a More Dangerous COVID Virus

05-02-21 03:06:00,

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