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Jan 27, 2015

Is Wiretapping a Reality in Belize?

Has the Government of Belize secured highly trained Israeli surveillance team to monitor phone conversations and text messages? For some time now, several reports have been claiming that this is the case. We have been doing research on this highly sensitive issue to connect the dots and have found out the following.  There has been an undisputed claim that G.O.B. brought in experts to train and equip the Police Department to listen in to conversations over telephone lines for national security purposes. While there has been no official disclosure of these ‘activities,’ it was suspected that the software has been installed at the state-owned company, B.T.L.  It also came to light years ago that the Israeli team paid a visit to Smart seeking information about frequencies and other technical communication data, but it was unable to provide legal documentation so they left and never returned. Our research also came up with claims that a number of lists were allegedly compiled with “numbers of interest,” belonging to several key political players. On the heels of these reports, G.O.B. was able to secure a vehicle with high level equipment from the Israelis. The vehicle, it is alleged, is outfitted with cellular transmission blocking, phone conversation monitoring, audio and video surveillance capabilities.

So, what does this say about the citizens’ privacy? Well, if you can remember back in 2010 the controversial Interception of Communications Bill was ratified. Back then, Government said it was to be used primarily to tackle crime. But, any legal mind and surveillance technology expert can tell you that the legislation can be used for purposes that seek to remove citizens’ privacy.  Back in 2011, a report appeared in the local press that NICE Systems Limited was hired by the government. That company’s website says that it specializes in telephone voice recording, data security and surveillance. At the time, cell phone owners were registering their sim cards as required by law.

Ricardo Martinelli

Which brings us to this… A little over a week ago, the media in Panama reported that the Attorney General was investigating illegal wiretapping that took place between the 2009-2014 administrations of President Ricardo Martinelli. Damning evidence against Martinelli discovered traces of high tech equipment used for spying, targeted politicians, union officials, business people, journalists, indigenous leaders and N.G.O.s. And just how did Panama obtain this type of technology? Well, if you are thinking it sounds oddly similar to the story of the Israelis in Belize, then you are right. The Panama press reports that the Martinelli administration bought the surveillance equipment from Israel.

Now, this may or may not have anything to do with this alleged “surveillance,” but since 2009, Israeli access to Belize was made a whole lot easier since they have been able to enter Belize sans-visa. At the time, it was said that the visa waiver would result in a boost in tourism, trade and access to technology. But interestingly, Belize receives less than seventy-five visitors from Israel and Israel even less visitors from Belize. It is all interesting because it is the same Isreali Company that finds itself in the eye of reports in Belize and Panama. We’ll have other developments on this story as they become available.

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8 Responses for “Is Wiretapping a Reality in Belize?”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Keep the baby killers out of Belize. They say they have the best military in the world but all wars in GAZA have been against unarmed civilians and children. Keep these khazars out of Belize.

  2. Ali BaBarrow sez says:

    You call this news?

    Remember shortly after Ali seized BTL they began going through the PUP email?
    The opposition members started changing their email addresses outside Belize to at least get their emails off the email servers at BTL.

    Pretty much anyone they want target without a court order, they do. Screw the country of Belize and the constitution, that’s for the suckers. the criminals work for the emperor criminal, Ali!

    Let me guess they tap fonseca’s phone, but are clueless who stole the ammo. It is an inside job by a band of thieves who would piss on anyone. The churches are no better, silent with no moral authority, spiritually bankrupt like the rest of the country.

    The exodus of expats retirees has begun, youth unemployment with no future, crime out of control, all the real business dying, keep busting tourists for a stick of weed, when the tourists figure out Belize, then it will get meaner with the criminals owning everything.

  3. Ali BaBarrow sez says:

    Sans visas for Israelis?

    It is diplomatic courtesy.

    Hezbollah buys their Belizean passports with cash from GOB. Who in turn do the mighty hookup, throwing in a birth certificate and drivers license with the blow job.

    Hitting up diplomatic staff for sexual demands is not the exclusive righteousness of minister Castro, he can booty call with Mello and the rest of the cabinet.

  4. Rod says:

    Judas barrow has been doing this for years now and his major targets is the pup and everyone involved in the pup all your private conversations have been wire tapped for the last 3 years now wake up unu duncy belizeans.

  5. Justice says:

    There is wire tapping in Belize. I have been a victim of it. Its not only the Belizean government we have to fear, its the Americans. The US embassy was listening to my conversations only because i was married to someone of interest. At the time i never saw nothing suspicious but then they came to my office and interrogated me and mentioned some conversations i had with some friends and the time and date that i spoke to them. I went to people in power to speak about it and they told me that they can’t do nothing about it because there’s a possibility that they are being listen to as well. Wire tapping is a tool of those in power.

  6. ex police says:

    as an ex police officer i can attest to that wiretapping is a fact in belize…i joined the force in 1984, when i was transferred to Special Branch this was something already in effect, certain political figures and other well known individuals were our target…….

  7. kevin says:

    Well legislation is not kept up to battle this type of invasion of privacy

  8. liberty and freedom says:

    The Zionist state of Israel has done this in collaboration with the Americans. I hope everyone has read about the American NSA and CIA wiretapping everyone worldwide; the CIA is very active in Belize. That is because Belize has diplomatic relations with Belize. Now Obama (Barrow’s brother)
    is “opening up” diplomatic relations with Cuba. A new colony for the Americans.

    As a side note, the American flags are still on Police vehicles after the uproar about the imperialists
    taking over Belize.

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