US to Provide Iraq With Wiretapping System
|July 31, 2011||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Erbil, (AKnews) – The U.S. is to provide Iraq with wiretapping equipment to listen in to mobile phone calls and messages in a move aimed at tackling militants and criminals, the Washington Post has reported.
The equipment will be similar to that used by the FBI and will be able to target up to 5000 devices.
Iraq has strict laws on the surveillance of citizens. The law enforcement agencies would be supposed to obtain warrants before eves-dropping on any conversation. However, the Iraqi security forces are known to bypass the law in other areas, such as the use of torture to extract confessions.
An American contractor would buy, install and maintain the equipment, and would train the Iraqis to run it. The monitoring stations will be located in Baghdad at an existing signals intelligence center, backed up by computer servers at the Interior Ministry’s National Information and Investigation Agency, the country’s primary investigative agency.
The U.S. set up a similar system in Afghanistan three years ago to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration in its investigations of suspected terrorists involved in the drug trade.
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