Archive for: May 2015

North Korean Missile Launch Photos Modified By Government According to US Official

The North Korean Submarine missile launch Photograph was modified according to US Admiral James Winnefeld of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.\

North Korea said that on May 9, it had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. However, due to the fact the photograph was manipulated, Admiral Winnefeld said that they have not gotten as far as their video editors would have the US believe.

Along with Winnefeld, German Aerospace Engineers Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker of Schmucker Technologie supported the manipulation angle.

According to the two, the photos of the launch were heavily modified which included the reflections of the missile exhaust flame that did not line up with the missile itself.

However, South Korea continues to believe the photos are authentic and that the missile had been launched from the submarine itself.

South Korea has a record of providing fraudulent evidence for advancements in military technologies.

France Passes New Surveillance Law Post-Charlie Hebdo Attacks

A sweeping vote for fresh French Surveillance Powers in the wake of Charlie Hebdo Terrorist attacks in Paris in January had hit the French Parliament. The new bill allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without having to get permission from a judge.

The new bill was not met with resistance from human rights groups. They said it would legalise intrusive and illicit surveillance methods that may or may not be used in a lawful manner.

Civil liberties groups continue their campaign using George Orwell’s 1984 as their reference. Under the banner “24 hours before 1984”, it gives reference to the all-knowing dystopian dictatorship.

Amnesty International had warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” without judicial controls.

According to green and hard-left MPs, the Socialist and rightwing parties said the new law was essential to stopping the possibility of another terrorist attack in French soil.

The legal powers included in the new bill allows the spying on digital and mobile phone communications of anyone linked to a “terrorist” inquiry. Intelligence services can install cameras, recording devices and keylogging devices that record every key stroke on targeted computers in real time.

Authorities could keep information for five years.