Spook-y

Fascinating! The quote from the new law/ decree, seems like
copy-pasted out of a new bill causing an uproar in South Africa!

As for proof of identity to buy a SIM, I would actually applaud that
throughout the world, given the amount of damage done by cowards from
behind the anonymity of a cell number. When I was in Geneva for the
various events of the World Summit, at some point they introduced a
ruling that people staying less then xx days in the country would not
be allowed to buy a local SIM.

As for who is keeping an eye on civil liberties in Timor, you could
contact the Asia office of Article 19 (the organisation by that name)

Regards,

Rui

On 04/08/2008, John M Miller wrote:
> >
> >
> > Return to Rai Ketak
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Spook-y
> >
> >
> >
> > August 3, 2008I once had a nightmare about being pulled aside for
> > questioning by some shadowy officials regarding my research in Timor.
> > Paranoid?
> >
> > My last trip in Timor, I was asked for a copy of my passport to buy a SIM
> > card. And I was required to give a full address. I thought that was bit
> > excessive.
> >
> > I recently read in a Timorese publication that all Timor Telcom SIM cards
> > must be registered. Unregistered cards will be illegal.
> >
> > And now the law for the Intelligence Service, approved by the Council of
> > Ministers, only now reaching us over the ETAN list serve. (Was it passed by
> > parliament or considered a Decree Law?)
> >
> > It would be interesting an analysis of this law. I am hardly qualified to
> > comment. Who are the intelligence agents mentioned in the law? (It sounds as
> > though they are already working for PNTL and FDTL.)
> >
> > It does feel to me that Article 19 could be potentially used against
> > whistleblowers, like those who have been loading Wikileaks with fascinating
> > documents over the past weeks.
> >
> > State secrecy shall apply to data and intelligence the dissemination of
> > which is susceptible of causing damage to the unity and integrity of the
> > State, to the defence of the democratic institutions provided for in the
> > Constitution, to the free exercise of their respective functions by the
> > organs of sovereignty, to the internal security, to national independence,
> > and to preparations for military defence.
> >
> > Perhaps the debate on the Defamation Law is more immediate… But it all
> > seems related.
> >
> > Who is keeping an eye on civil liberties in Timor?
> >
> > The images of the students being arrested at UNTL with taped mouths was
> > powerful. But there is much more at stake than the right to protest within
> > 100m of the Parliament!
> >
> > Posted by giantpanda
> >
> > http://raiketak.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/spook-y/
> >

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