Cable Type: Location: Date
FLAG telecom Dubai, 1st FEB
Suez canal-Sri Lanka, 1st FEB
Qatar-UAE 3rd FEB
Persian Gulf –
It didn’t take long for people to notice that the cuts all happened around Islamic countries, so finger pointing to
Mahesh Jaishanker, an executive director for Du, said, “The submarine cable cuts in FLAG Europe-Asia cable 8.3 km away from Alexandria, Egypt and SEA-ME-WE 4 affected at least 60 million users in India, 12 million in Pakistan, 6 million in Egypt and 4.7 million in Saudi Arabia.”
Before I focus on the likelihood of an American sabotage I’ll give a run down of official statements attributed to each of the cuts. Omantel telecoms, the largest
Looking at it from America’s point of view, the only country whose communications systems are worth attacking is Iran, admittedly the main American allies in the region, Iraq and Israel are unaffected, slightly fishy, if you’ll excuse the pun, but Iran lost less than 20% of networks, not even in the top 10 nations affected. Web conspiracies centred on the fact that one Iranian router was down which led to theories that the entire nation was down, in reality only
So now the conspiracy theories suddenly seem a hell of a lot more plausible. The launch of the Iranian Oil Bourse, a marketplace for oil, gas and various petro-chemicals trading exclusively in non-dollars is a severe threat to the
William Clark, an American security expert, predicted that if
“How the hell are the
The U.S/Israeli alliance already have the USS San Jacinto, equipped with a missile system that could be deployed in the event of conflict between Iran and Israel, docked at Haifa Port. There is no doubt then that they have the technology and the motive to stage such sabotage, but why would the American military go to such lengths to damage a communications system that they developed and is widely used as a tool for distribution of American intellectual property?
The Pentagon’s Information Operation Roadmap states that the Internet’s potential for free speech is in direct opposition to their goals. It clearly states that the Internet needs to be dealt with as though it were an enemy “weapons system.” This seems insane, but it is exactly what is detailed in the Pentagon document, obtained through a freedom of information request. Much of the document is blacked out, god only knows what else they have in store, but quotes like the one below give us an idea of what lengths the department of defense will go to.
“We Must Fight the Net. DoD is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to fight the net.”