• Ces #murs de #sable qui surgissent au #Sahara

    Construire des murs ou des clôtures pour protéger un territoire ou garder des frontières est une pratique courante à travers le monde. Elle s’étend désormais au continent africain pour entraver les flux migratoires. En toute discrétion, du #Maroc au #Niger en passant par l’#Algérie, les autorités érigent des #parois_de_sable, lourdement gardées par des policiers et des militaires, et surveillées par des caméras.


    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/10/journal#!/p_14
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/10/CARAYOL/63629
    #barrières #barrières_frontalières #murs_de_sable #surveillance_des_frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #militarisation_des_frontières #anti-migrants #anti-terrorisme

    via @rhoumour
    ping @_kg_ @karine4

  • Amnistie pour tous les réfugiés politiques italiens
    https://lundi.am/Amnistie-pour-tous-les-refugies-politiques-italiens

    L’arrestation les 28 et 29 avril derniers de neuf réfugiés politiques italiens, couverts pourtant par la « doctrine Mitterrand » marque une inflexion supplémentaire vers une coopération juridique et policière entre États, au moins au niveau européen. Le gouvernement français sous pression des attentats islamistes qui le visent particulièrement veut sans doute aussi donner des gages à l’organisation d’une sécurité européanisée. Son absence de toute connaissance et référence politique au contexte italien des années 1970 et 1980 ainsi qu’à la législation encore quasiment fasciste de ce pays (cf. le Code pénal Rocco de 1930 sous Mussolini toujours en vigueur à l’époque) ne lui pose apparemment aucun problème de principe, comme le dit crûment Dupont-Moretti (il est « sans état d’âme »).

    Des médias comme Libération, dont le soutien aux réfugiés italiens avait été d’autant plus sans faille jusque-là qu’ils en employaient certains comme journalistes pour couvrir les événements concernant l’Italie, se mettent aujourd’hui à décrire la chose de façon « objective ». Ils mettent en avant, par exemple, que les aveux récents de Cesare Battisti quant aux quatre meurtres qui lui sont attribués montreraient bien que ses soutiens dans le milieu intellectuel et artistique français se sont laissés abuser. Aucun mot dans Libération du 29 avril sur les conditions dans lesquelles ces aveux ont été soutirés et l’état psychologique de Battisti. Le Monde , le 30 avril avec un peu plus de hauteur, signale quand même ces conditions imposées à Battisti qui sont identiques à celles des plus grands criminels de la mafia. Ceci pouvant expliquer cela.

    Depuis longtemps déjà, les exilés politiques italiens (et leurs soutiens en Italie) ont défendu la position de l’amnistie quelles que soient les charges et même les opinions politiques des « combattants » de l’époque, une façon de dépasser les pièges de la division, fluctuante dans le temps, entre « irréductibles », « dissociés » et « repentis », une façon de lutter contre tous les « bricoleurs de la mémoire ». Une position unique commune sur l’amnistie, à tenir face à un État et des rapports sociaux qui continuent à mettre en avant les notions chrétiennes de culpabilité et donc de repentir qui deviennent l’alpha et l’oméga d’une politique judiciaire où il s’agit d’abord de se venger de la peur qui a imprégné tous les pouvoirs en place à l’époque ; ensuite de faire expier leurs fautes aux combattants (sauf s’ils étaient de l’extrême droite pourtant plus meurtrière et plus aveugle avec de véritables attentats et non pas une lutte armée, les deux bords étant ici constamment confondus sous le vocable commun de « terrorisme ») ; enfin de répondre aux associations de victimes dans un contexte général où la victimisation de sa propre situation devient une sorte de pratique militante de compensation en l’absence de pratiques objectives de critiques du capital. On assiste, plus généralement, à une véritable régression du droit et à la remise en cause de toute idée de prescription alors que dans les théories modernes du droit, depuis le XVIIIe siècle et l’effort de Beccaria de mettre en adéquation les délits et les peines se fait jour l’idée que seuls les crimes qui portent atteinte à toute l’humanité seraient imprescriptibles.

    #lutte-armée #anti-terrorisme #justice #amnistie #prescription

  • Friends of the Traffickers Italy’s Anti-Mafia Directorate and the “Dirty Campaign” to Criminalize Migration

    Afana Dieudonne often says that he is not a superhero. That’s Dieudonne’s way of saying he’s done things he’s not proud of — just like anyone in his situation would, he says, in order to survive. From his home in Cameroon to Tunisia by air, then by car and foot into the desert, across the border into Libya, and onto a rubber boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Dieudonne has done a lot of surviving.

    In Libya, Dieudonne remembers when the smugglers managing the safe house would ask him for favors. Dieudonne spoke a little English and didn’t want trouble. He said the smugglers were often high and always armed. Sometimes, when asked, Dieudonne would distribute food and water among the other migrants. Other times, he would inform on those who didn’t follow orders. He remembers the traffickers forcing him to inflict violence on his peers. It was either them or him, he reasoned.

    On September 30, 2014, the smugglers pushed Dieudonne and 91 others out to sea aboard a rubber boat. Buzzing through the pitch-black night, the group watched lights on the Libyan coast fade into darkness. After a day at sea, the overcrowded dinghy began taking on water. Its passengers were rescued by an NGO vessel and transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, where officers picked Dieudonne out of a crowd and led him into a room for questioning.

    At first, Dieudonne remembers the questioning to be quick, almost routine. His name, his age, his nationality. And then the questions turned: The officers said they wanted to know how the trafficking worked in Libya so they could arrest the people involved. They wanted to know who had driven the rubber boat and who had held the navigation compass.

    “So I explained everything to them, and I also showed who the ‘captain’ was — captain in quotes, because there is no captain,” said Dieudonne. The real traffickers stay in Libya, he added. “Even those who find themselves to be captains, they don’t do it by choice.”

    For the smugglers, Dieudonne explained, “we are the customers, and we are the goods.”

    For years, efforts by the Italian government and the European Union to address migration in the central Mediterranean have focused on the people in Libya — interchangeably called facilitators, smugglers, traffickers, or militia members, depending on which agency you’re speaking to — whose livelihoods come from helping others cross irregularly into Europe. People pay them a fare to organize a journey so dangerous it has taken tens of thousands of lives.

    The European effort to dismantle these smuggling networks has been driven by an unlikely actor: the Italian anti-mafia and anti-terrorism directorate, a niche police office in Rome that gained respect in the 1990s and early 2000s for dismantling large parts of the Mafia in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. According to previously unpublished internal documents, the office — called the Direzione nazionale antimafia e antiterrorismo, or DNAA, in Italian — took a front-and-center role in the management of Europe’s southern sea borders, in direct coordination with the EU border agency Frontex and European military missions operating off the Libyan coast.

    In 2013, under the leadership of a longtime anti-mafia prosecutor named Franco Roberti, the directorate pioneered a strategy that was unique — or at least new for the border officers involved. They would start handling irregular migration to Europe like they had handled the mob. The approach would allow Italian and European police, coast guard agencies, and navies, obliged by international law to rescue stranded refugees at sea, to at least get some arrests and convictions along the way.

    The idea was to arrest low-level operators and use coercion and plea deals to get them to flip on their superiors. That way, the reasoning went, police investigators could work their way up the food chain and eventually dismantle the smuggling rings in Libya. With every boat that disembarked in Italy, police would make a handful of arrests. Anybody found to have played an active role during the crossing, from piloting to holding a compass to distributing water or bailing out a leak, could be arrested under a new legal directive written by Roberti’s anti-mafia directorate. Charges ranged from simple smuggling to transnational criminal conspiracy and — if people asphyxiated below deck or drowned when a boat capsized — even murder. Judicial sources estimate the number of people arrested since 2013 to be in the thousands.

    For the police, prosecutors, and politicians involved, the arrests were an important domestic political win. At the time, public opinion in Italy was turning against migration, and the mugshots of alleged smugglers regularly held space on front pages throughout the country.

    But according to the minutes of closed-door conversations among some of the very same actors directing these cases, which were obtained by The Intercept under Italy’s freedom of information law, most anti-mafia prosecutions only focused on low-level boat drivers, often migrants who had themselves paid for the trip across. Few, if any, smuggling bosses were ever convicted. Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions built on hasty investigations and coercive interrogations.

    In the years that followed, the anti-mafia directorate went to great lengths to keep the arrests coming. According to the internal documents, the office coordinated a series of criminal investigations into the civilian rescue NGOs working to save lives in the Mediterranean, accusing them of hampering police work. It also oversaw efforts to create and train a new coast guard in Libya, with full knowledge that some coast guard officers were colluding with the same smuggling networks that Italian and European leaders were supposed to be fighting.

    Since its inception, the anti-mafia directorate has wielded unparalleled investigative tools and served as a bridge between politicians and the courts. The documents reveal in meticulous detail how the agency, alongside Italian and European officials, capitalized on those powers to crack down on alleged smugglers, most of whom they knew to be desperate people fleeing poverty and violence with limited resources to defend themselves in court.

    Tragedy and Opportunity

    The anti-mafia directorate was born in the early 1990s after a decade of escalating Mafia violence. By then, hundreds of prosecutors, politicians, journalists, and police officers had been shot, blown up, or kidnapped, and many more extorted by organized crime families operating in Italy and beyond.

    In Palermo, the Sicilian capital, prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was a rising star in the Italian judiciary. Falcone had won unprecedented success with an approach to organized crime based on tracking financial flows, seizing assets, and centralizing evidence gathered by prosecutor’s offices across the island.

    But as the Mafia expanded its reach into the rest of Europe, Falcone’s work proved insufficient.

    In September 1990, a Mafia commando drove from Germany to Sicily to gun down a 37-year-old judge. Weeks later, at a police checkpoint in Naples, the Sicilian driver of a truck loaded with weapons, explosives, and drugs was found to be a resident of Germany. A month after the arrests, Falcone traveled to Germany to establish an information-sharing mechanism with authorities there. He brought along a younger colleague from Naples, Franco Roberti.

    “We faced a stone wall,” recalled Roberti, still bitter three decades later. He spoke to us outside a cafe in a plum neighborhood in Naples. Seventy-three years old and speaking with the rasp of a lifelong smoker, Roberti described Italy’s Mafia problem in blunt language. He bemoaned a lack of international cooperation that, he said, continues to this day. “They claimed that there was no need to investigate there,” Roberti said, “that it was up to us to investigate Italians in Germany who were occasional mafiosi.”

    As the prosecutors traveled back to Italy empty-handed, Roberti remembers Falcone telling him that they needed “a centralized national organ able to speak directly to foreign judicial authorities and coordinate investigations in Italy.”

    “That is how the idea of the anti-mafia directorate was born,” Roberti said. The two began building what would become Italy’s first national anti-mafia force.

    At the time, there was tough resistance to the project. Critics argued that Falcone and Roberti were creating “super-prosecutors” who would wield outsize powers over the courts, while also being subject to political pressures from the government in Rome. It was, they argued, a marriage of police and the judiciary, political interests and supposedly apolitical courts — convenient for getting Mafia convictions but dangerous for Italian democracy.

    Still, in January 1992, the project was approved in Parliament. But Falcone would never get to lead it: Months later, a bomb set by the Mafia killed him, his wife, and the three agents escorting them. The attack put to rest any remaining criticism of Falcone’s plan.

    The anti-mafia directorate went on to become one of Italy’s most important institutions, the national authority over all matters concerning organized crime and the agency responsible for partially freeing the country from its century-old crucible. In the decades after Falcone’s death, the directorate did what many in Italy thought impossible, dismantling large parts of the five main Italian crime families and almost halving the Mafia-related murder rate.

    And yet, by the time Roberti took control in 2013, it had been years since the last high-profile Mafia prosecution, and the organization’s influence was waning. At the same time, Italy was facing unprecedented numbers of migrants arriving by boat. Roberti had an idea: The anti-mafia directorate would start working on what he saw as a different kind of mafia. The organization set its sights on Libya.

    “We thought we had to do something more coordinated to combat this trafficking,” Roberti remembered, “so I put everyone around a table.”

    “The main objective was to save lives, seize ships, and capture smugglers,” Roberti said. “Which we did.”

    Our Sea

    Dieudonne made it to the Libyan port city of Zuwara in August 2014. One more step across the Mediterranean, and he’d be in Europe. The smugglers he paid to get him across the sea took all of his possessions and put him in an abandoned building that served as a safe house to wait for his turn.

    Dieudonne told his story from a small office in Bari, Italy, where he runs a cooperative that helps recent arrivals access local education. Dieudonne is fiery and charismatic. He is constantly moving: speaking, texting, calling, gesticulating. Every time he makes a point, he raps his knuckles on the table in a one-two pattern. Dieudonne insisted that we publish his real name. Others who made the journey more recently — still pending decisions on their residence permits or refugee status — were less willing to speak openly.

    Dieudonne remembers the safe house in Zuwara as a string of constant violence. The smugglers would come once a day to leave food. Every day, they would ask who hadn’t followed their orders. Those inside the abandoned building knew they were less likely to be discovered by police or rival smugglers, but at the same time, they were not free to leave.

    “They’ve put a guy in the refrigerator in front of all of us, to show how the next one who misbehaves will be treated,” Dieudonne remembered, indignant. He witnessed torture, shootings, rape. “The first time you see it, it hurts you. The second time it hurts you less. The third time,” he said with a shrug, “it becomes normal. Because that’s the only way to survive.”

    “That’s why arresting the person who pilots a boat and treating them like a trafficker makes me laugh,” Dieudonne said. Others who have made the journey to Italy report having been forced to drive at gunpoint. “You only do it to be sure you don’t die there,” he said.

    Two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government, much of Libya’s northwest coast had become a staging ground for smugglers who organized sea crossings to Europe in large wooden fishing boats. When those ships — overcrowded, underpowered, and piloted by amateurs — inevitably capsized, the deaths were counted by the hundreds.

    In October 2013, two shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa took over 400 lives, sparking public outcry across Europe. In response, the Italian state mobilized two plans, one public and the other private.

    “There was a big shock when the Lampedusa tragedy happened,” remembered Italian Sen. Emma Bonino, then the country’s foreign minister. The prime minister “called an emergency meeting, and we decided to immediately launch this rescue program,” Bonino said. “Someone wanted to call the program ‘safe seas.’ I said no, not safe, because it’s sure we’ll have other tragedies. So let’s call it Mare Nostrum.”

    Mare Nostrum — “our sea” in Latin — was a rescue mission in international waters off the coast of Libya that ran for one year and rescued more than 150,000 people. The operation also brought Italian ships, airplanes, and submarines closer than ever to Libyan shores. Roberti, just two months into his job as head of the anti-mafia directorate, saw an opportunity to extend the country’s judicial reach and inflict a lethal blow to smuggling rings in Libya.

    Five days after the start of Mare Nostrum, Roberti launched the private plan: a series of coordination meetings among the highest echelons of the Italian police, navy, coast guard, and judiciary. Under Roberti, these meetings would run for four years and eventually involve representatives from Frontex, Europol, an EU military operation, and even Libya.

    The minutes of five of these meetings, which were presented by Roberti in a committee of the Italian Parliament and obtained by The Intercept, give an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the events on Europe’s southern borders since the Lampedusa shipwrecks.

    In the first meeting, held in October 2013, Roberti told participants that the anti-mafia offices in the Sicilian city of Catania had developed an innovative way to deal with migrant smuggling. By treating Libyan smugglers like they had treated the Italian Mafia, prosecutors could claim jurisdiction over international waters far beyond Italy’s borders. That, Roberti said, meant they could lawfully board and seize vessels on the high seas, conduct investigations there, and use the evidence in court.

    The Italian authorities have long recognized that, per international maritime law, they are obligated to rescue people fleeing Libya on overcrowded boats and transport them to a place of safety. As the number of people attempting the crossing increased, many Italian prosecutors and coast guard officials came to believe that smugglers were relying on these rescues to make their business model work; therefore, the anti-mafia reasoning went, anyone who acted as crew or made a distress call on a boat carrying migrants could be considered complicit in Libyan trafficking and subject to Italian jurisdiction. This new approach drew heavily from legal doctrines developed in the United States during the 1980s aimed at stopping drug smuggling.

    European leaders were scrambling to find a solution to what they saw as a looming migration crisis. Italian officials thought they had the answer and publicly justified their decisions as a way to prevent future drownings.

    But according to the minutes of the 2013 anti-mafia meeting, the new strategy predated the Lampedusa shipwrecks by at least a week. Sicilian prosecutors had already written the plan to crack down on migration across the Mediterranean but lacked both the tools and public will to put it into action. Following the Lampedusa tragedy and the creation of Mare Nostrum, they suddenly had both.

    State of Necessity

    In the international waters off the coast of Libya, Dieudonne and 91 others were rescued by a European NGO called Migrant Offshore Aid Station. They spent two days aboard MOAS’s ship before being transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, Nave Dattilo, to be taken to Europe.

    Aboard the Dattilo, coast guard officers asked Dieudonne why he had left his home in Cameroon. He remembers them showing him a photograph of the rubber boat taken from the air. “They asked me who was driving, the roles and everything,” he remembered. “Then they asked me if I could tell him how the trafficking in Libya works, and then, they said, they would give me residence documents.”

    Dieudonne said that he was reluctant to cooperate at first. He didn’t want to accuse any of his peers, but he was also concerned that he could become a suspect. After all, he had helped the driver at points throughout the voyage.

    “I thought that if I didn’t cooperate, they might hurt me,” Dieudonne said. “Not physically hurt, but they could consider me dishonest, like someone who was part of the trafficking.”

    To this day, Dieudonne says he can’t understand why Italy would punish people for fleeing poverty and political violence in West Africa. He rattled off a list of events from the last year alone: draught, famine, corruption, armed gunmen, attacks on schools. “And you try to convict someone for managing to escape that situation?”

    The coast guard ship disembarked in Vibo Valentia, a city in the Italian region of Calabria. During disembarkation, a local police officer explained to a journalist that they had arrested five people. The journalist asked how the police had identified the accused.

    “A lot has been done by the coast guard, who picked [the migrants] up two days ago and managed to spot [the alleged smugglers],” the officer explained. “Then we have witness statements and videos.”

    Cases like these, where arrests are made on the basis of photo or video evidence and statements by witnesses like Dieudonne, are common, said Gigi Modica, a judge in Sicily who has heard many immigration and asylum cases. “It’s usually the same story. They take three or four people, no more. They ask them two questions: who was driving the boat, and who was holding the compass,” Modica explained. “That’s it — they get the names and don’t care about the rest.”

    Modica was one of the first judges in Italy to acquit people charged for driving rubber boats — known as “scafisti,” or boat drivers, in Italian — on the grounds that they had been forced to do so. These “state of necessity” rulings have since become increasingly common. Modica rattled off a list of irregularities he’s seen in such cases: systemic racism, witness statements that migrants later say they didn’t make, interrogations with no translator or lawyer, and in some cases, people who report being encouraged by police to sign documents renouncing their right to apply for asylum.

    “So often these alleged smugglers — scafisti — are normal people who were compelled to pilot a boat by smugglers in Libya,” Modica said.

    Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions largely built on testimony from migrants who are promised a residence permit in exchange for their collaboration. At sea, witnesses are interviewed by the police hours after their rescue, often still in a state of shock after surviving a shipwreck.

    In many cases, identical statements, typos included, are attributed to several witnesses and copied and pasted across different police reports. Sometimes, these reports have been enough to secure decadeslong sentences. Other times, under cross-examination in court, witnesses have contradicted the statements recorded by police or denied giving any testimony at all.

    As early as 2015, attendees of the anti-mafia meetings were discussing problems with these prosecutions. In a meeting that February, Giovanni Salvi, then the prosecutor of Catania, acknowledged that smugglers often abandoned migrant boats in international waters. Still, Italian police were steaming ahead with the prosecutions of those left on board.

    These prosecutions were so important that in some cases, the Italian coast guard decided to delay rescue when boats were in distress in order to “allow for the arrival of institutional ships that can conduct arrests,” a coast guard commander explained at the meeting.

    When asked about the commander’s comments, the Italian coast guard said that “on no occasion” has the agency ever delayed a rescue operation. Delaying rescue for any reason goes against international and Italian law, and according to various human rights lawyers in Europe, could give rise to criminal liability.

    NGOs in the Crosshairs

    Italy canceled Mare Nostrum after one year, citing budget constraints and a lack of European collaboration. In its wake, the EU set up two new operations, one via Frontex and the other a military effort called Operation Sophia. These operations focused not on humanitarian rescue but on border security and people smuggling from Libya. Beginning in 2015, representatives from Frontex and Operation Sophia were included in the anti-mafia directorate meetings, where Italian prosecutors ensured that both abided by the new investigative strategy.

    Key to these investigations were photos from the rescues, like the aerial image that Dieudonne remembers the Italian coast guard showing him, which gave police another way to identify who piloted the boats and helped navigate.

    In the absence of government rescue ships, a fleet of civilian NGO vessels began taking on a large number of rescues in the international waters off the coast of Libya. These ships, while coordinated by the Italian coast guard rescue center in Rome, made evidence-gathering difficult for prosecutors and judicial police. According to the anti-mafia meeting minutes, some NGOs, including MOAS, routinely gave photos to Italian police and Frontex. Others refused, arguing that providing evidence for investigations into the people they saved would undermine their efficacy and neutrality.

    In the years following Mare Nostrum, the NGO fleet would come to account for more than one-third of all rescues in the central Mediterranean, according to estimates by Operation Sophia. A leaked status report from the operation noted that because NGOs did not collect information from rescued migrants for police, “information essential to enhance the understanding of the smuggling business model is not acquired.”

    In a subsequent anti-mafia meeting, six prosecutors echoed this concern. NGO rescues meant that police couldn’t interview migrants at sea, they said, and cases were getting thrown out for lack of evidence. A coast guard admiral explained the importance of conducting interviews just after a rescue, when “a moment of empathy has been established.”

    “It is not possible to carry out this task if the rescue intervention is carried out by ships of the NGOs,” the admiral told the group.

    The NGOs were causing problems for the DNAA strategy. At the meetings, Italian prosecutors and representatives from the coast guard, navy, and Interior Ministry discussed what they could do to rein in the humanitarian organizations. At the same time, various prosecutors were separately fixing their investigative sights on the NGOs themselves.

    In late 2016, an internal report from Frontex — later published in full by The Intercept — accused an NGO vessel of directly receiving migrants from Libyan smugglers, attributing the information to “Italian authorities.” The claim was contradicted by video evidence and the ship’s crew.

    Months later, Carmelo Zuccaro, the prosecutor of Catania, made public that he was investigating rescue NGOs. “Together with Frontex and the navy, we are trying to monitor all these NGOs that have shown that they have great financial resources,” Zuccaro told an Italian newspaper. The claim went viral in Italian and European media. “Friends of the traffickers” and “migrant taxi service” became common slurs used toward humanitarian NGOs by anti-immigration politicians and the Italian far right.

    Zuccaro would eventually walk back his claims, telling a parliamentary committee that he was working off a hypothesis at the time and had no evidence to back it up.

    In an interview with a German newspaper in February 2017, the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, refrained from explicitly criticizing the work of rescue NGOs but did say they were hampering police investigations in the Mediterranean. As aid organizations assumed a larger percentage of rescues, Leggeri said, “it is becoming more difficult for the European security authorities to find out more about the smuggling networks through interviews with migrants.”

    “That smear campaign was very, very deep,” remembered Bonino, the former foreign minister. Referring to Marco Minniti, Italy’s interior minister at the time, she added, “I was trying to push Minniti not to be so obsessed with people coming, but to make a policy of integration in Italy. But he only focused on Libya and smuggling and criminalizing NGOs with the help of prosecutors.”

    Bonino explained that the action against NGOs was part of a larger plan to change European policy in the central Mediterranean. The first step was the shift away from humanitarian rescue and toward border security and smuggling. The second step “was blaming the NGOs or arresting them, a sort of dirty campaign against them,” she said. “The results of which after so many years have been no convictions, no penalties, no trials.”

    Finally, the third step was to build a new coast guard in Libya to do what the Europeans couldn’t, per international law: intercept people at sea and bring them back to Libya, the country from which they had just fled.

    At first, leaders at Frontex were cautious. “From Frontex’s point of view, we look at Libya with concern; there is no stable state there,” Leggeri said in the 2017 interview. “We are now helping to train 60 officers for a possible future Libyan coast guard. But this is at best a beginning.”

    Bonino saw this effort differently. “They started providing support for their so-called coast guard,” she said, “which were the same traffickers changing coats.”
    Rescued migrants disembarking from a Libyan coast guard ship in the town of Khoms, a town 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital on October 1, 2019.

    Same Uniforms, Same Ships

    Safe on land in Italy, Dieudonne was never called to testify in court. He hopes that none of his peers ended up in prison but said he would gladly testify against the traffickers if called. Aboard the coast guard ship, he remembers, “I gave the police contact information for the traffickers, I gave them names.”

    The smuggling operations in Libya happened out in the open, but Italian police could only go as far as international waters. Leaked documents from Operation Sophia describe years of efforts by European officials to get Libyan police to arrest smugglers. Behind closed doors, top Italian and EU officials admitted that these same smugglers were intertwined with the new Libyan coast guard that Europe was creating and that working with them would likely go against international law.

    As early as 2015, multiple officials at the anti-mafia meetings noted that some smugglers were uncomfortably close to members of the Libyan government. “Militias use the same uniforms and the same ships as the Libyan coast guard that the Italian navy itself is training,” Rear Adm. Enrico Credendino, then in charge of Operation Sophia, said in 2017. The head of the Libyan coast guard and the Libyan minister of defense, both allies of the Italian government, Credendino added, “have close relationships with some militia bosses.”

    One of the Libyan coast guard officers playing both sides was Abd al-Rahman Milad, also known as Bija. In 2019, the Italian newspaper Avvenire revealed that Bija participated in a May 2017 meeting in Sicily, alongside Italian border police and intelligence officials, that was aimed at stemming migration from Libya. A month later, he was condemned by the U.N. Security Council for his role as a top member of a powerful trafficking militia in the coastal town of Zawiya, and for, as the U.N. put it, “sinking migrant boats using firearms.”

    According to leaked documents from Operation Sophia, coast guard officers under Bija’s command were trained by the EU between 2016 and 2018.

    While the Italian government was prosecuting supposed smugglers in Italy, they were also working with people they knew to be smugglers in Libya. Minniti, Italy’s then-interior minister, justified the deals his government was making in Libya by saying that the prospect of mass migration from Africa made him “fear for the well-being of Italian democracy.”

    In one of the 2017 anti-mafia meetings, a representative of the Interior Ministry, Vittorio Pisani, outlined in clear terms a plan that provided for the direct coordination of the new Libyan coast guard. They would create “an operation room in Libya for the exchange of information with the Interior Ministry,” Pisani explained, “mainly on the position of NGO ships and their rescue operations, in order to employ the Libyan coast guard in its national waters.”

    And with that, the third step of the plan was set in motion. At the end of the meeting, Roberti suggested that the group invite representatives from the Libyan police to their next meeting. In an interview with The Intercept, Roberti confirmed that Libyan representatives attended at least two anti-mafia meetings and that he himself met Bija at a meeting in Libya, one month after the U.N. Security Council report was published. The following year, the Security Council committee on Libya sanctioned Bija, freezing his assets and banning him from international travel.

    “We needed to have the participation of Libyan institutions. But they did nothing, because they were taking money from the traffickers,” Roberti told us from the cafe in Naples. “They themselves were the traffickers.”
    A Place of Safety

    Roberti retired from the anti-mafia directorate in 2017. He said that under his leadership, the organization was able to create a basis for handling migration throughout Europe. Still, Roberti admits that his expansion of the DNAA into migration issues has had mixed results. Like his trip to Germany in the ’90s with Giovanni Falcone, Roberti said the anti-mafia strategy faltered because of a lack of collaboration: with the NGOs, with other European governments, and with Libya.

    “On a European level, the cooperation does not work,” Roberti said. Regarding Libya, he added, “We tried — I believe it was right, the agreements [the government] made. But it turned out to be a failure in the end.”

    The DNAA has since expanded its operations. Between 2017 and 2019, the Italian government passed two bills that put the anti-mafia directorate in charge of virtually all illegal immigration matters. Since 2017, five Sicilian prosecutors, all of whom attended at least one anti-mafia coordination meeting, have initiated 15 separate legal proceedings against humanitarian NGO workers. So far there have been no convictions: Three cases have been thrown out in court, and the rest are ongoing.

    Earlier this month, news broke that Sicilian prosecutors had wiretapped journalists and human rights lawyers as part of one of these investigations, listening in on legally protected conversations with sources and clients. The Italian justice ministry has opened an investigation into the incident, which could amount to criminal behavior, according to Italian legal experts. The prosecutor who approved the wiretaps attended at least one DNAA coordination meeting, where investigations against NGOs were discussed at length.

    As the DNAA has extended its reach, key actors from the anti-mafia coordination meetings have risen through the ranks of Italian and European institutions. One prosecutor, Federico Cafiero de Raho, now runs the anti-mafia directorate. Salvi, the former prosecutor of Catania, is the equivalent of Italy’s attorney general. Pisani, the former Interior Ministry representative, is deputy head of the Italian intelligence services. And Roberti is a member of the European Parliament.

    Cafiero de Raho stands by the investigations and arrests that the anti-mafia directorate has made over the years. He said the coordination meetings were an essential tool for prosecutors and police during difficult times.

    When asked about his specific comments during the meetings — particularly statements that humanitarian NGOs needed to be regulated and multiple admissions that members of the new Libyan coast guard were involved in smuggling activities — Cafiero de Raho said that his remarks should be placed in context, a time when Italy and the EU were working to build a coast guard in a part of Libya that was largely ruled by local militias. He said his ultimate goal was what, in the DNAA coordination meetings, he called the “extrajudicial solution”: attempts to prove the existence of crimes against humanity in Libya so that “the United Nation sends troops to Libya to dismantle migrants camps set up by traffickers … and retake control of that territory.”

    A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy arm, which ran Operation Sophia, refused to directly address evidence that leaders of the European military operation knew that parts of the new Libyan coast guard were also involved in smuggling activities, only noting that Bija himself wasn’t trained by the EU. A Frontex spokesperson stated that the agency “was not involved in the selection of officers to be trained.”

    In 2019, the European migration strategy changed again. Now, the vast majority of departures are intercepted by the Libyan coast guard and brought back to Libya. In March of that year, Operation Sophia removed all of its ships from the rescue area and has since focused on using aerial patrols to direct and coordinate the Libyan coast guard. Human rights lawyers in Europe have filed six legal actions against Italy and the EU as a result, calling the practice refoulement by proxy: facilitating the return of migrants to dangerous circumstances in violation of international law.

    Indeed, throughout four years of coordination meetings, Italy and the EU were admitting privately that returning people to Libya would be illegal. “Fundamental human rights violations in Libya make it impossible to push migrants back to the Libyan coast,” Pisani explained in 2015. Two years later, he outlined the beginnings of a plan that would do exactly that.

    The Result of Mere Chance

    Dieudonne knows he was lucky. The line that separates suspect and victim can be entirely up to police officers’ first impressions in the minutes or hours following a rescue. According to police reports used in prosecutions, physical attributes like having “a clearer skin tone” or behavior aboard the ship, including scrutinizing police movements “with strange interest,” were enough to rouse suspicion.

    In a 2019 ruling that acquitted seven alleged smugglers after three years of pretrial detention, judges wrote that “the selection of the suspects on one side, and the witnesses on the other, with the only exception of the driver, has almost been the result of mere chance.”

    Carrying out work for their Libyan captors has cost other migrants in Italy lengthy prison sentences. In September 2019, a 22-year-old Guinean nicknamed Suarez was arrested upon his arrival to Italy. Four witnesses told police he had collaborated with prison guards in Zawiya, at the immigrant detention center managed by the infamous Bija.

    “Suarez was also a prisoner, who then took on a job,” one of the witnesses told the court. Handing out meals or taking care of security is what those who can’t afford to pay their ransom often do in order to get out, explained another. “Unfortunately, you would have to be there to understand the situation,” the first witness said. Suarez was sentenced to 20 years in prison, recently reduced to 12 years on appeal.

    Dieudonne remembered his journey at sea vividly, but with surprising cool. When the boat began taking on water, he tried to help. “One must give help where it is needed.” At his office in Bari, Dieudonne bent over and moved his arms in a low scooping motion, like he was bailing water out of a boat.

    “Should they condemn me too?” he asked. He finds it ironic that it was the Libyans who eventually arrested Bija on human trafficking charges this past October. The Italians and Europeans, he said with a laugh, were too busy working with the corrupt coast guard commander. (In April, Bija was released from prison after a Libyan court absolved him of all charges. He was promoted within the coast guard and put back on the job.)

    Dieudonne thinks often about the people he identified aboard the coast guard ship in the middle of the sea. “I told the police the truth. But if that collaboration ends with the conviction of an innocent person, it’s not good,” he said. “Because I know that person did nothing. On the contrary, he saved our lives by driving that raft.”

    https://theintercept.com/2021/04/30/italy-anti-mafia-migrant-rescue-smuggling

    #Méditerranée #Italie #Libye #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #secours #mer_Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #violence #passeurs #Méditerranée_centrale #anti-mafia #anti-terrorisme #Direzione_nazionale_antimafia_e_antiterrorismo #DNAA #Frontex #Franco_Roberti #justice #politique #Zuwara #torture #viol #Mare_Nostrum #Europol #eaux_internationales #droit_de_la_mer #droit_maritime #juridiction_italienne #arrestations #Gigi_Modica #scafista #scafisti #état_de_nécessité #Giovanni_Salvi #NGO #Operation_Sophia #MOAS #DNA #Carmelo_Zuccaro #Zuccaro #Fabrice_Leggeri #Leggeri #Marco_Minniti #Minniti #campagne #gardes-côtes_libyens #milices #Enrico_Credendino #Abd_al-Rahman_Milad #Bija ##Abdurhaman_al-Milad #Al_Bija #Zawiya #Vittorio_Pisani #Federico_Cafiero_de_Raho #solution_extrajudiciaire #pull-back #refoulement_by_proxy #refoulement #push-back #Suarez

    ping @karine4 @isskein @rhoumour

  • Lettre commune d’organisations françaises contre le règlement de censure terroriste
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/04/22/lettre-commune-dorganisations-francaises-contre-le-reglement-de-censur

    Après la lettre commune européenne, nous signons, avec 11 associations et organisations françaises, une lettre adressée aux parlementaires français de l’Union européenne pour leur demander de rejeter le règlement de censure terroriste sur lequel ils sont appelés à voter le 28 avril prochain. Nous y soulignons non seulement les dangers de ce texte pour nos libertés mais surtout la contradiction directe entre la proposition de règlement européen et la décision du Conseil constitutionnel qui a censuré en (...)

    #anti-terrorisme #censure #législation #ConseilConstitutionnel-FR #LaQuadratureduNet

  • Loi sécurité globale adoptée : résumons
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/04/16/loi-securite-globale-adoptee-resumons

    La loi sécurité globale a été définitivement adoptée hier par l’Assemblée nationale, à 75 voix contre 33, au terme d’un débat soumis aux exigences de la police et dont nous n’attendions plus grand chose (lire notamment notre analyse de l’examen en commission à l’Assemblée ou au Sénat). La prochaine étape sera l’examen de la loi par le Conseil constitutionnel. Nous lui enverrons bientôt nos observations. Avant cela, prenons un instant pour résumer les changements juridiques qui, sauf censure de la part du (...)

    #algorithme #drone #anti-terrorisme #biométrie #géolocalisation #aérien #facial #législation #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #immatriculation #LoiSécuritéGlobale #surveillance (...)

    ##LaQuadratureduNet

  • Projet de loi renseignement : un toilettage plutôt qu’une refonte du texte de 2015
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2021/04/15/projet-de-loi-renseignement-un-toilettage-plutot-qu-une-refonte-du-texte-de-

    Le nouveau projet qui devrait être débattu, fin mai-début juin, à l’Assemblée, introduit des nouvelles techniques qui pourraient faire débat. Six ans après le vote de sa première loi sur le renseignement, la France risque de conserver son bonnet d’âne des principales démocraties en matière de contrôle d’une activité qui aime tant le secret. Le Monde a eu accès à l’essentiel du nouveau projet de loi sur le renseignement qui sera débattu, fin mai-début juin, à la représentation nationale pour un vote prévu le (...)

    #CNCTR #algorithme #anti-terrorisme #données #législation #LoiRenseignement #écoutes

  • Sécurité Globale : la droite appelle à la reconnaissance faciale
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/03/02/securite-globale-la-droite-appelle-a-la-reconnaissance-faciale

    Demain 3 mars, la commission des lois du Sénat examinera la loi Sécurité Globale, déjà adoptée en novembre par l’Assemblée nationale (relire notre réaction). Alors que le texte était déjà largement contraire à la Constitution et au droit européen (relire notre analyse), les sénateurs et sénatrices de droite et du centre souhaitent s’enfoncer encore plus loin dans l’autoritarisme en officialisant un système jusqu’alors implicite dans la loi : instaurer un vaste régime de reconnaissance faciale. Dans le cadre (...)

    #drone #CCTV #anti-terrorisme #biométrie #facial #législation #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #LoiSécuritéGlobale #surveillance (...)

    ##LaQuadratureduNet

  • Surveillance of Uyghurs Detailed in Chinese Police Database
    https://theintercept.com/2021/01/29/china-uyghur-muslim-surveillance-police

    Millions of Leaked Police Files Detail Suffocating Surveillance of China’s Uyghur Minority The order came through a police automation system in Ürümqi, the largest city in China’s northwest Xinjiang region. The system had distributed a report — an “intelligence information judgment,” as local authorities called it — that the female relative of a purported extremist had been offered free travel to Yunnan, a picturesque province to the south. The woman found the offer on the smartphone messaging (...)

    #WeChat #algorithme #CCTV #WeChatPay #payement #biométrie #facial #QQ #reconnaissance #religion #vidéo-surveillance #Islam #surveillance #données #Tencent #anti-terrorisme #discrimination #IJOP #smartphone (...)

    ##géolocalisation

  • We Should Be Very Worried About Joe Biden’s “Domestic Terrorism” Bill
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/01/joe-biden-domestic-terrorism-bill-capitol-building

    Joe Biden used to brag that he practically wrote the Patriot Act, the Bush-era law that massively increased government surveillance powers. Now he’s hoping to pass a further “domestic terrorism” law once in office. The danger is real that the January 6 Capitol attack will be used as an excuse to severely curtail our civil liberties. Nearly two decades since its initial passage in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Patriot Act has continued to linger in our collective memory. Though few (...)

    #FBI #anti-terrorisme #BlackLivesMatter #PatriotAct #surveillance #ACLU

  • Sommes-nous entrés dans une société de vigilance ?
    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/la-grande-table-idees/sommes-nous-entres-dans-une-societe-de-vigilance

    Elle analyse la répression sous un angle autre que celui, habituel, des dispositifs punitifs : celui de l’association des populations à la traque des ennemis publics. Vanessa Codaccioni est spécialiste de la justice pénale et de la répression, maîtresse de conférences HDR au département de science politique de l’université Paris VIII et membre du laboratoire CRESPPA-CSU. Après des titres comme Punir les opposants. PCF et procès politiques1947-1962 (2013) ou Justice d’exception. L’État face aux crimes (...)

    #anti-terrorisme #délation #surveillance #enseignement

  • This is how Facebook’s AI looks for bad stuff
    https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/11/29/131792/this-is-how-facebooks-ai-looks-for-bad-stuff

    The context : The vast majority of Facebook’s moderation is now done automatically by the company’s machine-learning systems, reducing the amount of harrowing content its moderators have to review. In its latest community standards enforcement report, published earlier this month, the company claimed that 98% of terrorist videos and photos are removed before anyone has the chance to see them, let alone report them. So, what are we seeing here ? The company has been training its (...)

    #MetropolitanPolice #Facebook #algorithme #anti-terrorisme #modération #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #forme (...)

    ##surveillance

  • #Toulouse : lettre d’ami.es à propos de répression « antiterroriste »
    https://fr.squat.net/2021/01/09/toulouse-lettre-d-ami-es-a-propos-de-repression-antiterroriste

    Le 11 décembre dernier, le parquet anti-terroriste a annoncé l’inculpation de 7 personnes qualifié.es de « militant-e-s d’ultra-gauche ». Le temps est venu de se mobiliser contre cette mascarade. Une opération de com’ aux conséquences graves Voilà quelques semaines que « l’affaire » est parue dans les médias. Malgré son gonflement artificiel par des personnalités d’extrême-droite et quelques journalistes […]

    #anti-terrorisme #prison

  • Règlement terroriste : le Parlement européen doit s’opposer à la censure sécuritaire
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/01/08/reglement-terroriste-le-parlement-europeen-doit-sopposer-a-la-censure-

    Lundi 11 janvier, la commission LIBE (pour Commission des libertés civiles, de la justice et des affaires intérieures) du Parlement européen va voter sur le règlement dit « antiterroriste ». Ce texte (disponible ici en anglais, version non consolidée) vise à soumettre l’ensemble des acteurs de l’Internet à des obligations aussi strictes qu’absurdes. La principale obligation sera de permettre aux autorités de n’importe quel État membre de l’Union européenne (que ce soit la police ou un juge) de demander (...)

    #anti-terrorisme #censure #technologisme #SocialNetwork #surveillance #LaQuadratureduNet

  • UE, Le programme de lutte antiterroriste porte un coup terrible aux droits fondamentaux
    https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/article/programme-lutte-antiterroriste-porte-coup-terrible-droits

    « Le postulat sur lequel repose cette proposition est vicié. Elle avance à tort qu’un renforcement de la surveillance et des restrictions supplémentaires de notre liberté d’expression sont le prix à payer pour notre sécurité, alors qu’en réalité nos droits fondamentaux sont encore plus importants en temps de crise. Le programme de l’UE porte un coup terrible à tous nos droits, en s’en prenant au cryptage et en élargissant la surveillance, notamment au moyen de drones dans les espaces publics » a déclaré (...)

    #algorithme #cryptage #drone #anti-terrorisme #racisme #législation #religion #discrimination #profiling #surveillance (...)

    ##Amnesty

  • U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech
    https://gizmodo.com/u-s-schools-are-buying-phone-hacking-tech-that-the-fbi-1845862393

    In May 2016, a student enrolled in a high-school in Shelbyville, Texas, consented to having his phone searched by one of the district’s school resource officers. Looking for evidence of a romantic relationship between the student and a teacher, the officer plugged the phone into a Cellebrite UFED to recover deleted messages from the phone. According to the arrest affidavit, investigators discovered the student and teacher frequently messaged each other, “I love you.” Two days later, the (...)

    #Cellebrite #FBI #smartphone #spyware #anti-terrorisme #écoutes #enseignement #surveillance

  • Sept militants de l’ultragauche mis en examen pour « association de malfaiteurs terroriste », Samuel Laurent et parquet national antiterroriste
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2020/12/11/sept-militants-de-l-ultragauche-deferes-devant-un-juge-antiterroriste_606310

    Arrêtés en début de semaine, ces militants sont soupçonnés de projets d’actions violentes ciblant éventuellement des policiers, sans qu’un projet précis de passage à l’acte ait été identifié à ce stade.

    Sept personnes soupçonnées d’avoir voulu préparer une action violente ont été mis en examen, vendredi 11 décembre, pour « association de malfaiteurs terroriste » criminelle a indiqué une source judiciaire à l’Agence France-Presse (AFP). Le parquet national antiterroriste (PNAT) a requis le placement en détention provisoire pour six de ces personnes, qui étaient en cours de présentation vendredi soir à un juge des libertés et de la détention.
    Ces sept personnes avaient été présentées vendredi à un juge d’instruction antiterroriste, selon les informations du Monde de source judiciaire, confirmant celles de BFMTV.

    Lire aussi « Gilets jaunes » : la crainte d’une convergence avec des militants adeptes de la stratégie du black bloc [avril 2020]
    https://seenthis.net/messages/844871

    Ces militants de gauche radicale, six hommes et une femme, âgés de 30 à 36 ans, sont soupçonnés d’avoir envisagé des actions violentes, ciblant éventuellement des policiers, sans qu’un projet précis de passage à l’acte ait été identifié à ce stade.

    Information judiciaire ouverte en avril

    Mardi, neuf personnes avaient été arrêtées dans plusieurs lieux en France : à Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), en Dordogne, dans le Val-de-Marne, ou encore à Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine). Une opération de police a ciblé un squat toulousain fréquenté par les mouvances de gauche radicale [https://seenthis.net/messages/890522]. Les perquisitions ont permis de saisir des éléments pouvant être utilisés pour la fabrication d’explosifs, ainsi que des armes blanches et des armes à feu.

    Ce coup de filet a eu lieu dans le cadre d’une information judiciaire ouverte en avril par le Parquet national antiterroriste (PNAT) et menée par la direction générale de la sûreté intérieure (DGSI). Deux des personnes mises en cause ont été remises en liberté à l’issue de leur garde à vue. La détention provisoire a été requise pour six des sept personnes présentées au juge d’instruction.
    Le ministre de l’intérieur, Gérald Darmanin, s’est félicité sur Twitter de cette « action contre ces activistes violents de l’ultragauche ».

    Pas de saisine connue depuis l’affaire de Tarnac

    La dernière saisine connue de la justice antiterroriste pour des faits liés à l’ultragauche remonte à l’affaire de Tarnac en 2008, pour des soupçons de sabotage de lignes de TGV. Mais les qualifications terroristes, objet d’un âpre débat, avaient été abandonnées par la justice avant le procès.
    Lire aussi Comprendre l’affaire Tarnac, désormais sans « terrorisme »
    A la fin de 2017, la revendication par des groupes d’ultragauche de trois incendies de casernes de gendarmerie avait suscité des déclarations inquiètes de la part de l’exécutif quant à une possible résurgence de velléités terroristes de cette mouvance.

    Au début de 2020, le procureur de Grenoble avait demandé, en vain, au parquet antiterroriste de se saisir des actions revendiquées par l’ultragauche : une quinzaine d’incendies dans sa région commis en trois ans visant la gendarmerie et différentes institutions (mairie, église, services publics).

    Il y a quelques jours on lisait en presse "Macron ordonne à Darmanin de « régler le problème [Black blocs] par tous les moyens ».

    Edit ces propos de Macron suite aux manifestations du 5 décembre ont été rapportées par le Canard enchainé https://seenthis.net/messages/891037#message891103

    #association_de_malfaiteurs_terroriste #police #justice

  • Amazon, Apple stay away from new French initiative to set principles for Big Tech
    https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-tech/amazon-apple-stay-away-from-new-french-initiative-to-set-principles-for-

    PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a new French initiative to get global tech companies to publicly commit to principles including paying their fair share of taxes, government officials said on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron has sought for the past three years to cajole tech giants into collaborating with governments on a series of global challenges such as fighting hate speech online, preserving privacy or contributing to state coffers. (...)

    #Apple #Microsoft #Google #Amazon #Facebook #anti-terrorisme #écologie #pédophilie #pornographie #fiscalité #violence #GAFAM (...)

    ##fiscalité ##modération
    https://static.reuters.com/resources/r

  • Joe Biden’s Silence on Ending the Drone Wars
    https://theintercept.com/2020/11/22/biden-drones-endless-wars

    With scant comments about U.S. assassination programs, there are indications that Biden would keep the drone wars around. President-elect Joe Biden has maintained silence for years on the controversial and continued use of so-called targeted killings — lethal strikes by drones, cruise missiles, and occasionally military special operations raids. Biden has never publicly disavowed or criticized former President Barack Obama’s legacy of expanding the use of drones, nor made clear his own (...)

    #USArmy #CIA #drone #anti-terrorisme #militaire #technologisme #aérien #vidéo-surveillance (...)

    ##surveillance

  • Palantir is not our friend
    https://aboutintel.eu/palantir-eu-independence

    In recent years, controversial US big data analytics company Palantir has gained ground in European agencies and their data infrastructure. This reflects a larger naiveté within European politics towards foreign tech companies and an imbalance in EU-US relations. Not only should Palantir be kept out of our institutions and security fabric, it is high time for the EU to gain more strategic technological independence, so that it may defend and assert its status as the last bastion of privacy. (...)

    #contactTracing #CapGemini #Europol #anti-terrorisme #In-Q-Tel #Paypal #Palantir #BigData #lobbying #COVID-19 #santé (...)

    ##santé ##[fr]Règlement_Général_sur_la_Protection_des_Données__RGPD_[en]General_Data_Protection_Regulation__GDPR_[nl]General_Data_Protection_Regulation__GDPR_

  • Attentats, Covid... Les promoteurs de la société de contrôle en profitent
    https://reporterre.net/ITV-Felix-Treguer

    Membre de la Quadrature du Net, le sociologue Félix Tréguer estime que les crises sont des moments d’accélération des logiques de contrôle. La surveillance totale qui s’est développée sur Internet est en train de proliférer dans notre environnement physique. Et le virage sécuritaire du gouvernement peut aujourd’hui compter sur de multiples dispositifs numériques tels que la reconnaissance faciale. Félix Tréguer est chercheur en sociologie et activiste à la Quadrature du Net, une association de défense (...)

    #algorithme #Alicem #CCTV #drone #5G #anti-terrorisme #biométrie #technologisme #aérien #données #facial #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #surveillance # (...)

    ##_ ##LaQuadratureduNet

  • 6 out of 10 people worldwide live in a country that has built border walls

    Days after the drawn-out U.S. elections, a new report reveals that the wall sold by Trump as a supposed achievement of his administration is just one of more than 63 new border walls built along borders or in occupied territories worldwide.

    Today, 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we find ourselves in a world with more walls than ever. 4.679 billion people in the world (60.98%) live in a country that has built one of these walls on its borders, concludes the report “Walled world: towards Global Apartheid” co published by the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, Transnational Institute, Stop Wapenhandel and Stop the Wal Campaign.

    Beyond the surge in physical walls, many more countries have militarized their frontiers through the deployment of troops, ships, aircraft, drones, and digital surveillance, patrolling land, sea and air. If we counted these ‘walls’, they would number hundreds. As a result, it is now more dangerous and deadly than ever to cross borders for people fleeing poverty and violence.

    In addition, the research highlights that, as in the United States, immigration and terrorism are the main reasons given by states for the construction of walls, both justifications together represent 50%, half of the world’s walls.

    Israel tops the list of countries that have built the most walls, with a total of 6. It is followed by Morocco, Iran and India with 3 walls each. Countries with 2 border walls are South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Lithuania.

    “The global trend in border management policies is to build a world in which segregation and inequality are reinforced. In this walled world, commerce and capital are not restricted, yet it increasingly excludes people based on their class and origin”, states Ainhoa ​​Ruiz Benedicto, co-author of the report and researcher at the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau.

    The report focuses on a few specific walls in different regions, highlighting the following:

    Four of the five countries bordering Syria have built walls: Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
    India has built 6,540 km of barriers against its neighboring countries, covering 43% of its borders.
    Morocco built an occupation wall with Western Sahara considered “the greatest functional military barrier in the world”, 2,720 km long.

    In addition to physical walls, the militarization of border areas continues to increase, in which walls are just one means of stopping people crossing territories.. The report highlights two cases:

    Mexico has notably militarized its border with Guatemala with equipment and financing through the US funded Frontera Sur program.
    Australia has turned the sea into a barrier with the deployment of its armed forces and the Maritime Border Command of the Australian Border Force, in addition to an offshore detention system that violates human rights.

    The business of building walls

    Finally, the report analyzes the industry that profits from this surge in wall-building and the criminalization of people fleeing poverty and violence. The report concludes that the border security industry is diverse, as shown by the number of companies involved in the construction of Israel’s walls, with more than 30 companies from the military, security, technology and construction sectors.

    “Many walls and fences are built by local construction companies or by state entities, such as the military. However, the walls are invariably accompanied by a range of technological systems, such as monitoring, detection and identification equipment, vehicles, aircraft and arms, which military and security firms provide”, explains Mark Akkerman, co-author of the report and researcher at Stop Wapenhandel. Companies such as Airbus, Thales, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and L3 Technologies are the main beneficiaries of border contracts - in particular providing the technology that accompanies the walls in both the US and in EU member states. In the specific cases studied in the report, companies such as Elbit, Indra, Dat-Con, CSRA, Leidos and Raytheon also stand out as key contractors.

    “Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is extremely sad that the wall has become the symbol of our time. Not only is it a betrayal of people’s hopes in 1989, but it also locks us into a fortress with no way out in which we lose our very humanity. All the research tells us that we can expect more migration in the coming decades. Therefore, it is of profound importance to seek other dignified and humane ways to respond to the needs of people who are forced to flee their homes for reasons of poverty, violence and climate change”, warns Nick Buxton, co-editor of the report and researcher at TNI.

    https://www.tni.org/en/article/6-out-of-10-people-worldwide-live-in-a-country-that-has-built-border-walls

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    Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden stood on the pulpit of a church across from the White House on Sunday and declared Gmail the preferred online service of terrorists. As part of an adult education forum at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hayden gave a wide ranging speech on “the tension between security and liberty.” Follow the latest on Election 2020 During the speech, he specifically defended Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), which provides the legal (...)

    #Google #Gmail #anti-terrorisme #FISA #PRISM #NSA #surveillance #CIA

  • Zoom’s Censorship of Palestinian Events Sparks Outrage
    https://theintercept.com/2020/11/14/zoom-censorship-leila-khaled-palestine

    Zoom cited anti-terrorism laws to shut down an event with Palestinian activist Leila Khaled — and other events criticizing its censorship. Few companies have benefited from the coronavirus pandemic as much as Zoom, the online conferencing platform that has become a ubiquitous substitute for in-person interaction, work, and school. But a fight over Zoom’s right to censor speech is now brewing across the academic world, after the company shut down a seminar at San Francisco State University (...)

    #Zoom #anti-terrorisme #censure #visioconférence

  • France, Des mesures inquiétantes prises suite au meurtre de Samuel Paty
    https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/article/mesures-inquietantes-prises-suite-meurtre-samuel-paty

    Amnesty International condamne avec fermeté les meurtres odieux de Samuel Paty, un enseignant, et de trois autres personnes à Nice dans une église et demande à ce que les coupables soient traduit en justice le plus rapidement possible. Pour autant, il est inquiétant que parmi les mesures prises par le gouvernement suite à ces attentats, certaines sont en contradiction avec les obligations internationales de la France en matière de respect des droits humains. Le 16 octobre 2020, Samuel Paty, un (...)

    #anti-terrorisme #religion #discrimination #surveillance #Islam #Amnesty #législation

    • Le droit à la liberté d’expression impose aux autorités non seulement de s’abstenir de se livrer à des discours stéréotypés et discriminatoires, mais leur impose également de jouer un rôle actif dans la lutte contre les stéréotypes et les préjugés. Tout en garantissant le droit de chaque personne de critiquer les religions, elles doivent aussi veiller à ce que, après ces meurtres, ni les personnes musulmanes ni les personnes réfugiées ne soient la cible de discours discriminatoires et de violences, et elles doivent garantir le droit de chaque personne d’exprimer sa religion ou ses convictions sans craindre de discrimination et de violence. Cependant, malgré cette obligation, ces 20 dernières années, les autorités françaises ont adopté des lois et des politiques qui restreignent le droit de porter des symboles ou des vêtements religieux ou culturels et qui ont été discriminatoires envers les personnes musulmanes et l’exercice de leurs droits à la liberté de religion et de conviction et à la liberté d’expression

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