Saturday, April 02, 2005

mukhabarat doing their thing...

I've been hearing a lot of "clicks" in my recent phonecalls to Lebanon. However, yesterday, something very interesting happened.

I called a friend's cell phone, and heard someone pick up. The person didn't say hi or anything of that sort, so I didn't say anything either... After about about 10 seconds of awkward silence, I decided to shut the phone.

After an hour, I called back and asked my friend what had happened. It turns out that the phone never rang, and it was never out of sight!

Then, while we were talking, I heard someone in the background but didn't make anything of it. My friend then asked me if someone was next to me because there were some voices in the background!

Hmmm... should I be flattered?

I've become popular all of a sudden.

5 comments:

ThinkingMan said...

Well, we know after the UN report that they have department in charge of monitoring "telephone conversations". What a ridiculous thing. I thought it wasn't true when I first heard about it a few years ago.
Also, since 2002, they have had a mandate to monitor the activities of the opposition abroad that are opposed to the government.
From: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2004/41726.htm
"During 2002, State Prosecutor Addoum announced that he would examine declarations, including television interviews and press statements, made by opposition members in the country and abroad after the Christian Maronite World Congress held in Los Angeles in June 2002 in search of incriminating elements. This included statements about Syria and the Syria Accountability Act. Addoum ordered security agencies to gather information about opposition activities outside of the country. "

Brian H said...

I hope you filled your conversation with observations about the unclean personal and sexual habits of the muks.

Charles Malik said...

I hear strange clicks on my phone all the time, especially when I talk with one of my Syrian friends. Hmmm...
Also, I have heard that when people are arrested for drugs, the derek just want to know where they came from. And a former prosecuter told me that when people are arrested for homosexuality, the first questions asked are whether the person had relations with any political figure. Kind of crazy stuff. All the internal organizations are trying to discredit one another and take each other down. It's a great way for a third world dictator to keep anyone who could possibly rise to power from getting there. Keep those motivated individuals fighting with one another.

Mustapha said...

ahhh, the beauty of half anonimity..

Raja said...

:) good one mustapha