I Thessalonians 5:20, 21

Do not despise expounding of scripture, but scrutinize all things. Hold fast that which is right.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

- I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.


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Friday, February 01, 2008

Portent of Things to Come

When seven underseas cables offshore of Taiwan were damaged during an earthquake in December 2006, communication and internet service in Taiwan was severely interrupted for weeks and connections to China, Japan and Southeast Asia were affected as was the United States — where 60 percent of capacity was lost. This communications interruption had a plausible natural cause - an earthquake.

Just this last week in January, a cable or cables off the coast of Egypt was cut. This damaged cable resulted in disruption to 70% of the nationwide network in Egypt, and India suffered up to 60% disruption. Disruption also occurred in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, reported the Associated Press. In Dubai, at least two internet service providers (ISPs) were affected.

As a result of the cable break, Iran was completely cut off.


However, service in Israel was un-interrupted.

An official at the provider, DU, told AP that a fault in a network between Alexandria, Egypt, and Palermo, Italy, was to blame.

DU issued a statement to alert customers to "a degradation in internet services and international voice calls for some customers during peak times".

The company said it was due to "cuts in two international submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea this morning (Wednesday).

Then a day or two later the Zawya Dow Jones news agency reported a third undersea fibre optic cable running through the Suez to Sri Lanka was cut Friday, said a Flag official. Two other fiber optic cables owned by Flag Telecom and consortium SEA-ME-WE 4 located near Alexandria, Egypt, were damaged Wednesday leading to a slowdown in Internet and telephone services in the Middle East and South Asia.

"We had another cut today between Dubai and Muscat three hours back. The cable was about 80G capacity, it had telephone, Internet data, everything," one Flag official, who declined to be named, told Zawya Dow Jones.

Rather than natural causes, ships 'dragging anchors' was reportedly the cause of the cable damage. Must be quite a few stupid or incompetent ship's captains in the Middle East to have this many dragging anchors damaging cables. Did these captains get reprimanded for causing so much damage and interruption to the region's communications network? No, and why not? Because this explanation is male cow dung propaganda. Those cables weren't cut by dragging anchors. And it is not a coincidence that so many cables were cut within days of each other all in the same region by the same alleged cause - dragging anchors.

See Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Drew here:


When war with Iran starts, we can be sure many of these same cables will be cut again and by the same United States Navy that cut the cables on this test run.


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