NSO GROUP FACES MORE SANCTIONS

Eighteen US Democratic lawmakers have asked the Treasury Department and State Department to punish Israel-based spyware maker NSO Group and three other surveillance software firms for enabling human rights abuses.

The Global Magnitsky Act, amplified under Executive Order 13818 in December, 2017, authorizes the US President to restrict travel, freeze assets, and limit commercial transactions for those deemed responsible for serious human rights abuses or corruption. With administration approval, such sanctions would be implemented by the Treasury and State Departments.

President Biden is very likely to have listened to the lawmakers who are representing the problems the NSO Group has been implicated in including survience on the US State department.

NSO Group, along with Israel-based Candiru, Russia-based Positive Technologies, and Singapore-based Computer Security Initiative Consultancy are all now on the US Commerce Dept. Entity List.

It is also known that the Israeli police are using The NSO Pegasus spyware against their own citizens without warrants or judicial supervision. Arrests make with the illegal surveillance are often not told of the illegal wiretap leading to further abuses of justice.

JOURNALISM

John Stuart Mill in 1869 in his book On Liberty approached the problem of authority versus liberty from the viewpoint of a 19th-century utilitarian: The individual has the right of expressing himself so long as he does not harm other individuals. The good society is one in which the greatest number of persons enjoy the greatest possible amount of happiness. Applying these general principles of liberty to freedom of expression, Mill states that if we silence an opinion, we may silence the truth. The individual freedom of expression is therefore essential to the well-being of society.

Illegal surveillance on journalists is even more insidious. Journalistic freedom and independent are the cornerstone of democracy. Democracy dies in darkness which is intolerable.

Canada believes freedom of expression is at the core of human individuality and is one of the essential foundations of a safe and prosperous society. The right of everyone to hold opinions without interference and the right to freedom of expression are in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirmed in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Britain has a long tradition of a free, inquisitive press, but unlike the United States, Britain has no constitutional guarantee of press freedom.

The US Bill of Rights includes a free press. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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