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Key Modi rival Rahul Gandhi among potential Indian targets of NSO

4 hours ago

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Key Modi rival Rahul Gandhi among potential Indian targets of NSO

@baybal2 3 hours

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India's analog of PRISM, and a complete regulatory carte blanche for domestic espionate is not BJP's doing. The prime majority of India's very, very intrusive surveillance laws were passed in 1999-2009.

The Congress though it will rule India forever.

Everything you do while in power, can be used against you when you loose it.

I bet the Congress leadership is now pulling its hair for letting the 2007 telegraph act amendment go.

Congress was trying to push CMS (a.k.a. India's PRISM) through the legislature multiple times though 200x, but only succeeded after Mumbai attacks.

https://cis-india.org/internet-governance/blog/india-central...

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/in-the-dark-abo...

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indias-surveillance-p...

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@Bhilai 3 hours

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This article has some scathing stuff. If true, these paint Modi govt in a very bad light. Sounds like complete abuse of power with no checks and balances.

> Analysis of the more than 1,000 mostly Indian phone numbers selected for potential targeting by the NSO client that hacked Kishor strongly indicate intelligence agencies within the Indian government were behind the selection.

> The phone number of a woman who accused India’s then chief justice of sexual harassment was selected shortly after her claims became public, along with 10 other numbers linked to her including those used by her husband and two other family members.

> Forensic analysis detected Pegasus activity as recently as this month on a phone used by Sushant Singh, a journalist who investigated a controversial billion-dollar contract awarded to one of Modi’s close allies in business to build a fleet of fighter jets with the French manufacturer Dassault.

> The Wire reporter Rohini Singh is facing civil and criminal defamation charges over an investigation she produced into the finances of the son of India’s home minister, Amit Shah. She was selected as a target over the two years ...

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@virtuabhi 2 hours

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Why are two Cabinet Ministers (Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Patel from Modi govt.) are in this list?

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@Arun2009 2 hours

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It's very disturbing to me as an ordinary Indian citizen that a foreign private company was given the carte blanche to spy on prominent individuals in India. India's history is replete with incidents where seeking the help of foreign agents to subdue local opponents compromised India's security and Indians' liberty.

Traitors don't necessarily have to set out to commit treason against their country - they can be just unsophisticated simpletons greedy for power. And they can commit treason and sabotage the nation in the name of patriotism.

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@perfectstorm 21 minutes

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> Analysis of the more than 1,000 mostly Indian phone numbers selected for potential targeting by the NSO client that hacked Kishor strongly indicate intelligence agencies within the Indian government were behind the selection.

this is disturbing but i'm not surprised. Modi will go to any extend to keep his power. People often claim BJP (ruling party) has a weak opposition but if it's so weak why do they even care about spying on the opposition leader? No matter who comes to the top, they are going to be spyed on by this government which is a shame.

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@yann2 2 hours

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Can you imagine monitoring the jabberings of modern journos and politicians 24*7. I would probably jump out of a window on the first day.

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@vijaybritto 3 hours

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Although this is not surprising at all (because Modi is a mass murderer), what took everyone by surprise is the fact that the govt planted evidence in multiple activists' devices and arrested them under a draconian act called UAPA. So many political prisoners are currently in prison without any trial for years

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@smoldesu 2 hours

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Does anyone else feel like India's government is starting to spiral? Particularly their censorship of domestic media has concerned me, and hearing about these crazy surveillance campaigns is starting to give me "human rights violation" vibes.

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