Bill aims to enable agencies to track Israelis' every move

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    Bill aims to enable agencies to track citizens' every move - Israel News, Ynetnews

    The Justice Ministry is seeking to significantly expand the number of government agencies authorized to track the moves of citizens for investigation purposes, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

    The new legislation would grant the Antiquities Authority, the Nature and Parks Authority and the Environmental Protection Ministry, among others, permission to tap Israelis' phones and computers.

    The bill aims to amend a law from 2007 that regulates the authorities' ability to seize individuals' records from companies that provide communication services. The law enables the relevant agencies to apply for tracking warrants; if granted by the court, these warrants allow officials to eavesdrop on suspects' phone conversations and go through their text messages, e-mails and computer files.

    The law currently applies to the Shin Bet, the police and the military police, as well as the Securities, Antitrust and Tax authorities. The Justice Ministry claims that expanding the legislation to additional agencies would bolster their law enforcement abilities.

    The Agriculture Ministry and the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment would also be among the government bodies allowed access to personal information if the amendment is ratified.

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    The revised legislation would not only apply to suspected felonies, as does the original law, but also to misdemeanors, a move that could expose a wider array of citizens to tracking.

    Antiques thieves are just one example of the type of criminal that could be exposed if the law is amended, according to a source in the Judiciary. Moreover, illegal hunters could be tracked by the GPS devices in their phones, he said.

    The proposed legislation is expected to be put up for the Knesset's approval by the end of the year.

    Attorney Avner Pinchuk of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel said that the bill is "puzzling and disconcerting."

    ACRI and the Bar Association have petitioned the High Court of Justice against the original law.

    Attorney Dan Hay of the Bar Association added: "This expansion hurts the citizens. At first we dubbed this law 'Big Brother.' Now it appears it is amassing more and more brothers."

    He noted that it is inappropriate for the Justice Ministry to attempt to amend a law that is the subject of an ongoing High Court petition.
     
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    And you wonder why most people call Israel a fascist state? :cool:
     
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    It's none of our business!

    Israel is a foreign country and should be regarded as such and nothing more.
     
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    I wish more American people and politicians thought like that. :cool:
     
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    That is not the reason why people think Israel is a fascist state, don't fool yourself.:eusa_whistle:
     
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    True, there are many more reasons than just this one. :cool:
     
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    Did they bust all the Palestinians already ?
     
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    None of them is based on real knowledge.

    If anything can be mistakened by "fascism", it's simply because in Israel the rich people live from the blood of the poor, and nobody gives a crap about people anymore. Bibi can give his MKs 4000 Shekels suits while in Israel there are over 300,000 starved children.

    Take that to mind. And it's not even a security issue.

    Problems start from home.
     
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    But the Hebrews on the board are always bragging about what a great economy Israel has.

    Ya know, all of the start up companies and R & D stuff going on. :cool:
     
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    "the Hebrews on the board are always bragging about what a great economy Israel has"

    I will not harm my modesty if saying that the only credible Hebrew source on this board to know about the issue is me.

    Since I'm a simple citizen who see how things really are on those big adds or commercials or whatever.

    The normal Israeli does not think the economy is so great. Google about the social protest in Israel, you'll find interesting things. What people tell you is not true.

    But besides, poverty always exist. it should be delt with, though
     

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