Thursday, January 19, 2006

Senate Is Really Digging Into ISAFP Wiretapping

TECHNICAL SERGEANT VIDAL DOBLE owns the voice on the Garci Tapes annotating many of the conversations including the one with the line "Will I lead by 1M?", according to sworn testimony today by his acknowledged lover and mistress, Ms. Marieta Santos before the Senate Defense Committee of Sen. Rodolfo Biazon. Two more tapes allegedly produced by Intelligence Services of the AFP (ISAFP) were played in the Senate. (Her previous testimony in the Senate was a stunning break in the Senate for the Garci tape controversy because it first established as plausible fact, the accusation that ISAFP had conducted a massive wiretapping operation on behalf of Pres. Arroyo during the 2004 elections, because she or her political machinery did not trust Virgilio Garcillano.) Ms. Santos testified that these contained the vocal annotation of another acquiantance of hers, Vidal Doble's colleague at ISAFP, a Master Sgt. Villedo. That makes them prime witnesses in a coming investigation of how and why the Philippine Military was prostituted to such a partisan and selfish political purpose in 2004 as their use to eavesdrop on public and private persons alike. ABSCBN's report on the Senate hearing focuses on the bugging of FPJ's phone lines. (over which Magdalo's most loved-hated Senator, Gringo Honasan, tried to make much during the hearing. I hope he meets Trillanes, Bumanding, Faeldon and and the rest of the Magdalo in a dark alley one of these days. I reckon he's not seeing too much of them anymore.)

The politicians will surely be up in arms now over the revelation that the wiretapping operation may have been a little wider than first supposed by many. But I have claimed in numerous previous posts however, that the violations of RA4200 involved are completely independent of the CONTENT of any of the conversations. Someone used the military intelligence service to illegally eavesdrop on the Commander in chief and dozens, perhaps hundres of others. That someone should be punished to the full extent of the national security laws, whoever that someone is, even if it is the Commander in chief herself!

The self-evident violations of Republic Act 4200, the Antiwiretapping Law, embodied in the very existence of the Garci Recordings, AS OFFENSES AGAINST NATIONAL SECURITY LAWS, are being investigated by the Senate, under the tireless and dogged efforts of SENATOR RODOLFO BIAZON, who has done more to understand the awesome implications of this angle of the Gloriagate story than anyone else. Everyone has been so fixated on the VOTERIGGING aspect of thing that no one has paid much attention to the obvious: Someone made the Garci Recordings and its many copies. That someone obviously did so illegally, since at least one of its pariticpants, Virgilio Garcillano has claimed he did not authorize such recordings. Ipso facto, they are illegally acquired recordings.

Well if you are just tuning in to this issue just now, have you got a lot of catching up to do. Lucky for you there are all these posts from PHILIPPINE COMMENTARY on this subject:

The Wire Tapping. The Wire Tapping!

Was the Adam and Eve of All Tapes Digital?

Overhearing the Palace Thinking

Rope-a-Dope Trap: Garci as Poisoned Pawn?

Fingerprinting the Human Voice

Judas Goat On Top Of Mount Pinatubo

Supreme Court Will Now Rule in Garci's Favor

Stunning Break in Gloriagate Controversy

Fourteen Soldiers Are Hostages of ISAFP

Long Live the Anti Wire Tapping Law!

The Right to Privacy and the Public's Right to Know

Only the Opposition Can Save GMA

Dilemma of the Poisoned Fruits

Freedom and Garci's Second Petition

National Security is the Highest National Interest

GENERAL RUDOLFO CANIESO, a supporter of Sen. Panfilo Lacson's presidential candidacy in 2004 and former Director of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency had an interesting point to make about the EQUIPMENT needed to undertake a CELLPHONE wiretapping operation successfully. He testified at the hearing that only GOVERNMENTS could legally purchase the sophisticated gear needed to eavesdrop on TRI-BAND FREQUENCY HOPPING cellphone conversations. Documents presented at the Senate hearing showed that typical "digital GSM cellular interceptor" systems would cost about 25 million pesos (US $420,000.00). Gen Canieso emphasized the point that a "CERTIFICATE OF END-USER" is required by all legitimate vendors, effectively restricting civilians from acqujiring such equipment. It was quite ironic that the first tape played by Sen. Biazon happened to contain a wiretap of Gen. Canieso's own cellphone. Gen. Canieso also made the very important point that cellular phone communicatins are DIGITALLY encoded by the service provider, as Philippine Commentary considered in WAS THE ADAM AND EVE OF ALL TAPES DIGITAL Interestingly, Gen. Canieso would not rule out PING LACSON being able to afford such equipment.

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SENATOR SERGIO OSMENA III appears to be the techie in the Senate, dropping the correct meanings of TDMA, CDMA and GSM for the education of a somewhat befuddled Juan Ponce Enrile.


mlq3 said...

bravo! bravo! for this entry!

Jon Mariano said...

Hopefully senator Biazon's inquiry will end up differently from the other senate inquiries.

It's in aid of legislation, so supposed to be, a good law will be enacted and "implemented".

But I would be very interested on the 'truth' behind all these. Who approved of it? Who benefited from it? and many more questions that begs to be answered. I'll definitely watch out for developments!



Am sceptical about the outcome over the about hulla balloo in the Senate.

I can't remember when ONE national scandal, i.e, law breaking events, political, financial shennanigans, etc., investigated by either the lower or the higher chamber involving legal personalities, national politicians, including family members, friends and supporters of the current Malacanang occupant that culminated in an indictment of a culprit or culprits.

(Erap was a victim of a plot and his being jailed has nothing to do with a bona-fide Congress investigation efforts.)

I posted a similar message in this blog sometime ago: Sets pf wiretapping equipment were sold to members of ISAFP and PNP in 2001 paid for in cash, some guys from PSG helped in the 'technical evaluation,' etc.. The budget that had been earmarked then was 35 million pesos at the time.

A European country sold a set of equipment to RP when it received an end user certificate which was required then by the exporting country.

Max Soliven published my inputs in his column on the same score a while ago - immediately after Gonzales said that the country had no wiretapping ability - just can't remember date.

Look for those guys who shopped for and bought the equipment and you can start tracing the source.

DJB, the witnesses in the Senate like Robles, Honasan et al do NOT have the credibiity vis a vis their comrades - the AFP guys who are in the know will never come out because those two guys are not worth the sacrifice.

Unless Biazon starts 'shooting', his investigation will lead to nowhere.