A friend just pointed out to me something that sits in one of the U.S. diplomatic cables clear as day and which I missed entirely. There is an inordinate interest placed on Israel’s telecommunications systems by U.S. diplomats. They are called upon to report back to Foggy Bottom about anything they learn inside Israel on that score. Why? Because the U.S. wants to do to Israel what Israel does to us: that is, snoop on everything from Congress to the White House.
It could also be said that the U.S. has interest in such matters because it wants to be better able to combat Israeli penetration of the U.S. (counter espionage). Read the following information requested from U.S. diplomats stationed in Israel, with the above in mind:
G. Information Infrastructure and Telecommunications Systems (INFR-3).
–Current specifications, vulnerabilities, capabilities, and planned upgrades to national telecommunications infrastructure, networks, and technologies used by government and military authorities, intelligence and security services, and the public sector.
–Details about command, control, and communications systems and facilities.
–National leadership use of and dependencies on a dedicated telecommunications infrastructure.
–Details about national and regional telecommunications policies, programs, regulations, and training.
–Information about current and planned upgrades to public sector communications systems and technologies used by government, military personnel, and the civil sector, including cellular phone networks, mobile satellite phones, very small aperture terminals (VSAT), trunked and mobile radios, pagers, prepaid calling cards, firewalls, encryption, international connectivity, use of electronic data interchange, and cable and fiber networks.
–Information about wireless infrastructure, cellular communications capabilities and makes and models of cellular phones and their operating systems, to include second generation and third generation systems.
–Details about the use of satellites for telecommunication purposes, including planned system upgrades. –Details about internet and intranet use and infrastructure, including government oversight.
–Details about foreign and domestic telecommunications service providers and vendors.
–Plans and efforts to acquire US export-controlled telecommunications equipment and technology.
–Plans and efforts to export or transfer state-of-the art telecommunications equipment and technology.
–Details about information repositories associated with radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled systems used for passports, government badges, and transportation systems.