Unexplainable Cutting Of Internet Cables Points To Sabotage
Is the undoubtedly deliberate damage to communications
throughout the Middle East and Asia a warning, or something
even more deadly?
The cutting of multiple undersea cables in several different locations
hundreds of miles apart continues to arouse suspicion and stir
It seems that the activity represents, at the very
least, a warning shot across the bows of certain Middle Eastern
and Asian nations, and may even signify the imminence of a major
In the space four days the Middle East and Asia
has experienced unprecedented mass Internet outages after no less
than four undersea Internet cables were cut without explanation.
Internet blackouts were reported in large tracts of Asia, the
Middle East and North Africa after the cable connections were
severed. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates,
Kuwait, Bahrain, Pakistan and India, all experienced severe problems.
Reports in the press in the United Arab Emirates
have since claimed that the total number of cables now cut is
Some questioned whether Iran has been completely
cut off from the net. Although the
internet traffic report shows the main routers as
off, Iran and surrounding countries have satellite links and access
to older power lines they used to use, before optical fibre cables
Most large tech firms, particularly in India, that
do outsourced programming and data entry for U.S. and European
insurance, banking and medical companies have not been seriously
disrupted because they have used such alternate connections.
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However, undersea cables carry about 95 percent
of the world's telephone and Internet traffic, according to the
International Cable Protection Committee, an 86-member group that
works with fishing, mining and drilling companies to curb damage
to submarine cables.
The media and bloggers alike have questioned the
plausibility of up to five cables being cut by accident, affecting
most of the Middle East in such a short space of time. The cables
are laid deep underwater and are extremely durable. The odds of
five of these being damaged within 3 days are astronomical.
In December 2006, seven of the eight Internet cables
connected to Taiwan were damaged by an earthquake, disrupting
Internet communications in much of Asia for weeks. However the
five cables in question are hundreds of miles apart and no earthquake
activity has been reported in any of the affected areas.
Suspicions were further aroused when United Arab
Emirates' second largest telecom company reported that the cables
off of Egypt in the Mediterranean, were cut due to ships dragging
their anchors, a practice that ships rarely engage in.
The location of the cables are on shown on nautical
charts, they are also placed within maritime exclusion zones.
Egypt has video cameras that watches the stretch of ocean where
the cables are located, and it has since been
confirmed by the government there that there were
no ships in the area when the cables were cut. So whatever happened
occurred entirely beneath the surface of the Mediterranean sea.
Two of the damaged cables, the Flag Europe-Asia
cable and Falcon, are owned by Flag Telecom, a subsidiary of Indian
conglomerate Reliance ADA Group. Flag Telecom has since stated
that it has never had two cables down at the same time in the
Flag Telecom's network is also one of the "newest in existence"
so it would be unlikely that the cables would break because of
wear and tear or age.
The cables are the communication, commerce and technology lifelines
for the afore mentioned nations. Government operations, trading
and the financial markets are totally
dependent upon the internet.
Most notably, Israel and Iraq have been unaffected
by the outage, leading some to predict that the mysterious cable
sabotage could portend another imperial Neo-Con crusade in the
There is a historical precedent for this kind of
sabotage, at the beginning of world war two, one of the first
British actions against Germany was to cut their under water communications
In the 1960s the US developed submarines for the
purpose of tapping into cables and cutting communications. The
Parch and the USS
Halibut were both used to tap communications cables.
Recently, a document entitled Information Operation
Roadmap was declassified by the Pentagon due to a Freedom of Information
Act request by the National Security Archive at George Washington
One portion of the document states:
“Information, always important in warfare, is now critical
to military success and will only become more so in the foreseeable
future..... Information operations should be centralized under
the Office of the Secretary of Defence and made a core military
"Objective: IO [information operations] becomes a core
competency. The importance of dominating the information spectrum
explains the objective of transforming IO into a core military
competency on a par with air, ground, maritime and special operations.
The charge to the IO Roadmap oversight panel was to develop
as concrete a set of action recommendations as possible to make
IO a core competency, which in turn required identifying the
essential prerequisites to become a core military competency."
The importance of information warfare is clearly laid out in
this document. Brent Jessop, a regular contributor to Infowars
has exhaustively documented the phenomenon of “Full
Spectrum Information Warfare”
Mark Glenn of the American
Free Press explains why the cutting of communications
may indeed be a prelude to aggression or a warning:
The countries most affected are all major players in the current
goings-on in the Middle East where the US and the Jewish state
are up to their eyeballs in skullduggery. The gulf countries
were recently visited by George Bush who tried–unsuccessfully–to
rally them around support for renewed pressure on a recalcitrant
Iran, only to be laughed out of the region. In addition, when
asked recently by the US to increase oil output in order to
lighten the effects of a downward-spiraling economy, the OPEC
nations (some of whom were affected by the cable cut) refused.
The Gulf countries in particular are heavily involved with
Iran in banking issues at a time when Israel and America are
trying through sanctions and other pressures to isolate and
economically strangulate the Islamic republic by preventing
other nations from doing business with her. The Gulf countries
are getting nervous about a steadily-declining dollar to which
their own economies are directly linked and are now openly talking
about following other nations that have linked their own currencies
to something less troublesome such as the Euro. Pakistan–the
only nuclear-armed Muslim country, recently gave a resounding
‘Hell-no’ to the prospect of US troops operating
on its soil.
In short, the deliberate cutting of the internet cables can
easily be seen as a shot across the bow by the US/Israeli hydra,
a form of low-intensity/covert warfare aimed at destabilizing
them and making things uncomfortable, as well as reminding them
that if they don’t play ball according to the dictates
of the New World Order that ‘accidents’ can happen.
Others have also speculated that the actions may
be related to Iran opening its oil bourse on the 12th of February.
The bourse is considered a direct threat to the continued global
dominance of the dollar because it will require that Iranian oil,
petrochemicals and gas be traded in non-dollar currencies.
As Online Journal contributorMike
"If the dollar is de-linked from oil; it
will no longer serve as the de facto international currency
and the US will be forced to reduce its massive trade deficits,
rebuild its manufacturing capacity, and become an export nation
The real danger is that the oil bourse will accelerate
the downward pressure on the dollar that has been facilitated
by rampant overspending by the US government and printing of money
out of thin air by the Federal Reserve. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia
is already dropping hints that if Iran succeeds in getting their
oil bourse up and running, they too will start taking Euros for
their oil. Without foreign demand for the dollar as an oil exchange
currency, the US economy is in real danger of slipping into recession
with the dollar take a battering.
ships have now reached at least three of the cables,
where full functionality is scheduled to be restored within the
week. The owners of the cables have not yet issued any statements
as to their findings and have
refused to speculate on the cause of the cuts.
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