Lebanon Considering U.S. Request to Establish Telecom Station amid Fears it Could Breach Security

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The Lebanese state is considering a U.S. request to establish a telecommunications station on its territories amid fears that it would jeopardize security in Lebanon as it might transfer data to Israel, As Safir newspaper reported on Monday.

According t the daily, the Parliamentary Information committee, which will meet on Tuesday, is expected to tackle the request until Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui returns to Lebanon and informs the committee about its details.

The station will be using very small aperture terminal (VSAT) technique, a satellite communications system, whereby each end user is interconnected with the hub station via the satellite. The system handles data, voice, and video signals.

The report noted that the U.S. army request is being considered by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority which will eventually refer it to the government for discussions and to take the appropriate decision.

It pointed out that if the request was approved then the U.S. would own a separate telecommunications station that the Lebanese authorities would have no control over.

Observers said that the VSAT system would allow the U.S. to breach the Lebanese telecom network and link it to other Israeli stations.

Should it be approved, As Safir reported that the station may be established near the U.S. Embassy in Awkar.

Comments 21
Thumb primesuspect 17 December 2012, 09:22

I can't see how we'd benefit from this. And why would M8 government allow this? it's obscure and fishy!

Missing samiam 17 December 2012, 10:29

They usually offer something in exchange, maybe money, technology or other stuff. The fact that it wasn't rejected outright means there is something in return.

Missing phillipo 17 December 2012, 10:30

When the US has established stations of any kind around the world the local economy has always beneffited from it.
Who knows, if it were true that it could be linked to Israeli stations, surely this could be an attempt to bring calm to the region.
Immediate communications between two sides in a conflict can lower the danger.

Thumb benzona 17 December 2012, 11:50

Yalla Mowaten. Yalla. Yalla shoo? Yalla, remove the red thumbs and you'll get green ones, it's the spirit of Xmas. Just like Santa, the real one was green.... Coca cola made him red and here you go today.... We only see him in red.

Que la paix soit avec toi.

Thumb Elemental 17 December 2012, 12:03

Security is already breached by HA and Israel to begin with. Look at why the net here is slow too, so many spy programs and hacking. With both already spying the living daylights out of Lebanon, this isn't new.

Thumb Elemental 17 December 2012, 12:09

Keep in mind also WHY the 3G with Alfa and Touch is nowhere near actual 3G speeds.

Thumb Chupachups 17 December 2012, 12:35

FT I blame you... Why ?. You might ask... Well no reason at all, just wanna blame you, good day sir

Thumb Chupachups 17 December 2012, 12:51

actually FT...i blame karim. lol

Default-user-icon watever (Guest) 17 December 2012, 12:39

We don't need any of this stuff whether it helps the economy or not. This will only bring us more controversy and be used politically by one side or the other. So THANK YOU BUT NO THANKS!
... unless we can use it to tap into their communications?

Default-user-icon watever (Guest) 17 December 2012, 13:02

We should all work on making this country neutral. this is the only way to insulate it from trouble and calm down the boiling sectarian partisanship hormones in the inside. A red light district can also help with this regard. Seriously, this is more important that any other potential benefit, especially for the long-term sake of the country. So spare us all with your theories on naval bases, communication centers, etc.

Missing beirutbastard00 17 December 2012, 16:44

They deleted me one time cause I said the monarchies need to b brought down... I kept re-posting it n they kept deleting it. It's so weird this self censorship, I would love to kno where the red lines are, cause I've read some pretty f'd up posts here!

Missing beirutbastard00 17 December 2012, 16:48

What does the word benzona mean btw??? One time ft said something bout it but I can't remember. Also, maybe I'm wrong, but I honestly feel like philipo is Israeli.

Missing phillipo 17 December 2012, 20:52

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. It is a well know fact that by repeating an untruth enough times, the majority of people will believe you. So good luck.

Missing beirutbastard00 18 December 2012, 00:50

I'm just saying. I've read the comments here for a long time... Most r die hard m14ers, but ur a bit different.

Thumb lebanon_first 17 December 2012, 16:51

We have to seize this opportunity to establish the base, and create a dependance of the US on Lebanon. This way, we will have a card in our hands in case the going gets tough, in any future negotiation.
Egypt is getting 3B dollars a yeaer from the US, Israel 4B. Instead of turning our head in the sand and pretend we want to liberate east timor, we could join the bandwagon and start courting the US, the white house, the congress, the army... to get advantages

Default-user-icon watever (Guest) 17 December 2012, 17:25

Leb_first, I wish you picked another name before posting this.
All you will be creating is a dependance on a foreign state whose legitimacy is very controversial in the Middle-east and that's a fact.
And Egypt? Just look where the 3B led them. No economy, no education, non-existant international status.. (poor pharaons should be turning in their graves right now)
Please guys, let's not kid ourselves! US money has not helped in the development of any country in the region except for one (philipo's). All I see is more poverty, more partition, less tolerance. Just look at ourselves and our posts...

Default-user-icon watever (Guest) 17 December 2012, 18:27

Leb_first, I wish you picked another name before posting this.
All you will be creating is a dependence on a foreign state whose legitimacy is very controversial in the Middle-east and that's a fact.
And Egypt? Just look where the 3B led them. No economy, no education, non-existant international status.. (poor pharaohs should be turning in their graves right now)
Please guys, let's not kid ourselves! US money has not helped in the development of any country in the region except for one (philipo's). All I see is more poverty, more partition, less tolerance. Just look at ourselves and our posts...

Missing phillipo 17 December 2012, 20:57

Couldn't agree with you more.
Could you imagine what a couple of billion dollars a year would do to Lebanon's economy.

Default-user-icon watever (Guest) 18 December 2012, 10:50

Leb_first, I wish you picked another name before posting this.
All you will be creating is a dependence on a foreign state whose intentions are very controversial in the Middle-east to say the least, and that's a fact.
And Egypt? Just look where the 3B led them. No economy, no education, non-existant international status.. (poor pharaohs should be turning in their graves right now)
Please guys, let's not kid ourselves! US money has not helped in the development of any country in the region except for one (philipo's). All I see is more poverty, more partition, less tolerance. Just look at ourselves and our posts...

Thumb the_roar 17 December 2012, 19:02

You have my 100% backing on this issue, Phoenix.
You are dead on the money, Insults remain whilst decent debate is removed.
Go Figure. To Naharnet, I rarely see eye to eye with Phoenix, But his posts are as clean & according to the topic as can possibly be.
please remove the posts that contain insults instead. We prefer clean posts from decent folk like Phoenix even if we don't agree. This is what topic forums are about. Thanks

Missing beirutbastard00 18 December 2012, 05:11

Lebanon_first... We need to work on getting weapons out of Lebanon before asking other countries to bring theirs here.

They wana come all the way over here n build a telecommunications station, n we can't even build a power station ourselves! What a failed society we r.