1. Libya

    Foreign Firms Helped Gaddafi

    ROME - JUNE 10:  Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi attends a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace on June 10, 2009 in Rome, Italy. Colonel Gaddafi is in Rome to attend a meeting of G8 Development Ministers.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Muammar Gaddafi

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    The “mad dog of the Middle East” liked to keep tabs on his people. Muammar Gaddafi’s regime bought surveillance equipment from many foreign companies, which was then used to spy on the Libyan people, The Wall Street Journal reports. Earlier this year, Libyan officials held talks with several companies, including Boeing Co.’s Narus, in order to add Internet-filtering capabilities to Libya’s spying operation. The South African firm VASTech sold Gaddafi’s regime tools to tap all international calls going in and out of the country. The sale of technology to intercept communications for profit is not against the law, although some countries require firms to obtain special approval before exporting interception devices.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal