Brazilian President Wants to Jail Journalists Who Use Wiretaps

    Veja magazine cover

    Veja magazine cover The IAPA (Inter American Press Association) is voicing concern at a bill introduced to congress by Brazil's executive branch that would amend the rules regulating wiretaps and make it an offense punishable with imprisonment for journalists and news media executives to divulge information obtained from wiretaps without a judge's authorization.

    The chairman of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Gonzalo Marroquí­n, offered support for the arguments made by Brazil's National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) criticizing the bill introduced by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government.

    The new law would set ground rules for unlawful wiretaps, a move that the organization said "directly affects freedom of the press and amounts to nothing less than an authoritarian and undemocratic proposal."

    Marroquí­n, editor of the Guatemala City, Guatemala, newspaper Prensa Libre, explained, "This amendment, apart from penalizing the unlawful conduct of government officials engaged in telephone wiretapping, at the same time unfairly places the blame on journalists for divulging information that may have been leaked to them and which could be of public interest. In consequence, what is really jeopardized is the people's right to be informed."

    The proposed law, currently under debate in the Chamber of Deputies (lower house of Congress), would make it a criminal offense for individual journalists, the press and their news sources to divulge either lawful or unlawful phone taps without court authorization.

    The project amends Article 15 of the Penal Code, increasing the prison term from three to five years and imposing fines on anyone who "directly or through third parties" carries out telephone wiretapping "for purposes other than those foreseen under the law."

    Penalties are increased 50% when a public official is involved. Final passage of the bill would amend Law 9,296/06 which regulates electronic surveillance.

    The issue of clandestine recording of phone conversations originated with complaints about wiretaps on politicians and members of the Federal Supreme Court. The most recent incident was the recording of a phone conversation on July 15 between Supreme Court Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes and opposition Senator Demóstenes Torres, published in the magazine Veja a month later.

    The magazine said the information had been provided by an anonymous source belonging to the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), an agency of the Executive branch.

    Just who might have ordered the wiretap has sparked an internal debate within the federal government involving official departments, cabinet ministers and members of the judicial and legislative branches. In October 2007, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies set up a Parliamentary Investigative Commission to look into the issue.

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    • jtdangerfield

      Wiretaps?
      I didn’t know that this was such an issue. I don’t believe that wiretaps should be used at all. This is a major invasion of privacy in the first place. I don’t think the public, Press included should have the ability to have wiretaps. In most instances I don’t believe that the government should have the ability to have wiretaps.

    • Simpleton

      I wonder
      if maybe at least parts of the Brazilian population are very efficient indeed. Rather than work for one miserly salaria (or less), they choose not to work at all. That’s efficient! Divide output by input (i.e. zero work at all) and the efficiency goes off the charts. Bravo to those that can lead such wonderful lives.

    • CH.C.

      TO AES ” The emotions of the Swiss have long ago been relegated to the closet,”
      So true…but unfortunately NOT the Brazilians working in slavery conditions in your sugarcane fields or in your charcoal industry !
      So true…but unfortunately NOT the Brazilians innocents children killed by your deaths squads.

      These ones dont only dance the Bossa Nova !!!!!!

      We are so relegated to the closet, that on 30 or so rankings we tend to be overall FIRST…and Brazil so much out of the closet….are ranked….NEAR THE QUEUE !!!!!

      I really wonder who is the most relegated to the closet : Brazil or Switzerland !!!!!

      Especially when your GDP per capita is 1/10th ours. even more so that our your exports per capita are 1/25th ours !!!!

      What Brazil can produce not using foreign technology ?
      Not even a car. NO pharma drug !
      Brazil is totally addicted to incoming FDI otherwise…YOU IMPLODE !!!!
      Brazil cant manage its budget with its own currency.

      Feel free to continue dancing the Bossa Nova as you did for the last 70 years.

      Dear AES the cheater, could you remind all of us when you sold Gold at US$ 820.- before you wrote you did ?????
      short memory….liar !
      It could be your real father is Robin the Crook

    • Ric

      HereÀ‚´s to Happy Italians
      And Brazil is better off because of them and all they have done in industry.

      Keeps smiling. Yes.

    • VinnyCarioca

      CH.C- You’re getting more and more bizarre
      [quote]wrong 6 wrong vinnie the bear !!!!!![/quote]
      That is strange, very strange.

      [quote]1) Our difference between a billion and a trillion came from when you said ……a billion of “my” (meaning Yours personally) tax !!!!!!! laugh[/quote]
      Yes CH.C, I am an American taxpayer and I do have an opinion as to how MY tax dollars are spent by MY government (especially when it is branded as a bailout of the GLOBAL financial system).

      [quote]2) your “U.S GDP is 13.8 TRILLION dollars. U.S. External debts are 12.5 TRILLION dollars” What is YOUR sources ? Let me keep my joker…so far ! Smiles[/quote]
      I have posted my source of information. Here it is again: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

      [quote]3) “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So right ! We export and import as much as the giant not so much landlocked…BRAZIL !!!!!! Laugh…laugh !!!! We should do something right that you dont !
      4) again “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So true ! and we won TWICE the America Cup !!!! Yeahhhhh…smiles. Ohhh but in my lake there is also a sailing race……with one of the largest boats fleet…on earth !!!!
      5) once more “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So right and so true ! So landlocked that we have the best infrastructure, wether it be for public transportation for buses, tramways, rails ! Also the best air infrastrucdture.
      Also 100 % of our roads PAVED and well maintained. LET ME REPEAT : 100 % not 95 % of our roads are PAVED, including in our mountains…wether you believe it or not ! Not over…yet ! ZERO percent of our roads/highways are tolled ! ALL FREE !!!!!!!!!!
      6) Once more again ” your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” Yeahhhhh….a paradise for the ultra wealthy.
      We have changed our WORTH ZERO rocky mountains into…GOLD !!!!!!! Certainly a better development than your sugarcane, grains or mining areas ! And definetely….LESS POLLUTING !!!!!

      You can see that ideas and efficiency always generate more profits to ALL, not only for a minority !!!!!
      You see in my city Geneva, with a 450^000 population, we have around 200 headquarters for International Agencies and NGO’s.
      We also provide 50^000 jobs….to our French neighbours.
      We also have the headquarters of the European Center for Nuclear Research, meaning thousands of the world best scientists are working here !
      Geneva believe it or not has the world largest INTERNATIONAL cars show despite the country produce ZERO car ! smiles
      In our summer time, thousands of the most wealthy arabs, including kings, princes, sheikhs and their families are PILLAGING
      our expensives shops ! smiles ! Ohhhh but they also LOVE our mountains and love to ski ! Thus they tend to come here TWICE a year and year after year !
      Everyone love Switzerland. those with money but also those illegals without money. After all…..we pay our maids US$ 22.- / 30.-
      per hour !!!!!!! True ! Illegals here are entitled to FREE healthcare ! also TRUE !!!!!
      Switzerland “my little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” has more foreign tourism revenue than your 7000 kms of beaches….by the way mostly dirty !

      If you wish I can continue the list for a long while !

      Ohhhh since one of our actual disagreement come from education against non education, in your view, what is the school ranked WORLD FIRST for the MBA ????????? Welllll….just published this week : IMD in Lausanne…. Switzerland !
      Sorry….sorry…..this was neither my personal ranking estimate nor my government decision. Ranking made by the Economist !!!!! Smiles[/quote]
      If I knew that my little euphemism for Switzerland would ignite that level of blathering, I would have refrained.

      [quote]Last but not least, I keep smiling when you wrote you may at times make a MINOR mistake !
      a) glad you finally admit it, especially knowing you went to good private schools…with you having a silvespoon in your mouth.
      b) funny that you consider the difference between a billion and a trillion as…MINOR mistake ! to my knowledge the difference is a multiplicator of 1000 ! Not a small error by any standard….in my humble view ! Because then I may also say what is the difference between 12 BILLION AND 12 TRILLION For the U.S. External Debts ! Minor error too ! Right or not ????? smile[/quote]
      I am very happy that I keep you smiling, I love to turn miserable people around. At this point, for you to keep referring to the ‘billion/trillion” typo, is starting to turn into borderline delusional behavior. It would be tantamount to me constantly chiding you for your atrocious spelling and overall poor grasp of the English language.

      [quote]Conclusion : still waiting your sources for the US EXTERNAL debts !!!! smiiiiiiiiles ![/quote]
      Keep smiling…it’s good for the heart.

    • aes

      The efficiency of Ch.c and the mechanistic predeterminism of cogs.
      efficiency (-fshn-s)
      1. The ratio of the energy delivered (or work done) by a machine to the energy needed (or work required) in operating the machine. The efficiency of any machine is always less than one due to forces such as friction that use up energy unproductively. See also mechanical advantage.
      2. The ratio of the effective or useful output to the total input in any system.

      Spoken like a true cog. Mechanistic predeterminism in a world of quantum mechanics. The Swiss if nothing else are linear. Ever see a Swiss person dance. Ever see a Swiss person ‘shake their bones’, no probably not. The emotions of the Swiss have long ago been relegated to the closet, never to be resurected by the music of Bossa Nova or Brazilian Jazz. Brazil if nothing else is a fountain of great music, innovative jazz syncopated rhythm. . .the Swiss cannot creat such music. In Paradise the ant is not required to work like the ant in the mountains of the Alps. Like Rolex watches the Swiss are a compilation of precision parts all going around in a circle keeping near perfect time. If nothing else the Swiss are predictable. A dull boring people, masters of efficiency.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]You can see that ideas and efficiency always generate more profits to ALL, not only for a minority !!!!![/quote]

      How true! A great quote.

    • VinnyCarioca

      CH.C
      https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

      Conclusion : still waiting your sources for the US EXTERNAL debts !!!! smiiiiiiiiles

    • CH.C.

      wrong 6 wrong vinnie the bear !!!!!!
      1) Our difference between a billion and a trillion came from when you said ……a billion of “my” (meaning Yours personally) tax !!!!!!! laugh
      2) your “U.S GDP is 13.8 TRILLION dollars. U.S. External debts are 12.5 TRILLION dollars” What is YOUR sources ? Let me keep my joker…so far ! Smiles !

      3) “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So right ! We export and import as much as the giant not so much landlocked…BRAZIL !!!!!! Laugh…laugh !!!! We should do something right that you dont !
      4) again “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So true ! and we won TWICE the America Cup !!!! Yeahhhhh…smiles. Ohhh but in my lake there is also a sailing race……with one of the largest boats fleet…on earth !!!!
      5) once more “your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” So right and so true ! So landlocked that we have the best infrastructure, wether it be for public transportation for buses, tramways, rails ! Also the best air infrastrucdture.
      Also 100 % of our roads PAVED and well maintained. LET ME REPEAT : 100 % not 95 % of our roads are PAVED, including in our mountains…wether you believe it or not ! Not over…yet ! ZERO percent of our roads/highways are tolled ! ALL FREE !!!!!!!!!!
      6) Once more again ” your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” Yeahhhhh….a paradise for the ultra wealthy.
      We have changed our WORTH ZERO rocky mountains into…GOLD !!!!!!! Certainly a better development than your sugarcane, grains or mining areas ! And definetely….LESS POLLUTING !!!!!

      You can see that ideas and efficiency always generate more profits to ALL, not only for a minority !!!!!
      You see in my city Geneva, with a 450^000 population, we have around 200 headquarters for International Agencies and NGO’s.
      We also provide 50^000 jobs….to our French neighbours.
      We also have the headquarters of the European Center for Nuclear Research, meaning thousands of the world best scientists are working here !
      Geneva believe it or not has the world largest INTERNATIONAL cars show despite the country produce ZERO car ! smiles
      In our summer time, thousands of the most wealthy arabs, including kings, princes, sheikhs and their families are PILLAGING
      our expensives shops ! smiles ! Ohhhh but they also LOVE our mountains and love to ski ! Thus they tend to come here TWICE a year and year after year !
      Everyone love Switzerland. those with money but also those illegals without money. After all…..we pay our maids US$ 22.- / 30.-
      per hour !!!!!!! True ! Illegals here are entitled to FREE healthcare ! also TRUE !!!!!
      Switzerland “my little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people” has more foreign tourism revenue than your 7000 kms of beaches….by the way mostly dirty !

      If you wish I can continue the list for a long while !

      Ohhhh since one of our actual disagreement come from education against non education, in your view, what is the school ranked WORLD FIRST for the MBA ????????? Welllll….just published this week : IMD in Lausanne…. Switzerland !
      Sorry….sorry…..this was neither my personal ranking estimate nor my government decision. Ranking made by the Economist !!!!! Smiles

      Last but not least, I keep smiling when you wrote you may at times make a MINOR mistake !
      a) glad you finally admit it, especially knowing you went to good private schools…with you having a silvespoon in your mouth.
      b) funny that you consider the difference between a billion and a trillion as…MINOR mistake ! to my knowledge the difference is a multiplicator of 1000 ! Not a small error by any standard….in my humble view ! Because then I may also say what is the difference between 12 BILLION AND 12 TRILLION For the U.S. External Debts ! Minor error too ! Right or not ????? smiles

      Conclusion : still waiting your sources for the US EXTERNAL debts !!!! smiiiiiiiiles !

    • Ric

      …people to whom you FEEL intellectually superior to.
      Well put.

      You certainly have a way with words, and we are impressed that you attended Private School.

      Nice touch calling the Swiss, a “pompous shrill.

      Keep up the good work.

    • VinnyCarioca

      Correction
      As of March 2008, U.S. external debt is 13.7 TRILLION dollars.

    • VinnyCarioca

      CH.C
      [quote]1) strange you did not come back on the billion you were talking about or the trillion I was referring to ! Please tell us more….if you know effectively more !!!!!!! smiles[/quote]
      If you would attempt to free yourself from that prison your languishing in called your perspective, you could go back to the article you are referring to. It’s called EVEN MORE POPULAR THAN EVER, BRAZIL’S LULA GRANTS GOD CITIZENSHIP and it would be clear to a reasonable person that I meant to write trillion as opposed to billion. Read the post directly after the one you are referring to- it is titled LOOKS LIKE GOD NEEDS MY TAX DOLLARS ALSO. I would invite everyone on this forum to go back and read them and try to explain to me why our favorite dubbel gets so excited over something that is essentially a typo. Do you seriously believe that I don’t know how much my government is proposing to pay for the global financial system bailout?

      [quote]If you are an american……look first at the real numbers in your country….and then…….make sure you can figure out basic maths such as…PERCENTAGE !!!!
      A simple us$ 5.- Chinese solar calculator could do that ![/quote]
      U.S GDP is 13.8 TRILLION dollars. U.S. External debts are 12.5 TRILLION dollars. Your right CH.C, it only comes out to about 93% of GDP. I’ll take your advice and discard the Swiss calculator I initially used in favor of the $5 Chinese solar one. In case you are interested, GDP of Japan is 4.29 TRILLION dollars. Japanese external debt is 1.49 TRILLION dollars. According to my new calculator, that comes out to about 35% of GDP.

      [quote]I WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Why go to a private school ? Here only the idiots with wealthy parents go to private schools [/quote]
      Well CH.C, here in the global bailout capital of the world, the public education system is not very good. I guess that can’t be said of your little landlocked alpine paradise of 8 MILLION people. Congratulations. The travesty of it all is that even if Americans seek a quality education in private schools, we are still forced to pay into the public education system on top of that.

      [quote]My father was a blue collar worker…if you dont mind ![/quote]
      I certainly don’t (by the way, YOU forgot the apostrophe) mind and I have no problem taking back my self characterized pretentious remark. My dad wasn’t rich either but he put his family first and made sure we received a quality education.

      [quote]And to my knowledge, it could not have been your father in law, who put a silver spoon in your mouth….while you were young….since you did not him yet….by definition !!!!![/quote]
      This statement is so incoherent, I’m not going to address it.

      [quote]So let make it short :
      YOU WENT TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS but are mixing up billion with trillion ? Right ? Never pronounce the name of your shameful private school…..generating idiots like you.
      YOU pretend the USA external debts is above its GDP ! Right ? Please come back with the USA external debts and its GDP…if you can do that !!!!!!!!!!!!! And please come back also with its PERCENTAGE !!!!!!!!

      I really wonder who is the most pretentious of you or me, re-reading what you wrote !!!!![/quote]
      So let me make it concise:
      I have no problem admitting that I will misspeak from time to time and I’ve never been accused of not making a minor mistake or two. Even a pompous shrill like yourself can admit that my posts, albeit not perfect, are honest commentaries that convey a clear understanding of the subjects we are debating.
      Now I have a question for you. What is your connection to Brazil? It seems that for the most part, you and I frequently agree (in principle) with with each other.What I do not respect about you is your angry and abject characterizations of good people to whom you FEEL intellectually superior to.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]Sem Sorte[/quote]

      [quote]Your taunts are always appreciated Joao.[/quote]

      Thank you Sample Tim. However it was not a taunt,but a mere reminder to our [i]Guru[/i] that there were some pending questions to be answered!

      As expected, he obliged [i]all[/i] of us by coming out with full clarifications. 😀 😉

    • CH.C.

      To Vinnycarioca & el al
      1) strange you did not come back on the billion you were talking about or the trillion I was referring to ! Please tell us more….if you know effectively more !!!!!!! smiles
      2) your “I’m well aware of the public debt to GDP ratio in various countries, and, the over 100% external debt to GDP ratio in the USA!!!!!

      Whoaaaaaaaaa……..please tell us what is the external debts of the USA and its GDP !!!!!! Are you so sure it is over 100 % ???????
      If you are an american……look first at the real numbers in your country….and then…….make sure you can figure out basic maths such as…PERCENTAGE !!!!
      A simple us$ 5.- Chinese solar calculator could do that !

      Furthermore let me laugh…about the silverspoon you are giving to my history ! Fact is that YOU went to Private Schools AS YOU SAID…NOT ME !
      I WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Why go to a private school ? Here only the idiots with wealthy parents go to private schools !
      My father was a blue collar worker…if you dont mind !
      And to my knowledge, it could not have been your father in law, who put a silver spoon in your mouth….while you were young….since you did not him yet….by definition !!!!!

      So let make it short :
      YOU WENT TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS but are mixing up billion with trillion ? Right ? Never pronounce the name of your shameful private school…..generating idiots like you.
      YOU pretend the USA external debts is above its GDP ! Right ? Please come back with the USA external debts and its GDP…if you can do that !!!!!!!!!!!!! And please come back also with its PERCENTAGE !!!!!!!!

      I really wonder who is the most pretentious of you or me, re-reading what you wrote !!!!!

      Waiting….impatiently !!!!!

    • Sampletim

      Sem Sorte
      Your taunts are always appreciated Joao. Tis a wonder that our distinguished statistician responds not to barbs, insults, etc., even when made by one so verbaciously poignant as the tuskadeira. 😛

    • João da Silva

      Ch.C
      Ch.C, my dear fellow, I think that Vinny our Comrade-in-Arms deserves a response from you.DonÀ‚´t you think so? All the bloggers know that you are very stubborn and highly opinionated, but we are expecting your justification for not responding to him. 😀 😉 😉

    • VinnyCarioca

      CH.C- let me correct the typo before you throw a tantrum over it
      [quote]Sounds like the constant pablum that you spew is quilt[/quote]

      Sounds like the constant pablum you spew is guilt……

    • VinnyCarioca

      Ch.C -Just discovered more of your excrement
      [quote]To all Brazilian junkiesm including vinnycarioca !
      written by CH.C., September 23, 2008
      Brainwashed people and idiots can just repeat what they have read….and nothing else !
      And ignorants cant make their own analysis or own research for comparative purposes.

      Facts
      Total PUBLIC debts as per GDP
      Japan 196 %

      A much much much higher percentage than…the USA !!!!!

      Is Japan weak or bad…these days ?
      Is the Japanese currency weak ?

      Hmmmmm !!!!!!!

      Only ignorants with not even a feijado in their brains are sure of what they pretend [/quote]

      For someone whom proclaims to be erudite, your really stinking up the place.
      The gist of what I wrote had to do with the socialistic band aid that is being forced down the throats of we, the American taxpayer. The reason being fed to us by the crooks who got us there in the first place was to SAVE the GLOBAL financial system….including Japan’s. Is Japan weak or bad these days? Have you taken a look at the chart of the Nikkei? After their lost decade, they deserve a break.
      I’m well aware of the public debt to GDP ratio in various countries, and, the over 100% external debt to GDP ratio in the U.S. (as opposed to 30% in Japan) which doesn’t make me happy either. High savings rate in Japan, negative rate here in the U.S.
      And by the way, what’s this fixation with junkieism? Sounds like the constant pablum that you spew is quilt for all those years your probably spent in Needle Park in the 90’s.
      Anyway, thank you for the semantically inspired gymnastics and all the best to you and your hubris.

    • João da Silva

      Posting an interesting link and inviting comments from our fellow bloggers :

      [url]http://www.estadao.com.br/economia/not_eco248741,0.htm[/url]

    • VinnyCarioca

      CH.C- I just noticed this cheap shot today
      [quote]strange that you are an american with a name such as Vinnycarioca !
      Better yet, I wonder if you are not a Brazilian.
      Why ?
      Only a Brazilian with average education (meaning a SP University degree…. found in a detergent pack) is mixing
      billion and trillion.
      Yes dear junkiecarioca you wrote “spend 1 Billion of my debased tax dollars (if passed by congress)” instead of 1 trillion ! [/quote]

      I can not say that I am completely surprised that a self validating, pseudo pedantic tubel ( like yourself ) would make such ridiculous remarks. If you would have read the post directly after the one you referred to, you would realize how myopic you really are.
      Just to satisfy your warped curiosity, I grew up in New York and was educated in private schools. I currently live in California and my beautiful wife is Brazilian. My friends and in-laws in Rio de Janeiro call me Carioca because of my love for the people and gorgeous country of Brazil. I’ve been there countless times and plan to live there in the near future.
      I must admit, I do get a kick out of your nonsensical imperious attitude. My father-in-law grew up dirt poor and managed to become one of the most prominent orthodontists in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I admire a person like that so much more than someone who grew up with a silver spoon up his you know what ( as presumptuous as that sounds, I bet I’m right about you ).
      Brazil does have many problems and probably will for a quite a while. My point is that your vapid comments say more about you than it would about anyone or anyplace else.

    • aes

      First changing the constitution to allow synchronization with other elections , ostensibly and intimidation of the press to protect whom from what? Sounds like a perscription for perpetual impunity.

    • Ric

      WeÀ‚´ll Take It
      Better than nothing. About time in this country that SOMEONE gets thrown into jail.

    • CH.C.

      Brazil’s executive branch that would amend the rules regulating wiretaps and make it an offense punishable with imprisonment for journalists and news media executives to divulge information obtained f
      And you can be sure the judge being totally corrupted…will not allow the publication of the wiretraps !!!!!

      Simple !

      This is how illegal activities from your corrupted to the roots politicians…will stay alive and continue to grow !

      Silence is key !

      But dont worry, even if the law doesnt pass, IMPUNITY will prevail anyway !

      Just look at your vote buying scandal. Those guilty were pardoned in a secret vote, by those as guilty as the ones they pardoned !

      Same for 99 % of your corruptions scandals, such as the ambulances scam, Dirceu, Palocci, Maluf, ACM.

      Either no judgment, or judgment pending for years and years, or pardoned and in a WORST CASE……..INNOCENTS ANYWAY !

      SO IT IS……IN BRAZIL !

      And then guess what : Lula criticizes of course…THE DEVELOPED NATIONS !!!!!!!

      😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

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