Featured National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang sdays there is no agreement for cyber security with Israel or Isreali companies.
KINGSTON, October 30, 2019 - National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang has denied an assertion by Opposition spokesman on national security Fitz Jackson, that there is any security agreement in place with Israel.
Speaking to a question raised by Fitz Jackson in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Chang insisted that there was no secret agreements or contracts for intelligence gathering systems outside of North America.
Dr. Horace Chang announced that Government now has a new agreement with the United States for intelligence sharing, which replaces a memorandum of understanding signed in 2004 when Dr. Peter Phillips was National Security Minister.
Dr. Chang told the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon that the Supreme Court ruled last year that the MOU was unlawful.
He said after months of negotiations a new agreement was signed last Wednesday with the Americans, and similar agreement with Canada and the United Kingdom are is being finalised.
The Opposition Spokesman welcomed the signing of the new agreement, pointing out that since it is said much of the guns and criminal network exist in other jurisdictions, "it is imperative that we have an arrangement in place that allow (sic) for collaboration between the major partners which will assist us in dealing with criminals and their criminal activities in Jamaica."
Mr. Jackson however, had further questions regarding the name of the companies which supply hardware for intelligence gathering in entities under the National Security Ministry, such as the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force. In addition, he questioned whether those companies were state owned entities in Israel.
But Dr. Chang was adamant that the ministry had no major agreements with companies outside North America. He admitted that the country does need intelligence gathering technology, but said at this point, this was not on the agenda.
Earlier this year, Peter Bunting, Member of Parliament for Manchester Central, warned Jamaicans to be vigilant to what he said could be a plan by Government to invade people's privacy, using high-end Israeli spy technology.
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