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      Iran Accuses Google of Being a Spy Engine

      Mahmoud-net: Google’s search engine is a spying tool, charges Iran. Its solution: a national Internet – controlled, of course.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 1/10/2012, 2:01 PM

      The Google Internet search engine actually is a camouflaged spying tool, charges Iran’s police chief, but the Islamic Republic's regime has a solution: a national Internet, under its control.

      Police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam told the Iranian labor website, "By launching own national internet, we are not cutting our cyber relations abroad and with international Internet service.”

      He said that a government-controlled Internet would protect information security against enemies. Establishing a 'halal' Internet based on Islamic law will allow the Ahmadinejad regime to make sure unwanted material does not appear on social network services, which were instrumental in the protests against the allegedly rigged reelection of Ahmadinejad more than two years ago.

      The official Iranian news agency IRNA announced on Sunday that the country's own Internet network will solve problems with costs, security and bandwidth. The new network is to become operational in a few weeks and will not need international bandwidth for domestic connection.

      Domestic communications will be routed through the "national information network," and the international bandwidth will be freed for international communications, said Information Minister Reza Taghipour.

      The network will give government institutions and large companies access to the while limiting ordinary Iranians' use to the 'halal' network “to protect Iranians from the harmful content on the World Wide Web.”

      Iran’s government-controlled news agencies claimed that Iranians are frustrated by slow Internet service and lack of access to Facebook and Twitter, which previously has been disconnected at will by the regime.