Big Brother IS Watching Us!

15 Feb, '07


You would think that the Central Informatics Organisation would have enough on its plate to rectify its image for its involvement in the Bandargate fiasco, especially now that he who should not be named has been relieved of his duties at that organisation.

But it seems that old habits do die very very hard.

Fellow blogger Mohammed Al-Maskati discovered that apart from the CIO’s basic functions of producing various identity cards, presumably creating statistics for the executive and other branches of government could use in their decision making and other worthy functions of the like, they appear to have taken the mantle of intelligence too and are rooting through our blogs for that word that the government wants us to completely forget: Bandargate.

Is it time to call a spade a spade? Let’s change the explanation of the nomenclature from Central Informatics Organisation… to: Central Intelligence Organisation!

I love that movie Beetlejuice, you might have watched it too. I wonder if we shout BANDARGATE BANDARGATE BANDARGATE three times loud enough it too would send shivers down someone’s spine and make our own version of Michael Keaton appear to wreak havoc in the area?

My advice to the CIO and government in general, please get back to your jobs of improving Bahrain and Bahrainies’ economic, educational, health and quality of life rather than waste your time looking for “enemies” within your own people. They just do not exist! We’re all patriots and we’re all loyal to the crown.

Get with the program already.

Errata: I might have been wrong in jumping to a conclusion, thanks to Incognito for another valid explanation.

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  1. Z says:



    The truth is we are living in a country that the people are more concerned about everything than the government itself.

  2. Incognito says:

    I’ve commented on Mohammed Al Maskati’s page and I will comment here to.

    Its easy to blame and mistake CIO for this. But surely you know that the Internet gateway to ALL ministries is at CIO . It could be anyone from Ministry of Justice to MOF to Municipality even Labour that could be accessing the website.

    Don’t be too paranoid, there ARE people (like me in CIO) who read to get BOTH sides of the story.

  3. mahmood says:

    That is very true.

    I apologise for missing this point, and you’re right, I (we?) should be less paranoid. But I think you will forgive us for being so in view of the various adverse situations we have gone through over the last few months especially.

  4. Eagle says:

    Yep, I can confirm what Incognito said. I work at a ministry and all my web traffic goes through proxy servers in the CIO. My own website statistics confirm this. Also I’m probably responsible for half the hits you get from CIO 😀 . That’s why I never check my email at work. Maybe my official email but certainly not my personal one.

    If you go to a blocked website inside a government agency you get a (Blocked by Access List, contact CIO at 17xxxxxx) and the connection is slow as hell. (it’s like every ministry shares a 1Mbps line)

  5. amal says:

    Ninteen Eighty Four, becoming real by the tick of the clock..
    I spotted Batelco’s fiber-something vans the other day and for the first moment, I was convinced they were roaming around spying on people.. Could it be true..?! :devil:

  6. It’s the New World Order laying down control grids. Here’s what’s going on in the good ol’ US of A.

  7. Mahmood: I am frequently getting the following message when i try to access Mahmood’s Den:

    Error establishing a database connection
    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.
    • Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    • Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    • Are you sure that the database server is running?
    If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

  8. mahmood says:

    the price of fame, and I can’t afford to upgrade the server yet again. try again later if you get that message.

  9. Will says:

    Well, if they are watching they should know that Mahmood’s Den has done more to improve my understanding of Bahrain, the Middle East and Islam than any other resource. Let them watch.

    On a side note, I am working on a program to automatically change the names of the guilty to protect the innocent while converting all blog entries into parable form. ie Once upon a time there was a very proud toad who sat upon his lily pad for all to see. His name was Fred. Now Fred thought that he didnt have any warts but in fact…

  10. Incognito says:

    Eagle, I can confirm that CIO has bigger pipes than 1 mb :biggrin: .But I do acknowledge that the Internet there CAN get reaaallllyyy slow sometimes. Try surfing 12.00am at night 😉

    Yes Mahmood, in light of the things that have happened, I do understand where you’re coming from. I just like to have all possibilties on the table before jumping to conclusions.

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