The thing is, I always switch off every electronic device I got before flying to Beirut. Even though I use a VPN app, an onion router, mail encryption and various spyware trackers, you're never safe enough … Best way not to pop up anywhere is to stay "low tech", which means basically no tech at all. Some might call this exaggerated, maybe bordering on the paranoid, but in a country where everybody has the means to track everybody else (and does so), it is possibly better to leave no electronic footprint at all. Not that I'm worried for my safety, but in today's Lebanon you better not give anything away, unless you absolutely have to.
If you really need a phone, use an old 1990s Romanian made plastic cellular. They still work pretty well, despite not being exactly state of the art technology, and you can take out the battery quite easily, unlike your regular iPhone, which takes a NASA engineer about half an hour to get that thing out of its casing. But that is just my take on it. I'm probably going way over the top with this …
In the days to come, I'll try and reply to the comments that were posted under my piece "A 'DEAD MAN' WALKING" (provided the comment requires an answer of course). Given the amount of interest Lebanon seems to have captured, I will also try and draft a couple of short stories about the way things have developed in the country since the mid-2000s (lots to say, so I'll try to keep it short and simple). There's also the current situation, with neighbouring Syria, that is very worrying and casts a dark shadow over Lebanon's future. These issues too will be addressed, at least partly, and in a way that won't duplicate what you may find in the MSM.
For now, I would like to say thank you for the pleasant replies I received. I will give more feedback in the comments section.