imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Quelle Surprise: NSA Spies on Europe

by Stephen Lendman Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013 at 1:20 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

police state

Quelle Surprise: NSA Spies on Europe

by Stephen Lendman

NSA spies globally. Enormous amounts of meta-data are collected. It's been ongoing for decades. Post-9/11, it intensified. It's out-of-control today. It's lawless. It's menacing. It persists.

Spying domestically isn't for national security. Nor is monitoring allies. It's about control. It's for economic advantage. It's to be one up on foreign competitors. It's for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

On June 30, London's Guardian headlined "New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies. Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France, Italy. Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics."

One document includes 38 embassies and missions. It calls them "targets." Extraordinary spying methods are used. Bugs are planted in electronic communications gear.

They monitor cable transmissions. They do so with "specialised antennae." Targets include EU nations, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India and Turkey.

China, Russia, Iran, and numerous other countries are spied on intensively. One bugging method is codenamed "Dropmire." According to a 2007 document, it's "implanted on the Cryptofax at the EU embassy, DC."

It refers to "a bug placed in a commercially available encrypted fax machine used at the mission. (It's) used to send cables back to foreign affairs ministries in European capitals."

NSA spying disclosures long pre-date Snowden's revelations. He connected important dots. He provided additional information. He made millions aware globally. Previously they didn't know.

America's allies and enemies do. Perhaps they now know more. Maybe they criticized privately. Likely they were silent. They do the same things.

Germany's Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger wants an explanation. Perhaps she already has one. She didn't say. If confirmed, she said, Washington's behavior reflects Cold War tactics.

"It is beyond imagination that our friends in the US view Europeans as the enemy," she stressed.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius added:

"These acts, if confirmed, would be completely unacceptable. We expect the American authorities to answer the legitimate concerns raised by these press revelations as quickly as possible."

German and French officials are too sophisticated not to know this. Going public perhaps hides prior knowledge. An old maxim says "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Machiavelli's believed to have said it.

In the Godfather trilogy, Michael Coreleone said "Know your enemy and know yourself, and you will always be victorious."

NSA bugs the EU's Brussels-based Justice Lipsius building. It hosts summit and ministerial meetings. Bugging's handled from nearby NATO headquarters. Washington's very much in charge.

Another "covert operation" copies "everything on targeted computer hard drive(s)."

Bugging the EU's UN headquarters mission is codenamed "Perdido." Documents Snowden revealed show a floor plan. Data collection methods include implants (bugs) inside electronic devices.

EU's Washington's location is bugged. Multiple operations target 90 embassy staff members. America has 16 intelligence agencies. They all do these type things. It's no surprise. It's what spy operations do.

NSA spying against France's UN mission is codenamed "Blackfoot." Targeting its Washington embassy is called "Wabash."

NSA codenames Italian Washington embassy operations "Bruneau" and "Hemlock."

An accompanying Guardian article headlined "Key US-EU trade pact under threat after more NSA spying allegations."

If consummated, it's worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Whether or not it suffered a setback isn't known. Rhetoric differs from policy. Expect public outrage to subside.

It's used to demand concessions. Perhaps some will be forthcoming. Germany is Europe's economic powerhouse. It has the most to gain or lose. The stakes for France and other major EU nations are high.

Washington and Brussels begin high-level trade talks next week. US spying revelations overshadow them. An unnamed senior Brussels official said:

"Obviously we will need to see what is the impact on the trade talks."

Another senior official said what's known may hamper EU/US trade relations.

Senior European Commission official Robert Madelin said EU trade negotiators always assumed their communications were monitored. It would be naive not to.

An unnamed EU official added:

"There's a certain schadenfreude here that we're important enough to be spied on. This was bound to come out one day. And I wouldn't be surprised if some of our member states were not doing the same to the Americans."

EU nations spy on each other. Doing so is universal. At issue is what nations are more skilled than others? Which ones do it more intensively? Washington likely tops all others and then some.

Friend and foe nations spy on America. Washington does the same thing in return. Cloak and dagger operations aren't new. They're longstanding.

They existed throughout recorded history. All sorts of ways are used. Today's state-of-the-art technology makes it easier.

Perhaps with tongue in cheek, a European Commission spokesman said:

"We have immediately been in contact with the US authorities in Washington and in Brussels and have confronted them with the press reports."

"They have told us they are checking on the accuracy of the information released yesterday and will come back to us."

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn called reports "disgusting." She wants guarantees Washington will stop. She wants it from top US officials. She knows nothing she says will deter it.

Martin Schulz heads the European parliament. He replicated other EU comments made, saying:

"I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices. If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations."

"On behalf of the European parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations."

Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake wants John Kerry in Brussels to explain. She calls it "essential for the transatlantic alliance."

Snowden's documents revealed that NSA taps half a billion phone calls, emails, and text messages a month in Germany alone.

"We can attack the signals of most foreign third-class partners, and we do it," one passage read.

Every day on average, NSA monitors 20 million German phone connections and 10 million Internet datasets. Some days, up to 60 million phone connections are recorded.

German Green Party MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht wants a "debate on surveillance measures as a whole looking at underlying technical agreements."

"I think what we can do as European politicians now is to protect the rights of citizens and their rights to control their own personal data."

He addressed Washington calling Germany a "third class" partner, adding:

Doing so "is destroying trust, and to rebuild that (America) will need to take real action on legislation."

At the same time, declassified US intelligence reports and European parliament documents show at least six EU nations share personal communications with NSA.

Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Italy have formal agreements to do so. They say EU countries have had "second and third party status" under decades-old signal intelligence (Sigint) agreements.

They're obligated to transmit data. Experts believe it now includes cell phone and Internet communications.

Nations are categorized by level of trust. America's called a "first party." Perhaps now that will change. It's never been trustworthy anytime. Today it goes without saying.

"Second party" countries include Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Germany, France and others are classified "third parties."

Data sharing was agreed under a 1955 UK/US pact. It provides an intelligence-sharing legal framework. It stipulates:

"In accordance with these arrangements, each party will continue to make available to the other, continuously, and without request, all raw traffic, COMINT (communications intelligence) end-product and technical material acquired or produced, and all pertinent information concerning its activities, priorities and facilities."

It includes incorporating similar agreements with "third party" countries. It's if America and Britain agree to do so.

Each "third party" country was codenamed. Denmark's called "Dynamo." Germany's "Richter." NSA used these agreements strategically during the Cold War.

According to former NSA director General Michael Hayden:

"The changes made to FISA in 2008 were far more dramatic - far more far-reaching than anything President Bush authorized me to do."

In other words, NSA far exceeds what's authorized. It's clearer than ever now. Perhaps new information will explain more.

NSA's a rogue power unto itself. It's Big Brother writ large. According to intelligence expert Simon Davies:

"It's clear that the European parliament must intervene at this point through a public inquiry. MEPs should put the interests of their citizens above party politics and create meaningful reforms."

In 2001, a European parliament report explained covert data-sharing, stating:

"Germany and the United Kingdom are called upon to make the authorisation of further communications interception operations by US intelligence services on their territory conditional on their compliance with the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights)."

On June 30, Der Spiegel headlined "Growing Alarm: German Prosecutors to Review Allegations of US Spying," saying:

They're "looking into whether systematic data spying against the country conducted by America's National Security Agency violated laws aimed at protecting German citizens."

A Federal Prosecutors's Office spokeswoman said "criminal complaints" appear "likely." One was filed in Giessen, Germany. It's against an unnamed perpetrator.

According to documents Der Spiegel reviewed, NSA spying is far more pervasive than previously believed. Around 500 million German communications are monitored monthly.

NSA classifies Germany as a "target" for spying.

On June 30, the Financial Times said Brussels ordered facilities comprehensively swept for bugs. It did so following NSA spying revelations. From Brunei, John Kerry downplayed what's going on.

All countries do it, he said. He left NSA's over-the-top lawlessness unaddressed. Spies "R" us defines it. Rule of law principles don't matter.

Washington ones alone apply. Double standard hypocrisy demands do what we say, not what we do. Expect nothing going forward to change.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/quelle-surprise-nsa-spies-on-europe/

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy