… odder Day by Day

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In Germany, the scandal surrounding NSA spying is getting odder day by day. A new Defense Ministry memo suggests a claim made by a mass-circulation newspaper that Germany’s army knew about Prism in 2011 is, in fact, true.

The scandal in Germany surrounding spying activities by the United States’ National Security Agency took a surprising twist on Thursday. A report by a German mass-circulation daily that described the use of a program called Prism in NATO-occupied Afghanistan has led to the German Defense Ministry contradicting the foreign intelligence agency BND.Prism

It started on Wednesday when the broadsheet Bild reported that the American intelligence service NSA had deployed the controversial data-collection tool Prism in Afghanistan and that Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, knew of the program by the autumn of 2011 at the latest.German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, speaking on behalf of the BND, was quick to deny the Bild report. He said on Wednesday that the software which had been used in Afghanistan was part of “a NATO/ISAF program and was not the same as the NSA’s Prism program.” Seibert said the programs were “not identical.” According to Seibert’s account, there are two different Prism programs — the much discussed NSA Prism program, which has been used in recent years to intensively monitor German communications, as well as an ISAF program for Afghanistan.
prism1But the Defense Ministry is now contradicting that characterization. In a two-page memo obtained by several German media outlets, Rüdiger Wolf, a high-ranking ministry official, states that the Prism program used in Afghanistan is a “computer-aided US planning and information analysis tool” used for the coordination of “American intelligence systems,” that is “operated exclusively by US personnel” and is “used Afghanistan-wide by the US side.”

Again: so many lies and excuses…

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2 thoughts on “… odder Day by Day

  1. Prism, the Defense Authorization Act, and the Patriot Act which has enabled these infringements on our freedom and privacy are I believe a part of a clandestine process by which all the world’s governments are surrendering their sovereignty to powerful multi-national corporations, enabling the cadre of super-rich (who have become nationless) to control the rest of us at every level of our lives.

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  2. I quite agree. “Globalization” began right after the Vietnam War. That is, big money started to be invested in non-American produced goods and services, and the labor force was overseas. The government reflects that.

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