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Hacker Group Accuses Merkel Government of Helping to Spy
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:23:31 AM »


Hacker Group Accuses Merkel Government of Helping to Spy

MUNICH — The Chaos Computer Club, a leading hacker organization based in Germany, filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her government on Monday, accusing them of violating the law by helping intelligence agencies in the United States and Britain to spy on German citizens.

The move comes days after Secretary of State John Kerry visited Berlin to try to smooth over relations that have been strained by revelations of the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities in Germany. While filing the complaint with the Federal Prosecutor General is only a first step in the cumbersome German legal process and does not guarantee that an investigation will be opened, it demonstrates unwillingness by some here to drop the issue.

Along with the International League for Human Rights, based in New York, the 32-year-old hacker group said in the complaint that Ms. Merkel’s government and German intelligence agencies violated the personal privacy of German citizens through “illegal and prohibited covert intelligence activities, along with aiding and abetting such activities” by tolerating and cooperating with the N.S.A. and the British eavesdropping agency, known as GCHQ.
“Every German citizen has been affected by the massive surveillance of his or her communication data,” Julius Mittenzwei, a lawyer and member of the hacker group, said in a statement issued by the Chaos Computer Club. “Our laws protect us and threaten anyone responsible for such surveillance with punishment. Consequently, an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor General is necessary and mandatory by law.”

Ms. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that every German citizen had the right to file such a complaint, but declined to comment further.

Germany’s debate of the N.S.A. has focused heavily on the extent to which the agency might have broken the law by carrying out surveillance in Germany. Information from documents released by Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former contractor for the agency, indicating that the chancellor’s cellphone had been monitored and that surveillance was being conducted from the United States Embassy in the heart of the city, helped fuel the debate.
But in an interview with Hubert Seipel, a reporter for the German public television station NDR, Mr. Snowden described the relationship between Germany’s foreign intelligence service, known by the initials BND, and the N.S.A. as “intimate.”

“They not only share information, the reporting of results from intelligence, but they actually share the tools and the infrastructure,” Mr. Snowden said. But he declined to say whether the German service was giving data to the N.S.A.

The Germans have sought unsuccessfully to draw up a “no-spying” agreement with Washington. During a visit to Berlin on Friday, Mr. Kerry did not mention the surveillance issue, focusing instead on the importance of the relationship between the two countries.

“We want this to be a year of renewal of the strength of that relationship,” Mr. Kerry said.

 A version of this brief appears in print on February 4, 2014, on page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: Germany: Hacker Group Says Officials Aided Allies’ Spying
GOD FORBID THE LIGHTS GO OUT and a zillion brains have to be retrained to function in manual reality.

Does anyone else get the idea that the tweets on the WL account are starting to sound a little like someone is bathing in a bird bath, eating bird food & possibly smoking bird * in his own sphere??

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Re: Hacker Group Accuses Merkel Government of Helping to Spy
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 06:46:11 AM »
It is good to see citizens using the existing legal system to combat illegal, intrusive surveillance by those who aspire to authority over the rest of us, the legal instruments are there already to be utilised. 

Some who seek positions of authority, and I stress not all, seek it in order to control us and exploit the trust we place in democratic institutions, which came about in challenge to authoritarian control.  These people truly think that they are above the law and if we are to be free they must be held to account, by the law.

As an example of the mind set that can afflict people sometimes when they get a taste of authority, when I was posted as a soldier to the Australian SAS Regiment my direct supervisor, Corporal Michael Fennell, of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, now working here: stated to me that "the laws are only for the slaves".  People of this mind set believe themselves to be above the law, the law exists only to control those whom they desire to exploit, "the slaves".  RASIGS has, as Colonel-in-Chief, Princess Anne of the British Royal Family heading it up.  I guess I was her "slave" then at the end of the day, Corporal Fennell was acting under her authority when he told me that I was his "slave".  RASIGS: 

If we are to be free, we need to demonstrate that the law applies to everybody and that none of us are "slaves".

Is anybody really above the law?  I feel this is the conversation we need to have if we are to navigate our way through this mess.