The Associated Press reports the CIA has decided to restrict “spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States.” The revelations on top secret NSA surveillance from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have also played a role in the CIA’s decision.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 19, 2014 4:59 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm|
Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am|
The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.
Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.
|By: Peterr Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am|
In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:52 am|
In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday July 13, 2014 6:54 am|
As hooligans in Jerusalem shout anti-Arab slogans and threaten individual Arabs, giving rise to the word ‘Zio-fascists’, Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.
|By: DSWright Friday July 11, 2014 6:50 am|
The German government appears to have reached the breaking point over US espionage in the country and has now ejected the CIA Station Chief in Berlin – a move generally not done by friendly nations and represents a considerable deterioration of US-German relations.
|By: David Swanson Thursday July 10, 2014 5:10 pm|
If Germany hasn’t had enough, we in the United States sure have.
Despite the supposed ending of World War II, the U.S. still keeps over 40,000 armed soldiers permanently in Germany.
Despite the ending of the Cold War, the U.S. still spies on the German government with relentless malevolence and incompetence, building on the fine tradition in which the CIA was created.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 3, 2014 1:55 pm|
National Security Agency whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake testified before a German parliamentary committee as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany.
According to Deutsche Welle, Binney argued that the NSA had abandoned nearly all rule of law principles. It now has a “totalitarian mentality” and wants “total information control.”
He called NSA the “greatest threat” to America since the Civil War.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 26, 2014 7:45 am|
National Security Agency whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney will testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3. They both will give testimony as part of an inquiry into details of NSA surveillance in Germany, which have been revealed through news stories based upon documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.