Tags: Der Spiegel

Bulgarian-German Novelist and Privacy Activist Denied Entry into the USA

It just keeps getting creepier and creepier. So far, I can’t find many english language articles on this disturbing event, but The Guardian has posted some key information on their website. It informs us that:

A Bulgarian-German novelist and privacy activist was on Monday refused entry to the US, writes the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent Philip Oltermann.

Ilija Trojanow, who had been on his way to a literary conference in Denver, was told at Salvador da Bahia airport, Brazil, that US authorities wouldn’t allow him into the country. He was told his case was “special”, but was given no further explanation for his rejection.

Trojanow was one of the initiators of an open protest letter against NSA surveillance which was signed by 67,407 members of the public and handed over to the German chancellor last month.

We need to change the poetic words on the base of the Statue of Liberty from:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

to

Give me your thieving, your most wretched,
Your parasitic oligarch cronies, longing to steal unmolested
The lowest of the banksters the world can offer
Send them, the sociopaths, looking for ripe pastures of dumbed down slaves
I lift my printing press to thee crony souls!

In Liberty,
Mike

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German Backlash to NSA Spying Begins: “National Security is at Stake”

You’d think that in a country in which a great deal of the population is young enough to remember the East German secret police colloquially known as the Stasi, there would be considerable backlash to the Anglo-American global spy grid. Well it appears that there is.  I want to highlight a scathing critique published a couple of days ago in Der Spiegel, one of the most popular weekly magazines in Europe, with a circulation of more than one million.  In it, Jakob Augstein wrote an article titled: Anglo-Saxon Spies: German National Security Is at Stake.  Here are my favorite excerpts:

American and British intelligence agencies are monitoring all communication data. And what does our chancellor do? She says: “The Internet is uncharted territory for us all.”

That’s not enough. In the coming weeks, the German government needs to show that it is bound to its citizens and not to an intelligence-industrial complex that abuses our entire lives as some kind of data mine. Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger hit the right note when she said she was shocked by this “Hollywood-style nightmare.”

It may be up to the Americans and the British to decide how they handle questions of freedom and the protection of their citizens from government intrusion. But they have no right to subject the citizens of other countries to their control. The shoulder-shrugging explanation by Washington and London that they have operated within the law is absurd. They are not our laws. We didn’t make them. We shouldn’t be subject to them.

The totalitarianism of the security mindset protects itself with a sentence: If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. But firstly, that contains a presumption: We have not asked the NSA and GCHQ to “protect” us. And secondly, the sentence is a stupid one: Because we all have something to hide, whether it pertains to our private lives or to our business secrets.

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Meet Brandon Bryant: The Drone Operator Who Quit After Killing a Child

Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

- From The Woes of an American Drone Operator published in Der Spiegel

The above article is a must read for every American citizen, particularly those that get up in arms about domestic gun control, but never think twice about the horror caused by our foreign policy, which regularly murders innocent children overseas.  This story was also covered by the UK’s Daily Mail and they write:

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