The revolting caterwauling coming from Germany over the NSA’s monitoring of Merkel’s cell phone should be weighed against the background of the following story. Note that, according to the venerable Der Spiegel, the BND has been doing exactly what NSA has been doing and doing it to the U.S. as well as other countries.
” . . . Der Spiegel, another respected Germany weekly, however, reported a similar story over the weekend, writing that the German counterpart to the CIA, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), was spying on officials in the United States, Britain, France, Switzerland, Greece, and other European countries.
According to Der Spiegel, the list extended to NGOs, including the Red Cross and the International Criminal Court. The information was obtained “from sources.” . . .“
“They’re shocked, shocked!”
We, however aren’t.
If YOU are “shocked, shocked,” consider this: If you are using T-mobile, or it subsidiary company Metro PCS, you are communicating on technology owned by the German government, which owns a controlling interest in Deutsche Telekom, parent of the phone firms. Undoubtedly, the BND is monitoring your communications, and you should understand that foreigners have NO PRIVACY RIGHTS WHATSOEVER under German law.
Oh, yes, lest we forget, the BND is, of course, the successor to the Reinhard Gehlen Nazi spy outfit, and their are disturbing indications that the agency has retained much of its Nazi character. (See the second article below.)
“Is Germany Spying on the FBI?” by Maddy Crowell; The Christian Science Monitor; 11/11/2015.