1. New slides published June 29
2. Growing Alarm
3. Attacks from America
4. Dutch parliamentarians frightened by Americian
It still is the case
that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway. Yesterday there was some more details about the crisis and a
link to some pictures from the construction of the Statue of Liberty,
from ca. 1885.
Today there is more about the crisis and Snowden's revelations: There
are new slides published in the Washington Post; the Germans react more
or less adequately, as shown by Der Spiegel; and even Dutch
parliamentarians - albeit from the opposition - asked questions.
Since I have a lot to do, and sleep only a little, I give this mostly
without comments, to save time.
New slides published June 29
First, there are more slides publised, this time by the Washington Post:
Basically, and at the moment,
these are just the slides with minimal comment. In the article one is
referred to the following, that is in four pages and starts here, by
Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras:
This started out earlier, and
may not be updated yet, but is a fine
article, that starts thus:
Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central
servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and
video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that
enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret
document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named
PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its
kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and
it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data
traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or
Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of
valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to
the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S.
Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL,
Skype, YouTube, Apple.”
For more, use the
2. Growing Alarm
Next, so far, to my knowledge,
only the German ministers and parliamentarians have shown something
like an adequate reply - which is not so strange, since they had both
Hitler's Gestapo and the GDR's Stasi on their soil, and the potential
powers of the data the NSA are gathering as if this were a matter of
course far exceed what these totalitarian agencies knew:
Here is a quote from it:
For more, use the link.
According to the content
of documents viewed by SPIEGEL, spying by the
American National Security Agency (NSA) has been far more widespread
than previously believed. Secret NSA documents show that authorities
systematically monitored and saved a large share of Internet and
telephone connection data. Internal NSA statistics show that around 500
million communications connections in Germany are monitored monthly by
the agency. The NSA also classifies Germany as a "target" for spying.
In addition, SPIEGEL
reported this weekend that the NSA has bugged
European Union diplomatic offices in the United States for
eavesdropping purposes and that it has infiltrated EU computer
networks. The revelations come from material about the NSA's Prism and
Britain's Tempora programs compiled by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Here is some more on the
German Prosectutor's Office
And here is a quote from it:
Prosecutors' Office confirmed to SPIEGEL
that it is looking into whether systematic data spying against the
country conducted by America's National Security Agency violated laws
aimed at protecting German citizens.
A spokeswoman at the
Federal Prosecutors' Office, which is
for domestic security issues, told SPIEGEL that all available and
relevant information about the Prism, Tempora and Boundless Informant
spying programs is currently being reviewed by the agency. The
spokeswoman said the office was seeking to form a reliable
understanding of the facts. However, the agency has not indicated when
or if it will launch a formal investigation.
spokeswoman said that "criminal
to the scandal appear "likely". One criminal complaint has already been
filed in Germany.
For more, use the
Dutch parliamentarians frightened by Americian spying
Parliamentarians are less adequate than the Germans:
That is: "Parliament is
frightend by American espionage". Here is a quote from it, in Dutch,
that only includes sayings by various members of varying parties of the
And for more, use the
link (and no, I did not translate the above).
'Het is de wereld op z'n
kop dat er op fenomenaal grote
schaal wordt afgeluisterd, zelfs tussen bevriende landen', aldus
Liesbeth van Tongeren. Zij wil van Plasterk weten of Nederland hiervan
op de hoogte is en of de commissie-stiekem is ge´nformeerd. Die
Kamercommissie krijgt zeer geheime informatie te horen.
Schouw spreekt van een rokend vuur,
opheldering over moet geven. 'Als het vermoeden waar is dat de
Amerikanen Europese instituties afluisteren, dan is dat zeer ernstig.'
Madeleine van Toorenburg
van het CDA wil weten welke rol
speelt. 'Wisselen wij ook gegevens uit? Wordt er in Nederland
gespioneerd? En hoe zit het met Nederlandse diplomaten? Daarover wil ik
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: