Good evening ATS!
I have a question for you, regarding a recent rumour in Germany about the NSA/BND cooperation.
As you might know, the NSA-spying-scandal made some big headlines and waves in our media.
You might also know that we Germans tend to react a little allergic to domestic spying, because of our grim history with the Nazi Gestapo and the SED
Stasi (pretty much the predecessor organizations of what the U.S. alphabet-thugs turn out to be).
What you probably don't know, is that we are in an election year, so everything presented / or NOT presented by our media right now is to be taken
with caution for us.
This being said...
There is apparently a rumour going around that the NSA and BND were working in close cooperation, much closer than we knew.
According to said rumour, the BND has created their own little Gestapo-programs.
Programs allegedly so efficient, that even the NSA was interested in them.
If true, this could have very serious consequences here!
Since we're in an election year, and since our media is compliant with our Government for the most part (not as much as in the U.S., IMHO, but
still...) there isn't much clarification about this to be expected from them.
The only thing I could find to cite anything about this from our media is this article by Der Spiegel Online:
Mass Data: Transfers from
Germany Aid US Surveillance
[...]US agents also showed an interest in two BND programs, which, according to American experts, were to some extent even more effective than
their own solutions.
So now I'm asking you, ATS... does anyone on here by any chance know anything more about this?
Any contribution would be much appreciated.