July 24th, 2014
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GERMAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES DIRECTED TO LIMIT PROCUREMENT FROM AMERICAN COMPANIES, RECONSIDERS TYPEWRITERS

There was another geopolitical development recorded in the past few weeks as well. You’ll recall that during the NSA scandal, China directed its various government agencies to cease procuring hardware from American companies, fearing infestation by “backdoors” and corrupted software. The fear is a legitimate one, for as I have noted in previous blogs, it was the deliberate “leak” of such corrupted software to the Soviet Union during the Reagan administration that caused a massive gas pipeline explosion – visible from space – in a Soviet Pipeline. You’ll also recall that Russia also considered moving back to typewriters for creating sensitive documents fear from American snooping.

Now Germany has joined China in officially directing its intelligence services to limit purchases of American made hardware and software, and has joined Russia in considering the reintroduction of the typewriter to generate official and secret documents:

Germany Instructs Its Companies To Limit Cooperation, Procurement Orders With The US

‘No joke’: Germany mulls using typewriters to combat US snooping

Now, I’m an analogue sort of guy… I still think vinyl analogue recordings are much more faithful to the flattened compressed sound of CDs, and most readers here know my distrust of ebook platforms and the immense potential for corporations or governments to change an author’s words or delete or add text at their whim, and claim it as an author’s. Hence, my constant requests to all of you to buy books, and not the shoddy electronic and manipulable substitute for them (I mean, c’mon here… are you really going to trust a certain company whose CEO now attends Bilderberger meetings?). So, notwithstanding that all of us gain immensely from the digital and computer age, there’s a certain part of me that gloats over the simple analogue solutions to the massive billions spent on electronic eavesdropping. Don’t get me wrong. The IBM Selectric won’t come back…the Russians and Germans will just build their own… and make sure to burn the cartridge tapes after using. And for good measure, they’ll probably put their typewriter pools on separate electric grids to make sure the NSA doesn’t try to read the keystrokes via the power lines.

But the real problem is highlighted toward the end of the Zero Hedge article:

“According to Bloomberg, the German chancellor’s office has issued instructions to national intelligence services to limit cooperation with U.S. following alleged U.S. spying case, Bild reports without saying where it got information.

“The newspaper also says:

  • Instructions cover all activities not related to the immediate security interests of Germany and the safety of German soliders in Afghanistan, other foreign missions and terrorism threats
  • Decision to ask U.S. intelligence representative to leave taken July 9 after the regular cabinet meeting at special meeting at Chancellery attended by Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Thomas de Maiziere
  • Main reason for decision was failure of U.S. to cooperate in investigation of operations following revelations by Edward Snowden
  • Foreign office subsequently gave U.S. Ambassador John Emerson 72 hrs to have U.S. agent leave Germany voluntarily or formal expulsion proceedings would be started against him
  • Only 3 of the 218 BND documents sold to CIA were related to Bundestag espionage investigation

“That said, the US is hardly be too worried: after all it is a well-known “secret” that of all European leaders with a very checkered past, the NSA has all the goods on Merkel (and her proximity to the communist system in her DDR days), which can and will be disclosed using the proper channels at a moment’s notice, with an appropriate (pre-vetted by the State Department of course) replacement in place should relations with Germany truly sour. It certainly explains why despite loud demands for a “formal espionage investigation“, nobody in the German government has lifted a finger to find out just how deep the NSA rabbit hole goes.”

For once, I’m in disagreement with Zero Hedge. Merkel, like virtually every other German from the former Eastern Zone, had some connection to the Communist party of the former German Democratic Republic.

But let’s assume for a moment that Germans were mistrustful of their current Chancellorin on that basis, this does not necessarily mean that a Washington pre-approved Chancellor is waiting in the wings. After all, if Frau Merkel and her government were as much under Washington’s thumb as the article avers, it is doubtful that even these actions would have been taken. The bottom line here is, that the Germans themselves are going to be more alive than ever to a careful vetting of all their political candidates, not just at their federal level, but also at the level of Laender politics as well. And slavish kowtowing to Washington probably won’t be on the top of the list of electability.

And oh, by the way, did we mention France…?

See you on the flip side.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT CUBA(AND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ARGENTINA)

While Mr. Putin was enjoying soccer games with Mama Merkel in Brazil, and presumably doing nothing but chatting informally with her about the game and the score and what fun soccer really is, he also managed to find time to conclude a nuclear deal with BRICSA want-to-be Argentina, Putin Signs Nuclear Energy Deal With Argentina[More...]

…MEANWHILE, CONGRESS INTRODUCES A BILL RECOGNIZING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS…ON ASTEROIDS

While all the geopolitical-financial shenanigans have been going on “down below” here on planet Earth, Congress has its eye on the future of finance and outer space, for a bill has been introduced in Congress recognizing private property rights on asteroids: Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights There’s a hugely[More...]

BRICS SUMMIT DECLARATION

(Our thanks, again, to Ms. M.W., for sharing this article). Here is the official BRICSA declaration from their recent summit in Forteleza, Brazil: 72 points of BRICS Summit Declaration

HAVING FUN AT A SOCCER GAME: THE BRICSA AGENDA EMERGES

Now, while the world cup soccer finals were going on – which Germany eventually won – the nations of the BRICSA bloc were busy talking to each other, and one of them, Mr. Putin, was talking with Mama Merkel. I was not able to comment on all of this at the time, having had to[More...]

UND HEUTE GEHOERT UNS BNP PARIBAS, UND DANN COMMERZBANK UND DEUTSCHE BANK, UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT!

Ok…as promised, I am finally getting around to some “geopolitics”, the “wider context” of all this craziness going on, but as always, with the caveat that everyone remembers I’m just a hack from South Dakota who researches and writes exceedingly bizarre books of high strangeness. Most of you are aware that I, along with many[More...]

TIDBIT: THEN THERE’S THIS…

Now, if you’ve been following all this, here’s an interesting tidbit of information from Ms. K.F., one of our regular readers here, who found these: Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission  

A LITTLE FLIGHT MH 17 ROUNDUP

I had fully expected to begin this week’s blogs with a review of some of the geopolitical stories of the past month, but after my News and Views from the Nefarium and yesterday’s blog, I’ve been virtually flooded with news and articles about the subject of the shootdown of Malaysia Air flight 17, none of[More...]

TIDBIT: RUSSIA’S TEN QUESTIONS ON THE MH17 TRAGEDY(YOU WON’T FIND THIS BEING COVERED ON FAUX OR SEE BS)

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has ten delicate questions for Kiev (and thereby, for all those pointing the finger at Russia): Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer

TIDBIT: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON MH17 DOWNING OVER THE UKRAINE

For a very different take, and a very plausible one, than my own on the MH 17 flight, here’s a worthy article from Global Research on the matter: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Downed Over Warzone Ukraine. Who Was Behind It? Cui Bono? That said, if you stop and think about it, NATO’s and the US’s[More...]