GERMANY SEEKING TO DEVELOP SPYWARESeptember 22, 2012
Well this one, folks, is reeeeeaaaaalllly interesting! As usual, Russia Today manages to report on the intriguing stories, and this one really made me sit up and take notice. First, the article, then I'll do my usual speculation on what it might portend:
Now, the question is, why would Germany, be putting out such a call now, and doing so, so publicly? It boggles the mind to assume that Germany, one of the world's more technologically sophisticated nations, would (1) not have people in its security and intelligence services already designing such programs and (2) not have its own electronic surveillance.
The idea of such a call, to my mind, implies urgency, and the urgency here is, I suggest, of a piece with similar calls within Germany, though the RT article implies the Germans are making moves toward greater integration with other western intelligence agencies, such as the FBI and Mossad.
But I have to wonder if that's really it. The integration of those services and cooperation (especially in the "war on terror") is already an accomplished fact, so I suspect here we have a bit of intentional misdirection not only on RT's part but on Germany's part. There have been a number of moves, recently, being made by Germany that indicate it is not comfortable being part of the Greater European Reich, including, as I have pointed out previously moves to handle bilateral trade with China in yuan and euros and bypassing the dollar completely, to calls for audits -and even repatriation - of its gold reserves in the US Federal Reserve System. Germany, in other words, is sending ambiguous signals (nothing new there!).... now it's very much a part of the Eurozone, now it isn't; now it is going to tie itself more closely to Europe, now it isn't.
So let's look at this story from the "now it isn't" angle. I have mentioned on this website in other blogs the massive Farewell spy case, the French penetration of the KGB via Col. Vetrov, and the resulting "theft" by the Soviet Union of computer software that had been deliberately tampered with, with the result that a major Soviet gas pipeline exploded causing some massive economic dislocation. I have also touched upon the infamous INSLAW case, and the alleged theft of its sophisticated PROMIS databse management software by the US Department of Justice in the Reagan administration, and its deliberate alteration with a "back door" by US intelligence, and the subsequent worldwide distribution of the modified software to the intelligence agencies of various US allies, effectively allowing the USA the capability of spying on them without their knowledge.
In that light, this latest call my be an effort - not to entangle German intelligence more completely with the rest of the West - but to create the structure for its disentanglement and even potentially for a cyberwarfare capability against potential Western threats. In other words, it just got very interesting, once again, folks...
See you on the flip side.