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German prosecutors close case on NSA spying scandal | DW - Oct. 5, 2017 |

    Germany's BND spy agency relies heavily on resources and tools supplied by its American aliles. The NSA reportedly provided German agents with spying software in exchange for data sharing. Also, the BND and it domestic intelligence couterpart BfV were accused of assisting the NSA in its global surveillance programs.

As I have blogged over a number of years, Intelligence services are supranational w/o supervision by parliament in EU democracy. The Netherlands with Amsterdam is a key Internet link ... the Dutch are an ambitious partner in Nine Eyes and have been quite successful in spying inside Russia. The new Cold War is a choice by the West starting in 2004-08 and greatly invigorated under the Obama/Biden/HRC administration. Making Russia a pariah state was a motto by the Atlantic Council.

by Oui on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 06:57:56 AM EST
With the monolith US you are either in or out. Nothing has changed since George Bush and Dick Cheney demanded "you are either with us or with the terrorists".

All rules, regulations and privacy laws were set aside to grant spy agencies freedom in collecting all communications. The encryption offered some headaches, but not for long. Especially high-tech from Israel was a welcome addition to the NSA family. Russia and China are on the defense and playing catch-up to the West.

The Dutch had infiltrated a Russian spy network from Fall 2014 onward - see Cozy Bear. Place all allegations and accusations pointing to Russia in that perspective.

Dutch Hackers Infiltrated Kremlin's Cozy Bear in 2014

by Oui on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 07:20:29 AM EST
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You refer to that convenient happenstance when the Dutch were able to validate CrowdStike's allegation that it was the Cozy Bear who dunnit? Even when we know now that CrowdStrike did not have any evidence of a data breach, and even less evidence that it was the Russians. They admitted they just made up the name Cozy Bear for APT 29, which is actually a set of tools to gain an undetected, long term presence in a computer system. So the Dutch validated something that was totally made up.

That would be the same Dutch who arrested some Russians at the OPCW parking lot claiming they were trying to hack the OPCW computers? Until, of course, they were told that Russia is one of the founding members of OPCW and as such already has access to everything in the system. That news died fast...

The Dutch being so honest brokers, I guess we should indeed place all allegations and accusations pointing to Russia in that perspective.

With the recent news about Danish intelligent service, I would take anything any NATO intelligence says about Russia with a big pinch of salt.

by pelgus on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 12:29:26 PM EST
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OPCW made political by US and UK

OPCW chemical watchdog gains power to assign blame

Ahead of the Iraq War, the US removed Bustani from OPCW Executive Council

Chemical Weapons Convention Chief Removed at U.S. Initiative | May 2002 |

by Oui on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 01:27:15 PM EST
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British GCHQ used to circumvent US law and Patriot Act to spy on Americans abroad

Unrestrained Bulk Surveillance on Americans by Collecting Network Traffic Abroad

Our central hypothesis is that there are several loopholes in current U.S. surveillance law that allow for largely unrestrained surveillance on Americans by collecting their network traffic abroad while not intentionally targeting a U.S. person. Because the U.S. legal framework regulating intelligence operations has not been updated in accordance with new technical realities, the loopholes we identify may leave the internet traffic of Americans as exposed to network surveillance, and as unprotected by under current U.S. law, as the internet traffic of foreigners.

Earlier writing ...

Dutch Seek Their Own 'Patriot Act' | Nov. 2013 |

Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights | Council of Europe - Jan. 2015 |

The Assembly also invites the competent bodies of the European Union to make use of all the instruments at their disposal to promote the privacy of all Europeans in their relations with their counterparts in the United States, in particular in negotiating or implementing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Safe Harbour decision, the Terrorist Financing Tracking Program (TFTP) and the Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement.

by Oui on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 08:31:18 AM EST
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