Yesterday, /u/PleadingTheYiff wrote an article, in which he summarized the following:
“Angela Merkel and those within the EU and German government who are aligned with her are knowingly allowing ISIS operatives to infiltrate the EU, set up networks and stage attacks on European citizens. The goal of allowing this to occur is to create a crisis which will artificially deepen the need for greater European integration into the EU, which is of course mostly controlled by Germany and allows them to control Europe without firing a single shot (so far). Once the crisis has been created, Merkel will use it as an excuse to use the newly formed EU Army to occupy European nations.”
The problems with an EU Army scenario:
Not unreasonable as a claim. However, an EU Army is not actually a big deal, for several reasons – it already exists as the NATO peacekeepers (whom despite their name, are and have used full force in the name of peace many times before – sound familiar)?, the plans for it are already known, several countries have protested its hypothetical existence, etc. In fact, “British leaders have repeatedly blocked efforts to create a European army because of concerns that it would undermine the NATO alliance, the primary defense structure in Europe since 1949”. We’ve already been through this once, with NATO being established to replace the “obsolete” League of Nations – it was a sign of the times that the world had evolved in its alliances and forms of war (having gone nuclear), and that the organization needed to evolve with it. It also has significant opposition from France, who recognizes the futility in yet another European militarized army.
So what’s the smoking gun? The rise of the BND (Germany’s version of the NSA) at the expense of the very citizens they’re supposed to protect.
I’m sad that the NATO Auditor died, but his job was unrelated to his conspiractorial task he’s currently being “attached” to. He was not a quartermaster in charge of supply chain logistics, he was a pencil-pushing analyst in charge of investigating terrorism funding.
“Why is his death significant? One of the jobs of an auditor is to make sure goods are actually delivered to their destination. Revenue cannot be recognized until service is performed. What did Chandelon find about weapons and vehicle deliveries that caused him to be murdered? Where would these lost shipments be going, if not to equip and supply another army? The EU Army?”
He was (likely) killed to avoid his (eventual, or definitive) discovery of bloated slush funds on behalf of the German government, to justify their high budgets. The military-industrial complex is an unforgiving spirit, especially when the BND has publicly announced they need a budget of 400 million dollars in order to fund their intelligence gathering so as to not be left behind by other countries like Italy and Spain in the spy game:
“The BND already intercepts and analyzes a certain amount of internet data flowing through Germany, but has nothing like the NSA’s budget for effectively interrogating this data. Last July, a leaked NSA document seen by Der Spiegel showed how closely the BND works with the NSA, even using U.S. spy software.”
See, Germany isn’t in the Five Eyes spying agreement (that includes mutual intelligence sharing between America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand), but they sure would like to be. They are intimately familiar with Five Eyes, however, because it started as Project ECHELON in the Cold War.
The History of the STASI:
The BND is still haunted by their former Ministry for State Intelligence (or STASI), one of the most effective national intelligence agencies in the world. Of course, their methods were…unorthodox…, and not to mention illegal, so the problem was shut down. They also existed prior to the rise of the Internet, so they missed out on one of the most effective technological revolutions the world has ever seen! The STASI was disbanded in 1990 (after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and arguably before the rise of the mainstream Internet in 1994). As Google CEO Eric Schmidt notes, “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about”
One of the STASI’s main tasks was spying on the population (where have I heard that before?), mainly through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning decomposition). Its Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (German: Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung) was responsible for both espionage and for conducting covert operations in foreign countries. Under its long-time head Markus Wolf, this directorate gained a reputation as one of the most effective agencies of the Cold War.
Simon Wiesenthal, who had been hunting Nazi criminals for half a century, said:
“The Stasi was much, much worse than the Gestapo, if you consider only the oppression of its own people. The Gestapo had 40,000 officials watching a country of 80 million, while the Stasi employed 102,000 to control only 17 million.”
And unlike the Gestapo before them, the STASI was completely (at the time) internationally, and legally, recognized. After the organization was disbanded, thousands of members were never found. Those that were found couldn’t be trialed, given that membership itself wasn’t a qualifying act, they had to have been proven to be involved in an illegal act of espionage.
In fact, no one knows exactly how many members there were, and historian opinions err on the conservative side. There are allegations they joined lobbying groups and Russian oligarch-owned companies, but the truth effectively remains that in their anonymity, the former members helped carry on the modus operandi of their former place of employment – seeding distrust in the populace, making it difficult for anyone to be named as a former member without significant backlash.
The STASI even tried to recruit her – trained as a physicist – straight out of university. When that happens, even if you turn it down (as she says she did), it means you’re wicked smaht. Note how in the article, it mentions she didn’t want to join then because of her previous subjection to their rampant spying as a civilian.
People who have followed her career point to Merkel’s scientific habit of mind as a key to her political success. “She is about the best analyst of any given situation that I could imagine,” a senior official in her government said. “She looks at various vectors, extrapolates, and says, ‘This is where I think it’s going.’ ”
Trained to see the invisible world in terms of particles and waves, Merkel learned to approach problems methodically, drawing comparisons, running scenarios, weighing risks, anticipating reactions, and then, even after making a decision, letting it sit for a while before acting.
It’s a bit different when you’re running the program and virtually untouchable as your predecesssors were before you (except by the American NSA, when they bug your phone because your own intelligence agency doesn’t have the permissions). Nothing personal, as they’d been bugging the German Chancellery long before Merkel won the position…but I digress.
The one thing the STASI wished they had, was our generation. Seriously.
Wolfgang Schmidt would know, being a former member of the clandestine agency:
“‘You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,’ he said, recalling the days when he was a lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police, the Stasi.”
“Even Schmidt, 73, who headed one of the more infamous departments in the infamous Stasi, called himself appalled. The dark side to gathering such a broad, seemingly untargeted, amount of information is obvious, he said.”
“‘It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used,’ he said. ‘This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.'”
The Rise of the Government-Sanctioned BND:
The BND needs to gain relevancy, and they’re doing it by partnering with American intelligence agencies to do it. The FBI pioneered a primitive facial recognition (contracted out to Lockheed Martin) only 3 years ago. Police nationwide are expected to use it 196 times a day, but it’s not just for the FBI. Police everywhere will be able to tap into the system. They’ll quickly ID fingerprints during a routine traffic stop — or look up a face while investigating a crime.
According to emails hacked by Wikileaks, it’s apparently been updated since:
“Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.”
“Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it’s the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community. The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation’s ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented.”
The reason why this is important is because while the FBI solved the problem of facial recognition databases, Trapwire (a counter-terrorism technology company that produces a homonymous predictive software system designed to find patterns indicative of terrorist attacks) solved everything else. In fact, given that TrapWire was invented in 2004, the FBI built their system to compliment Stratfor’s, rather than the other way around!
See, the reason for the BND contracting out their labor to the NSA isn’t just because they want to maintain a clear reputation, and it isn’t just because they’re the new kids on the block, it’s also because they’re watching the masters at work in data mining purposes:
“According to the document, BND President Gerhard Schindler repeatedly expressed an ‘eagerness’ to cooperate more closely with the NSA. The Germans, the document reads, were looking for ‘guidance and advice.'”
High rewards, low risks (especially when we have 16 years of a head start, involving data collections of methods that didn’t exist under the STASI – like emails and IP logs:
“The collection of email metadata on Americans began in late 2001, under a top-secret NSA program started shortly after 9/11, according to the documents. Known as Stellar Wind, the program initially did not rely on the authority of any court – and initially restricted the NSA from analyzing records of emails between communicants wholly inside the US.”
“The calls you make can reveal a lot, but now that so much of our lives are mediated by the internet, your IP [internet protocol] logs are really a real-time map of your brain: what are you reading about, what are you curious about, what personal ad are you responding to (with a dedicated email linked to that specific ad), what online discussions are you participating in, and how often?” said Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute.
“Seeing your IP logs – and especially feeding them through sophisticated analytic tools – is a way of getting inside your head that’s in many ways on par with reading your diary,” Sanchez added.
In fact, the BND has been tracking 400,000 new keywords related to terrorism – for scale, the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has an approximate total of 230,000 words…
Dirty Sanchez indeed.
The Relation To Angela Merkel’s Open-Call For Refugees:
So it’s not about Angela consolidating power for her party, as it is in her party’s political interests to quell such attacks – even though her constituents are incredibly naïve to reality.
It’s not that she’s trying to create a 4th Reich (as any such EU Army would ultimately be headquartered in Brussels, Belgium).
It’s not that Angela Merkel is deliberately sitting on evidence (as investigations take time, and hindsight is 20/20) or is unwittingly letting them slip by (as every country has a PR department to specifically disavow terrorist connections after an attack, even if they were complicit)…
The evidence actually points to something a bit more disconcerting, because it’s that she’s actively arming them.
Merkel’s government has been actively training and recruiting lone operatives to travel on from Germany into other countries, to both set up the layout for future attacks, and (eventually) to ultimately lay the blame upon another country for the radicalization of future terrorists.
Simply put, Merkel, in helping promote the existence of the BND, is ensuring the future of incidental Islamic proxy wars (American foreign policy in a nutshell) because to have accurate data you need an overwhelming amount of data to collect. This includes actively giving the BND work to do by going after the very people her country is now training to (officially) wage jihad in their own countries overseas, and of course funneling more refugees than needed into your country, even when it’s wise to stop.
But you and I both know that they’re not going overseas – and so does she, given that the German Chancellery already intervened several times in a similar matter and prevented both a Parliamentary Commission and the Federal Network Agency from investigating a mass Internet spying operation… since 2009. Merkel’s been running the show since 2005. And this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause.
Why do you think every incident “doesn’t resemble Islam” or “was an accident and a mistake”? Because she’s behind the analysis of them all. In the words of Merkel herself:
“… the plan would see the establishment of a central agency to decrypt Internet communication, passing an European weapon directive to prevent trading weapons online, enhancing international intelligence cooperation and strengthening work with countries in the Middle East and North Africa to reduce the number of refugees seeking asylum in Europe”.
As Gore Vidal once said, “It is not enough that I succeed, my friends must fail as well”.