Monday, July 1, 2013

Global Impact: German Prosecutors Examine If NSA Captured Cyber-Data on German Citizens

According to The Latin American Tribune, German prosecutors are investigating allegations that US intelligence agencies, specifically NSA, conducted a massive spying program in Germany in the wake of revelations by the weekly Der Spiegel that up to 500 million telephone and online communications were intercepted monthly.

Prosecutors are attempting to determine if NSA violated German privacy laws by obtaining, analyzing and warehousing the personal information of German citizens, Der Spiegel reported.

COMMENT: Reportedly, NSA considered Germany a “priority target” for its surveillance operations, with the program monitoring the communications of the government and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shed light on the systematic surveillance program targeting Germany.

According to DER SPIEGEL, NSA monitored some 20 million telephone conversations and 13 million Internet communications on an average day.

While no doubt NSA has perhaps assisted as many as 20 countries in providing vital leads linked to indigenous or trans-national terrorist operations, the reality is that NSA's vast resources have enabled the intelligence agency to capture cyber-data that potentially violates the privacy concerns of  all global citizens as if they were terrorist suspects.

At the moment, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), amended numerous times since September 11, 2001, and its application, lacks convincing evidence that all FISA decisions are not being abused by Federal officials, particularly in light of politically-motivated actions by the US Internal Revenue Service.