Sunday, June 29, 2014

Germany: NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake to Address German Parliament on July 3

According to http://.dw.de, AP and AFP, Germany reportedly became US National Security Agency (NSA) "number one" spying center after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to  former NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake, 57, who has told Der Spiegel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Andrews_Drake

At the time, the US position was that Germany, following the 2001 terror attacks, could no longer rely on Berlin as a trusted ally.

Drake, a NSA senior executive-turned whistle-blower, said National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to some extent for failing to notice that an al-Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg. 

The al-Qaeda cell, led by the late Mohammed Atta who orchestrated several of lethal attacks on September 11 that killed nearly 3,000 people. 

Drake, who is scheduled to testify next Thursday (July 3) to the German Parliament's NSA inquiry committee, said the spy agency decided it could "no longer" trust Germany because the cell had "lived, trained and communicated" unnoticed by the German intelligence authorities. 

COMMENT: Political relationships between governments, particularly those of intelligence services, are largely "driven" on a quid pro quo basis which means that such relationships are based upon how helpful trusted allies can actually become over decades.

Even nation-to-nation relationships require very focused nurturing and reinforcement to be successful, so such relationships depend exclusively on the frequent sharing of "take-aways" during exchanges.
  
Perhaps Germany was viewed by Washington as country that it could be conveniently blamed for the events of September 11, yet, as the 9/11 Commission said so eloquently: The terror attacks were the end result of a "lack of imagination" not the fault of trusted allies too convenient to blame.

The moment that Barack Obama eavesdropped on Angela Merkel's mobile phone, the German Chancellor promptly realized  that she could no longer trust the US President. 

The US, at least during the George W Bush years, was considered a role model for all nations, yet, tragically, under what can only be described as President Obama's regime, the US has become much less statesman-like who routinely tramples over the authority granted him by the Constitution.

 Worse, the President has become much better known as the street-fighter from Chicago who repeatedly has found himself "mouse-trapped" by his frequently stated untruths, influenced heavily by his own world view and ideology that rarely place the best interests of US citizens FIRST.

Following the 2001 terror attacks, the German intelligence service, BND, CIA subsequently made it a priority to liaison with the BND, yet, the relationship was seemingly not based on genuine information-sharing, but rather to determine what the German service knew and what they were unaware of.  Such relationships based upon an agenda unknown to ALL parties rarely succeeds. 

Although US President Barack Obama had seemingly reassured German Chancellor Merkel that the spy agency was no longer was eavesdropping on her mobile phone, all Germans continued to be viewed as potential suspects. 

Drake said Germany's ties date back to the Cold War, with the NSA remaining the "master" in "this often unequal relationship" that often resembled a one-way street.

Given Washington's unprecedented capacity for eavesdropping, albeit an addiction, the US couldn't resist the temptation of going well beyond its authorized charter of "counter-terrorism," and venturing to the illegal world of "economic espionage," which minimally was unethical and at worst, illegal. 

US lawyer Jesselyn Radack, who has represented a number of whistle-blowers, told DER SPIEGEL that Germany's federal prosecutions service should summon NSA officials responsible for surveillance who just happen to be resident in Germany.

Radack claimed the true intention of the NSA's mass data gathering was to exercise broad unilateral control, not to principally avert terrorist attacks by finding the proverbial "needle in the haystack."

After 2001, Drake used official channels within the NSA to air his breach of citizens' privacy before going public from 2006. Serious charges later were dropped, but in 2011 he was convicted of a misdemeanor.