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Snowden’s Ride, Part 2: Geo-Politics, the Earth Island and the Underground Reich

Eddie the Friendly Spook: Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?

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COMMENT: To grasp the nature of elite strategic thinking, it is vital to incorporate the concept of The Earth Island–the enormous, contiguous land mass stretching from the Straits of Gibraltar, all the way through Europe, the Middle East, Russia, India and China and the rest of continental Asia.

This stretch of land has most of the world’s land mass, population and natural resources. Controlling it has long been seen as the key to world domination by geo-political thinkers.

(We note, parenthetically, that across the middle of that land mass, controlling most of the petroleum resources of the Earth Island, is a stretch of Muslim-inhabited lands. Allying with the Muslim population of The Earth Island has long been seen by Germany and the Underground Reich as a key to world domination.)

Snowden’s Ride is an obvious intelligence operation and destabilization gambit, which we have compared with the U-2 Incident. We link our previous posts on the subject below for your convenience.

Previous posts on the subject are: Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VII, Part VIII.

Snowden is not an idealist, but a cynic and fascist, who advocates the elimination of social security, returning to the gold standard, thinks high unemployment is fine and a necessary part of capitalist correction, as well as a practitioner and endorser of short-selling. A young Snowden posted a picture of himself, at right.

The vast bulk of the information that has come to light in this imbroglio has been known for years–one reason why it is highly suspicious that this brouhaha is being generated at this time.

Clearly, this “op” is being conducted for propaganda purposes, with the Obama administration the U.S. and the U.K. the targets/victims.

Mr. Emory has been covering the ECHELON/Menwith Hill/NSA conflict with German intelligence since August of 1998, first covered in FTR #103.

As we have noted in previous posts, Eddie the Friendly Spook decamped to China just before Obama’s meeting with Chinese premier Xi, releasing information embarrassing and damaging to Obama and the United States in the process.

Just before Obama met with German Chancellor Merkel, Eddie the Friendly Spook releases information about NSA spying on Germany, producing more embarrassment.

Hitting the trifecta, Snowden winds up in Moscow, damaging relations between Russia and the U.S. and frustrating Obama’s attempts at rebooting the American relationship with that country, although recent statements by Vladimir Putin–a former KGB officer–indicate the possibility that Russia may be on to what is taking place.

In addition to attempting to get Snowden to stop leaking NSA secrets that would damage “our American partners” (a condition rejected by Snowden), Putin made a very relevant comment. Paraphrasing, slightly, he said the whole affair is “like shearing a piglet–a lot of squealing, but very little wool.”

Returning to the subject of The Earth Islandin the space of a couple of weeks, Eddie the Friendly Spook “covered the waterfront,” so to speak, creating problems with the countries that dominate the Earth Island. This applied geo-politics should not be overlooked and is consistent with what might be expected of an intelligence officer acting on assignment. 

Eddie the Friendly Spook-and his associates, has cast a pall over U.S. relations with the German-dominated EU, Germany proper, Russia and China.

Snowden’s Ride has also done much to alienate young and so-called progressive voters from Obama and the Democrats. 

Some points to consider:

  • As noted in previous posts on Snowden’s Ride, Germany itself does the same thing as NSA/GCHQ, and does so in violation of German law, as revealed by some excellent sleuthing done by the Chaos Computer Club. (See text excerpts below.)
  •  As noted in past posts on Snowden’s Ride, the attack on the NSA/GCHQ ECHELON originated with the far right and the Underground Reich and appears to be inextricably linked with maneuvering around the 9/11 attacks. (See text excerpts below.) It remains to be seen if other information does damage U.S. intelligence-gathering information, as the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt figures to ramp up terrorism by that organization.
  • Telephone intercepts, among other intelligence data, indicate that German intelligence had the Hamburg cell under surveillance by August, 1998, yet took no action! (See text excerpts below.)
  • Among those attacking NSA/GCHQ/ECHELON in recent years was Grover Norquist, a lynchpin of the GOP right and point man for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. Norquist, Karl Rove and Bush associate Talat Othman are deeply involved in the milieu that was aiding the funding of Al-Qaeda.
  • German Green politicians, among others, are calling for Germany to give Snowden Asylum. (As discussed in other programs, the German Greens themselves have a fascist history and work–perhaps without their full awareness–in conjunction with the Underground Reich.) (See text excerpts below.)
  • The NSA considers Germany a “third class partner”–something that will undoubtedly infuriate the Germans, but which is somewhat encouraging to us. At least NSA is not totally oblivious to some of the things we’ve been pointing out. (See text excerpts below.)
  • NSA/U.S. has been spying on EU personnel and offices. This may make the piglet squeal, but is no news at all. Standard operating procedure for the intelligence services of any nation, which spy on friend and foe alike. (See text excerpts below.)
  • Germany is reportedly ready to bring criminal charges against U.S. and U.K. officials. (See text excerpts below.)
  • If, in fact, Germany does bring those charges, it will be interesting to see if the charges are brought in the International Criminal Court, which is dominated by Germany.
  • What can be safely said is that the Snowden affair has permitted Germany to paint the United States as “the bad guy” to its own population, as well as that of the EU, many of whose member states have been fiercely critical of Germany. It is also allowing the Germans to tar the U.K. as well.
  • Snowden’s ride has also permitted Germany to divert attention from the trial of the sole surviving member of the National Socialist Union–a neo-Nazi group that clearly operated with the connivance of the German authorities and whose murder spree may have been intended, in part, to cover up German/Underground Reich involvement with the 9/11 attacks.
  • We wonder about the possibility that Snowden might be doubling for German intelligence

“Political Opposites Aligned against Bush Wiretaps” by James Sterngold; San Francisco Chronicle; 1/26/2006.

EXCERPT: . . . . Grover Norquist is one of the most influential conservative Republicans in Washington. His weekly “Wednesday Meeting” at his L Street office is a must for conservative strategists, and he has been called the “managing director of the hard-core right” by the liberal Nation magazine. Perhaps the country’s leading anti-tax enthusiast, he is, like Diamond, a hawk in the war on terror.

Despite coming from opposite ends of the political spectrum, they agree on one other major issue: that the Bush administration’s program of domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency without obtaining court warrants has less to do with the war on terror than with threats to the nation’s civil liberties. . . .

“U.S. Taps Half-Billion Ger­man Phone, Inter­net Links in Month: Report”; Reuters.com; 6/30/2013. 

EXCERPT: The United States taps half a bil­lion phone calls, emails and text mes­sages in Ger­many in a typ­i­cal month and has classed its biggest Euro­pean ally as a tar­get sim­i­lar to China, accord­ing to secret U.S. doc­u­ments quoted by a Ger­man newsmagazine.

The rev­e­la­tions of alleged U.S. sur­veil­lance pro­grams based on doc­u­ments taken by fugi­tive for­mer National Secu­rity Agency con­trac­tor Edward Snow­den have raised a polit­i­cal furor in the United States and abroad over the bal­ance between pri­vacy rights and national security.

Expos­ing the lat­est details in a string of reputed spy­ing pro­grams, Der Spiegel quoted from an inter­nal NSA doc­u­ment which it said its reporters had seen.

The doc­u­ment Spiegel cited showed that the United States cat­e­go­rized Ger­many as a “third-class” part­ner and that sur­veil­lance there was stronger than in any other EU coun­try, sim­i­lar in extent to China, Iraq or Saudi-Arabia.

“We can attack the sig­nals of most for­eign third-class part­ners, and we do it too,” Der Spiegel quoted a pas­sage in the NSA doc­u­ment as saying.

It said the doc­u­ment showed that the NSA mon­i­tored phone calls, text mes­sages, emails and inter­net chat con­tri­bu­tions and has saved the meta­data — that is, the con­nec­tions, not the con­tent — at its headquarters. . . .

“Attacks from Amer­ica: NSA Spied on Euro­pean Union Offices” by Laura Poitras, Mar­cel Rosen­bach, Fidelius Schmid and Hol­ger Stark; Der Spiegel; 6/29/2013.

EXCERPT: America’s NSA intel­li­gence ser­vice allegedly tar­geted the Euro­pean Union with its spy­ing activ­i­ties. Accord­ing to SPIEGEL infor­ma­tion, the US placed bugs in the EU rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Wash­ing­ton and infil­trated its com­puter net­work. Cyber attacks were also per­pe­trated against Brus­sels in New York and Washington.

Infor­ma­tion obtained by SPIEGEL shows that America’s National Secu­rity Agency (NSA) not only con­ducted online sur­veil­lance of Euro­pean cit­i­zens, but also appears to have specif­i­cally tar­geted build­ings hous­ing Euro­pean Union insti­tu­tions. The infor­ma­tion appears in secret doc­u­ments obtained by whistle­blower Edward Snow­den that SPIEGEL has in part seen. A “top secret” 2010 doc­u­ment describes how the secret ser­vice attacked the EU’s diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Washington.

The doc­u­ment sug­gests that in addi­tion to installing bugs in the build­ing in down­town Wash­ing­ton, DC, the EU representation’s com­puter net­work was also infil­trated. In this way, the Amer­i­cans were able to access dis­cus­sions in EU rooms as well as emails and inter­nal doc­u­ments on computers.

The attacks on EU insti­tu­tions show yet another level in the broad scope of the NSA’s spy­ing activ­i­ties. For weeks now, new details about Prism and other sur­veil­lance pro­grams have been emerg­ing that had been com­piled by whistle­blower Snow­den. Details have also emerged that the British intel­li­gence ser­vice GCHQ oper­ates a sim­i­lar pro­gram under the name Tem­pora with which global tele­phone and Inter­net con­nec­tions are monitored.

The doc­u­ments SPIEGEL has seen indi­cate that the EU rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the United Nations was attacked in a man­ner sim­i­lar to the way sur­veil­lance was con­ducted against its offices in Wash­ing­ton. An NSU doc­u­ment dated Sep­tem­ber 2010 explic­itly names the Euro­peans as a “loca­tion target”

The doc­u­ments also indi­cate the US intel­li­gence ser­vice was respon­si­ble for an elec­tronic eaves­drop­ping oper­a­tion in Brus­sels. A lit­tle over five years ago, EU secu­rity experts noticed sev­eral tele­phone calls that were appar­ently tar­get­ing the remote main­te­nance sys­tem in the Jus­tus Lip­sius Build­ing where the EU Coun­cil of Min­is­ters and the Euro­pean Coun­cil is located. The calls were made to num­bers that were very close to the one used for the remote admin­is­tra­tion of the building’s tele­phone system. . . .

“Ger­man MP: EU Should Shel­ter Snow­den”; The Local; 7/1/2013.

EXCERPT: The Euro­pean Union should offer safe haven to fugi­tive US leaker Edward Snow­den, a leader of Germany’s oppo­si­tion Green party, for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter Jür­gen Trit­tin, said Monday.

“The Amer­i­cans are act­ing just like they accuse the Chi­nese of act­ing,” Trit­tin, co-chief of the Greens’ par­lia­men­tary group, told ARD pub­lic tele­vi­sion, refer­ring to US accu­sa­tions that Bei­jing spon­sors state espi­onage of US interests.

He said Snow­den, the for­mer National Secu­rity Agency (NSA) con­trac­tor behind a series of dam­ag­ing alle­ga­tions about US spy­ing, had “done Europe a service.”

Snow­den is holed up in a Moscow air­port tran­sit zone after the United States issued a war­rant for his arrest and revoked his passport.

Trit­tin, a for­mer envi­ron­ment min­is­ter, said it was “embar­rass­ing” for west­ern democ­ra­cies that “such a per­son, who served the cause of democ­racy, who uncov­ered a major vio­la­tion of fun­da­men­tal rights, has to hun­ker down with despots who are at war with fun­da­men­tal rights.”

“I am of the opin­ion that such a per­son should be pro­tected,” he said, when asked whether Snow­den should be granted asylum.

After the EU spy­ing report in Ger­man weekly mag­a­zine Der Spiegel Berlin
said the United States must quickly say whether the alle­ga­tions were true.

The Ger­man oppo­si­tion has leapt on the issue three months before a national elec­tion, demand­ing Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel take a tough line with Washington.

Merkel’s spokesman Stef­fen Seib­ert expressed shock Mon­day over the reports of US spy­ing on Euro­pean insti­tu­tions and said it had told Wash­ing­ton that it must restore trust in the wake of the allegations. . . .

 “Ger­many Ready to Charge UK and US Intel­li­gence over Alleged Bug­ging Operations” by Tony Patterson; The Inde­pen­dent [UK]; 6/30/2013.

Germany’s Fed­eral Prosecutor’s office said it was prepar­ing to bring charges against British and US intel­li­gence today amid fresh alle­ga­tions that the ser­vices spied far more exten­sively than thought on Ger­man phone and inter­net traf­fic and bugged Euro­pean Union offices in America.

A report alleg­ing a major and con­tin­u­ous US National Secu­rity Agency spy­ing oper­a­tion in Ger­many was pub­lished by Der Spiegel mag­a­zine today, prompt­ing out­rage from Berlin MPs still reel­ing from reports about exten­sive British sur­veil­lance in their coun­try. The Ger­man Jus­tice Min­is­ter, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenburger, demanded an imme­di­ate expla­na­tion and said the behav­iour of the intel­li­gence ser­vices was “rem­i­nis­cent of the actions against ene­mies dur­ing the Cold War”. “It defies belief that our friends in the US see the Euro­peans as their ene­mies,” she said.

The leak, which Der Spiegel said came from fugi­tive ex-CIA ana­lyst Edward Snow­den, claimed that the NSA tapped into half a bil­lion Ger­man phone calls, emails and SMS mes­sages each month. Reports last week revealed exten­sive tap­ping of Ger­man phone and inter­net traf­fic by British intel­li­gence under its so-called Tem­pora pro­gramme. The infor­ma­tion was said to be shared with the NSA.

A spokesman for the Fed­eral Pros­e­cu­tor said the office was prepar­ing to bring charges against “per­sons unknown” in rela­tion to the reports.

There was also wide­spread and mount­ing anger at offi­cial Euro­pean Union level yes­ter­day fol­low­ing dis­clo­sures that the NSA had spied on EU com­puter net­works at its offices in New York and Wash­ing­ton and that it had also bugged the premises. Mar­tin Schulz, head of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, demanded “full clar­i­fi­ca­tion” from the US and said that if the dis­clo­sures proved true they would have a severe impact on US-EU ties. . . .

“World Briefing | Europe: Report On U.S. Spy System” by Suzanne Daley; The New York Times; 9/6/2001.

EXCERPT: [Notice when this was published–9/6/2001.–D.E.] . . . The United States-led spying system known as Echelon can monitor virtually every communication in the world — by e-mail, phone or fax — that bounces off a satellite, the European Parliament was told. But in reporting on a yearlong study of the system that was prompted by concern that American companies were using data from the system to gain a competitive edge, Gerhard Schmid, a German member of the Parliament, said that many European countries had similar abilities . . .

“Ger­mans Were Track­ing Sept. 11 Con­spir­a­tors as Early as 1998, Doc­u­ments Dis­close” by Desmond But­ler; New York Times; 1/18/2003; p. A10.

EXCERPT: . . . . Three years before the Sept. 11 attacks, Germany’s domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice was track­ing promi­nent mem­bers of the Ham­burg ter­ror­ist cell that planned and exe­cuted the air­craft hijack­ings, accord­ing to newly obtained doc­u­ments. The doc­u­ments, includ­ing intel­li­gence reports, sur­veil­lance logs and tran­scripts of inter­cepted tele­phone calls, appear to con­tra­dict pub­lic claims by the Ger­man author­i­ties that they knew lit­tle about the mem­bers of the Ham­burg cell before the attacks.

As early as 1998, the records show, the Ger­mans mon­i­tored a meet­ing between men sus­pected of plot­ting the attacks. The sur­veil­lance would lead a year later to the Ham­burg apart­ment where Mohamed Atta and other main plot­ters were liv­ing while attend­ing uni­ver­si­ties. While the records do not indi­cate that author­i­ties heard any men­tion of a spe­cific plan, they depict a sur­veil­lance mis­sion exten­sive enough to raise anew the polit­i­cally sen­si­tive ques­tion of whether the Ger­mans missed a chance to dis­rupt the cell dur­ing the ini­tial stages of plan­ning the attacks. Some Amer­i­can inves­ti­ga­tors and offi­cials have argued that the Ger­mans in the past missed evi­dence that could have stopped the plot. The Ger­mans have main­tained stead­fastly that the infor­ma­tion they had was too scanty to war­rant seri­ous alarm, and that their police and intel­li­gence agen­cies were not focused on Al Qaeda at the time.

The doc­u­ments come from the files of var­i­ous Ger­man police and intel­li­gence agen­cies. They detail how close an inves­ti­ga­tion of Qaeda con­tacts in Ham­burg begun in 1997 by the Con­sti­tu­tional Pro­tec­tion Agency, Germany’s domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice, came to the main cell mem­bers. They were pro­vided to The New York Times by some­one with offi­cial access to the files of the con­tin­u­ing inves­ti­ga­tion into the events lead­ing to the Sept. 11 attacks. When the doc­u­ments were described to offi­cials at the Ger­man Inte­rior Min­istry and the con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tion police, they declined to answer any ques­tions about them but did not dis­pute their authenticity . . .

Mr. Motas­sadeq admit­ted that he knew Mr. Atta and other plot­ters and had attended Qaeda train­ing camps in Afghanistan. He has main­tained in trial tes­ti­mony that he did not know that his friends were plan­ning to attack the United States. No evi­dence has been pre­sented at his three-month trial that would reveal when the police first opened an inquiry into Mr. Motas­sadeq. But the intel­li­gence agency doc­u­ments show that by August 1998 he was under sur­veil­lance and that the trail soon led to most of the main par­tic­i­pants in the later attacks. [It was in August of 1998 that President Clinton ordered the cruise missile strike against Bin Laden and the same month that Bin Laden went to a courier system instead of using his cell phone. Note, also, that the head of the Hamburg police at the time the surveillance of the Hamburg cell was in place is now head of the BND!–D.E.]

Accord­ing to the doc­u­ments, the sur­veil­lance was in place on Aug. 29, 1998, when Mr. Motas­sadeq and Mohamed Hay­dar Zam­mar, who had already been iden­ti­fied by police as a sus­pected extrem­ist, met at the Ham­burg home of Said Bahaji. [Ital­ics are Mr. Emory’s] The police mon­i­tored sev­eral other meet­ings between the men in the months that fol­lowed, the doc­u­ments said. The record of the meet­ing shows that police had iden­ti­fied Mr. Bahaji, another per­son sus­pected of being a cell mem­ber and believed to have been inti­mately involved in the plan­ning and logis­tics of the plot, who fled to Pak­istan days before the attacks. Mr. Bahaji later moved in with Mr. Atta and Ramzi bin al-Shibh in the now-infamous apart­ment at 54 Marien­strasse in the Har­burg sec­tion of Hamburg[There are profound indications of a link between Mohamed Atta and the BND–D.E.]. . .

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