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COMMENT: Before doing summary posts (or, perhaps, broadcasts in lieu of that) we highlight some interesting developmets in connection with L’Affaire Snowden.
We have done numerous posts since the beginning of this dance macabre, and emphatically encourage users of this website to study them at length and in detail: Part I , Part II , Part III , Part IV , Part V , Part VI , Part VII , Part VIII , Part IX , Part X , Part XI , Part XII , Part XIII , Part XIV , Part XV . It is well beyond the scope of this article to sum up the information presented in them. Users of this website are emphatically encouraged to examine them at length and detail.
In this post, we note an interesting development in EU defense and intelligence posture, justified as an outgrowth of the Snowden “disclosures” (note the quotes.)
The EU is planning to develop  its own military and intelligence structure, including ” . . . new spy drones and satellites for “internal and external security policies”, which will include police intelligence, the internet, protection of external borders and maritime surveillance . . . .”
This is being rationalized as necessary because: “. . . . The Edward Snowden scandal shows us that Europe needs its own autonomous security capabilities . . . .”
Critics have expressed concerns ” . . . . that the EU is creating its own version of the US National Security Agency. . . . ”
Several aspects of this are striking:
- As we have stressed so often, the information “disclosed” by Snowden is NOT new. Among the points we have highlighted in our coverage of L’Affaire Snowden is the fact that there was a major international controversy over the NSA/GCHQ Echelon operation years ago, which produced a report by the European Parliament . That report noted that several European countries operated in similar ways. So why is the revamp of European military and intelligence structure being done now? (See text excerpts below.)
- As discussed in FTR #700 , Catherine Ashton was seen as being a useful tool for the realization of German interests  within the EU. (See text excerpts below.)
- Ashton has also been active  in ameliorating the situation of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi of Egypt. (See text excerpts below.)
- Germany has been very active  on behalf of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. (See text excerpts below.) This comes as no surprise. In FTR #343 –among other programs–we examined the Muslim Brotherhood’s heritage as an Islamic fascist organization , allied with the Axis in World War II. That program was subtitled: “Old Complicities That Go Back to the 1930’s.”
- Once in power following “The Muslim Brotherhood Spring,” as we called The Arab Spring, Morsi and the Brotherhood acted true to form and history. 
Among the things that come to mind in connection with this:
- Is Ashton’s minting of a new, EU intelligence/military structure being done at Germany’s instigation?
- Will the drone force be used to help keep dissident EU states, institutions, populations and individuals in line?
- Will the new EU military force be used in a similar fashion?
- Will the collaboration between NSA and BND be decoupled, “by popular request” and “in keeping with democratic principle,” after the disclosures by Snowden?
- Will the decoupling be used to allow greater operational latitude to Muslim Brotherhood and/or Nazi terrorists to act?
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 . . .
EXCERPT: The European Union is planning to “own and operate” spy drones, surveillance satellites and aircraft as part of a new intelligence and security agency under the control of Baroness Ashton.
The controversial proposals are a major move towards creating an independent EU military body with its own equipment and operations, and will be strongly opposed by Britain.
Officials told the Daily Telegraph that the European Commission and Lady Ashton’s European External Action Service want to create military command and communication systems to be used by the EU for internal security and defence purposes. Under the proposals, purchasing plans will be drawn up by autumn.
The use of the new spy drones and satellites for “internal and external security policies”, which will include police intelligence, the internet, protection of external borders and maritime surveillance, will raise concerns that the EU is creating its own version of the US National Security Agency.
Senior European officials regard the plan as an urgent response to the recent scandal over American and British communications surveillance by creating EU’s own security and spying agency.
“The Edward Snowden scandal shows us that Europe needs its own autonomous security capabilities, this proposal is one step further towards European defence integration,” said a senior EU official. . . .
EXCERPT: Berlin is insisting on access to essential posts in the European External Action Service (EEAS). According to news reports, the German government is demanding that the post of EEAS General Secretary be given to a German. Leading personnel from the Chancellery and the Foreign Ministry are being suggested. The general secretary heads the administration and is second only to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, who is considered to be very weak, meaning that a German EEAS general secretary would have a free hand. The structuring of the EEAS is one of Berlin’s most essential objectives since the Lisbon Treaty took effect, reinforcing the EU on its path toward becoming a world power. As was expressed in Berlin’s foreign ministry, the basic features of the new administration must be institutionalized by April 2010, so that the British Conservatives, expected to be the victors of the next parliamentary elections in the spring of 2010, will not be able to have any influence. They are capable of putting up serious resistance to German hegemonic policy. . . .
EXCERPT: Mohamed Morsi, deposed as president by the Egyptian military on July 3, is in good health, a trickle of visitors allowed access to him and his aides in recent days has revealed. Where he is, however, remains a mystery that has enraged his family and supporters, and aggravated Egypt’s crisis.
The most recent person to visit him, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top foreign policy official, was not blindfolded on Monday when she was taken to him, aides said. But she was flown by helicopter in the dark of night on the condition that she not reveal anything about Mr. Morsi’s whereabouts. . . .
EXCERPT: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Egypt’s new rulers not to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood from the political process as they work on plans for the future.
In an interview with ARD television Sunday, Merkel reiterated Germany’s call for the release of Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader who was ousted as Egypt’s president by the military nearly two weeks ago. The U.S. has backed that call. . . .
EXCERPT: Germany on Friday called for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi amid mounting tensions between supporters and opponents over his overthrow.
“We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi’s whereabouts,” a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters. . . .
EXCERPT: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has urged all parties in Egypt to find a prompt solution to the country’s political crisis, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Westerwelle issued a statement on Thursday stressing that Egypt’s future cannot be decided by “confrontations.”
Egypt’s democratic transition requires the Muslim Brotherhood’s inclusion in the political scene, he added. “Paving the way for a stable future will not be achieved unless the democratic transition includes all civilian leaders.” . . .
EXCERPT: German Ambassador to Egypt Michael Bock has clarified his country’s position during a small press meeting attended by Ahram Online Wednesday at the German Embassy in Cairo following a contentious statement made by the German foreign ministry calling for the release of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.
The statement was widely condemned among Egyptians amidst ongoing political upheaval between supporters and opponents of Morsi’s removal.
“We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi’s whereabouts and suggest a trusted institution be granted access to Morsi,” stated a German foreign ministry spokesman Friday, identifying the International Committee of the Red Cross as a credible body for the task. . . .