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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany 103

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-i-in-team dept.
An anonymous reader writes Der Spiegel has written a piece on the extent of collaboration between Germany's intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), and the U.S.'s National Security Agency (NSA). The sources cited in the piece do reveal BND's enthusiastic collusion in enabling the NSA to tap fiber optic cables in Germany, but they seem inconclusive as to how much information from the NSA's collection activity in the country is actually shared between the NSA and BND. Of note is evidence that the NSA's collection methods do not automatically exclude German companies and organizations from their data sweep; intelligence personnel have to rectro-actively do so on an individual basis when they realize that they are surveilling German targets. Germany's constitution protects against un-warranted surveillance of correspondence, either by post or telecommunications, of German citizens in Germany or abroad and foreigners on German soil.
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

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  • by sir-gold (949031) on Friday June 20, 2014 @02:15AM (#47279509)

    Wow, this is an impressive loophole that the NSA and BND have found. The BND can't spy on Germans, and the NSA can't spy on Americans, but they CAN spy on each other, and then share whatever they find.

    The sharing doesn't even have to be official, the BND and NSA could just claim that the information was "leaked" to them by some anonymous 3rd party, allowing them to gain all the intelligence they wanted on their own citizens without actually spying on them directly.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2014 @04:46AM (#47279905)

    Wow, this is an impressive loophole that the NSA and BND have found. The BND can't spy on Germans, and the NSA can't spy on Americans, but they CAN spy on each other, and then share whatever they find.

    There is no loophole there, it is strictly illegal for both parties to participate in this. The means used to acquire the information is irrelevant.
    Legally there is no difference between NSA planting a bug in your house or having someone else to do it for them.

    The loophole is in that not everyone gets punished when they break the law.

  • by Warbothong (905464) on Friday June 20, 2014 @07:06AM (#47280329) Homepage

    These people are doing the same things that were the very basis of oppression of any and all freedoms on German soil in these two regimes. It is like these cretins _want_ that state of affairs back.

    They want that level of power, but since it's *them* this time, they'll only use it for "good" (ie. what *they* want).

    Of course, they neglect to realise that's exactly what the Nazi's thought.

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