EXCERPTS FROM THE REPORT:
Now there is a James-Bond vibe to pre-election season: Newspapers publishextensive guides on how to encrypt emails. People question whether they should still use U.S.-based social networks. The German government seems to be under more pressure over the revelations than the American one.
“What makes Germans so sensitive about their data? Many have pointed to Germany’s history: Both the Nazi secret police Gestapo and the East German Stasi spied extensively on citizens, encouraging snitching among neighbors and acquiring private communication.
But that’s not the whole story. Politics and the media in Germany today are dominated by (male) citizens raised in the democratic West who have no personal recollection of either of the Stasi or Gestapo.
Germany lacks the long tradition of strong individual freedoms the state has guaranteed in the U.S. for more than 200 years. Precisely because of that, these values, imported from the Western allies after 1945, are not taken for granted.”
- Why Germany is so outraged over NSA snooping (rawstory.com)
- Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany (propublica.org)
- The NSA’s Global Surveillance Dragnet is Generating More Outrage in Germany Than America (alternet.org)
- What NSA Transparency Looks Like – ProPublica (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- Germany’s Merkel rejects NSA-Stasi comparison (thestate.com)
- NSA Admits Agents Purposefully Violated Spy Rules (theblaze.com)
- It Has Come to This: German Gov’t Official Accuses U.S. of Stasi Tactics Ahead of Obama Visit (theblaze.com)
- German government: Windows 8 contains U.S. NSA snooping back doors; too dangerous to use (macdailynews.com)
- US looks even more like Stasi at news of Berlin cooperating with NSA (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Germans Hail Snowden as NSA Evokes Stasi Seizing Lives of Others – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)