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German NSA Inquiry Considers Typewriters
The Local ^ | 14 Jul 2014

Posted on 07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes.

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Germany's politicians are considering going back to using old-fashioned typewriters to create sensitive documents, head of the inquiry committee Patrick Sensburg told ARD broadcaster on Monday.

“Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening,“ said Sensburg of the Christian Democrats (CDU).

“And of course we have to keep our internal communication secure, send encrypted emails, use encrypted telephones and other things, which I'm not going to say here of course."

When asked whether the committee members had considered ditching word processing and going back to manual paper and ink typing machines, Sensburg said it had certainly crossed their minds.

"Definitely we have [thought about using] a manual typewriter," he said.

The committee is tasked with investigating the activities of foreign intelligence agents in Germany in the wake of the spying scandal resulting from the Edward Snowden leaks last summer.

The committee itself is also believed to be a possible NSA target.

Intelligence agencies may have been targeting at least two members' phones, Spiegel magazine reported on Monday.

Sensburg's interview comes just days after it emerged that two suspected US spies had been planted in the German intelligence agency and the country's Defence Ministry.

In response, the government asked the US intelligence chief in Germany to leave the country, but by Monday the US Embassy had not yet informed the German Foreign Ministry if the station chief had gone.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: espionage; germany; nsa; technology
Don't they have a few Enigman Machines laying around?
1 posted on 07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

IBM Selectrics give off all sorts of EM waves.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 4:28:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Slings and Arrows
If Germany goes back to using typewriters, wouldn't that mean the NSA won a great victory??



I can see it now: "Dearest Gerhardt, The most unusual thing happened to me last Thursday..."

3 posted on 07/14/2014 4:28:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It was a Dark and Stormy night.....


4 posted on 07/14/2014 4:32:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
It was a dark and stormy night...

hhmmm.... browsers need more built-in fonts.

5 posted on 07/14/2014 4:34:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Paladin2; GeronL; Slings and Arrows

They should encode secret message in David Hasselhoff records, because no American is going to listen to that, and only Germans will. Voila.


6 posted on 07/14/2014 4:38:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Just have to calibrate the microphone to recognize the sound of each keypress and the delay to the letter striking the paper.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 4:38:27 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Just put an XBOX with KINECT in the room.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 4:43:19 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: nickcarraway
That's an ENIGMA machine... see an example at the NSA Museum on I-295 at the MD rt 32 exit.

Using typewriters won't prevent NSA from listening. They have learned how to bug typewriters from the 1982 Russian success in bugging our embassy typewriters. See the archived AP story at http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1986/Soviets-Bugged-Typewriters-In-U-S-Embassy-In-Moscow-With-AM-Counterintelligence-Bjt/id-2d0eba78ccaedfdbb90b515a3bda9ed9
9 posted on 07/14/2014 4:43:42 PM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: mason-dixon

Shhh, don’t tell the Germans that. I just think it would be hilarious to see German leaders using them.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 4:47:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: GeronL

The coast is clear, the cost is clear....


11 posted on 07/14/2014 4:50:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KarlInOhio

Easy to ID typist too.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 4:51:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KarlInOhio
Just have to calibrate the microphone to recognize the sound of each keypress and the delay to the letter striking the paper.

Sweeping for microphones, RF etc., is easy...

Detecting remote wireless phone surveillance, computer hacks is a different animal.

13 posted on 07/14/2014 4:53:30 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: UCANSEE2

HAL: Angela, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

14 posted on 07/14/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: nickcarraway

Lerner checked to see if instant messages could be searched. I wonder if she used a typewriter in her office.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 5:01:41 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Paladin2

The bird has laid an egg, an egg has laid a bird.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 5:04:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Mad Mo’ was a pedophile, the kaaba is toast....


17 posted on 07/14/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Analog.

Yeah, that’ll work

http://www.editinternational.com/read.php?id=47ddf19823b89


18 posted on 07/14/2014 5:10:30 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: KarlInOhio

19 posted on 07/14/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Paladin2

I thought it was a rock... a black, shiny, slimy-wet-with-saliva rock.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 5:24:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

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21 posted on 07/14/2014 5:25:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Years ago the AF had a program, TEMPEST, that was concerned with electro magnetic waves given off by IBM electric typewriters. If you were going to use one of these typewriters for typing something classified not only did you need to secure the ribbon but the typewriter itself had to be TEMPEST shielded.


22 posted on 07/15/2014 6:29:08 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: GeronL
browsers need more built-in fonts

Typewriters have lots of built-in fonts -- just ask Dan Rather.

23 posted on 07/15/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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