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  • Germany spied on EU allies: new report

    11/07/2015 1:24:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 07 Nov 2015 12:56 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany's intelligence agency eavesdropped on many of the country's closest European allies, including France, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Britain, according to new reports. Among the targets are several embassies in Germany, and international organizations such as the Red Cross, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. [...] Spiegel, without giving any sources, said Saturday that "the BND had systematically spied on 'allies' across the world, including on the interior ministries of the United States, Poland, Austria, Denmark and Croatia." ...
  • German spy scandal deepens

    10/15/2015 5:08:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/15/2015, 09:11 | Peter Teffer
    The German intelligence service has spied on European and American embassies in ways that may have been beyond its mandate, German media ARD and Spiegel Online reported on Wednesday (14 October). The Bundesnachtrichtendienst (BND) reportedly targeted French and US institutions and eavesdropped on them to acquire information about countries like Afghanistan. The news follows reports in April that the BND spied on France and the European Commission on behalf of the US’ National Security Agency (NSA). But according to the new reports, BND also spied on allies on its own initiative. …
  • Prosecutors launch case against CIA double agent (Germany)

    08/20/2015 10:56:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 20 Aug 2015 16:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Federal prosecutors have brought charges against a former worker at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency who is suspected of passing information to American spies. The 32-year-old former Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) worker is accused of treason, infringing official secrets and corruption after passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in exchange for cash. […] The alleged spy joined the BND in 2007 and worked for the CIA from 2008, they said. He passed documents and confidential internal information about the work and personnel of the BND to his American handlers in exchange for payments totaling €95,000. A search of the accused’s computer...
  • Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list

    07/31/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:03 AM EDT
    A German federal court has ruled that the country’s spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency. A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions. …
  • Opinion: Merkel Must End Devil’s Pact with America

    07/08/2015 2:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2015 – 11:37 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen
    The German-American friendship no longer exists. It may still remain between citizens of both countries, but not between their governments. Perhaps it has always been an illusion; perhaps the United States pulled away over the course of time. But what binds these two nations today cannot be considered friendship. Openness and fairness are part of the essence of friendship, which is about mutual respect and trust. A quarter century after the United States helped the German people restore their national unity, little remains of this friendship. As new documents from WikiLeaks and reporting by Spiegel show, the NSA has been...
  • Merkel summons US envoy over spy claims

    07/02/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 02 Jul 2015 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said. “We confirm that US ambassador [John] Emerson was invited to the chancellery to talk,” the German government source told AFP, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier had asked for the meeting. On Wednesday Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that new documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers. …
  • Obama looks to patch US-German relations on Bavarian trip

    06/07/2015 12:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2015 1:22 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama is aiming to show unity with Western allies on global challenges during an overnight trip to Germany, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel amid enduring anti-Americanism in her country over U.S. spying programs. Obama and Merkel plan to open his visit Sunday with a public display of friendliness, delivering remarks about the U.S.-German alliance before taking a walk through the picturesque alpine village of Kruen to sample the Bavarian food and sights. Then the two plan to meet privately at the nearby site of the two-day summit of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations to coordinate their agenda...
  • Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

    04/26/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 24, 2015 – 07:20 PM | Maik Baumgärtner, Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude, Marcel Rosenbach, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
    It was obvious from its construction speed just how important the new site in Bavaria was to the Americans. Only 4½ months after it was begun, the new surveillance-proof building at the Mangfall Kaserne in Bad Aibling was finished. The structure had a metal exterior and no windows, which led to its derogatory nickname among members of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German foreign intelligence agency: The “tin can.” The construction project was an expression of an especially close and trusting cooperation between the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the BND. Bad Aibling had formerly been a base for US...
  • British spies tell German MPs to back off

    02/05/2015 5:54:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 05 Feb 2015 10:26 GMT+01:00
    British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening. “Without information from British signals intelligence, we would...
  • Legal loophole lets Germany spy on own citizens (if they work abroad for foreign companies)

    11/29/2014 9:09:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 10:20 PM EST
    German lawmakers probing the surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows the country’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its German acronym BND, is normally forbidden from eavesdropping on Germans or German companies. But a former BND lawyer told Parliament this week that Germans aren’t protected while working abroad for foreign companies. …
  • German spies warn ISIS has anti-aircraft weapons

    10/28/2014 11:25:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 27 Oct 2014 08:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s intelligence service believes Islamic State jihadist fighters in northern Iraq possess anti-aircraft weapons that could take down passenger jets, according to a newspaper report Sunday. […] In the briefing, the BND reportedly warned that Islamic State (ISIS) fighters possess portable rocket launchers captured from Syrian army stocks. Some dated from the 1970s, while others were modern and advanced. …
  • Spying Together: Germany's Deep Cooperation with the NSA

    09/26/2014 11:12:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    SPIEGEL ^ | June 18, 2014 – 04:20 PM | SPIEGEL Staff
    Cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and America's NSA is deeper than previously believed. German agents appear to have crossed into constitutionally questionable territory.
  • Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    08/16/2014 1:51:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8-16-2014
    BERLIN — German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton. Der Spiegel reported Saturday that the agency, known by its acronym BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013. The magazine says the agency also recorded a conversation between Clinton and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan a year earlier. Without naming its sources, Der Spiegel says the calls were collected accidentally and the three officials weren't directly targeted.
  • German secret service ‘spied on Clinton’: report (i.e. Hillary while SecState)

    08/16/2014 1:54:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 16 Aug 2014 10:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The German secret service listened in on at least one of Hillary Clinton’s telephone calls when she was US secretary of state, German media reported Friday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) daily and regional public broadcasters NDR and WDR said documents passed to the CIA by one of its moles inside German intelligence show it eavesdropped on Clinton while she was on a US government plane. […] According to the reports, the Clinton intercept was “not an isolated case”, with the German government apparently giving permission for “spying on a NATO partner”, although it was unclear which of its allies was...
  • Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

    07/10/2014 10:22:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 July 2014 | Last updated at 11:55 ET
    The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US. The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians. A German intelligence official was arrested last week on suspicion of spying. An inquiry has also begun into a German defense ministry worker, reports said. “The representative of the US intelligence services at the embassy of the United States of America has been told to leave Germany,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert...
  • NSA investigation: Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

    07/04/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 4, 2014
    An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say. The man is said to have been trying to gather details about a German parliamentary committee that is investigating claims of US espionage. German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details. A spokesman for Ms Merkel said she had been informed of the arrest, as had the members of the nine-strong parliamentary committee investigating the...
  • US private soldiers fighting in Ukraine (Blackwater/Academi)

    05/11/2014 12:05:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    The Hindu Business Line ^ | May 11, 2014 | DPA
    Soldiers from a private US security company with a record of alleged atrocities in Iraq are supporting Ukraine’s security forces in the volatile east of the country, the German newspaper Bild reported Sunday. The report, citing Germany’s federal intelligence agency BND, said 400 of the heavily-armed men employed by the group formerly known as Blackwater were deployed in the vicinity of Lugansk where pro-Russian separatists are seeking self-rule. The BND declined to comment on the report, while the security company -- now known as Academi -- dismissed similar reports in March. Bild reported that according to a BND assessment, US...
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • ‘Snowden testimony would be a disaster’

    11/02/2013 10:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 213 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/02/2013 | Gero Schließ
    “It would be a disaster for American-German relations if Snowden came to Germany and publicly testified before the Bundestag.” What Green MP Christian Ströbele ultimately is hoping for after his surprise visit with Edward Snowden in Moscow would be a nightmare for Stephen Szabo of the German Marshall Fund, as well for the Obama administration. The relationship between the two countries is headed towards “a deep, downward spiral,” says Szabo. This must be stopped. If Snowden were to come to Germany with official blessing, the situation would escalate further, warns the long-time Germany expert and vice-president of the German Marshall...
  • Thousands join German anti-NSA protest

    09/08/2013 2:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 8 Sep 2013 09:00 CET | (AFP)
    Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government’s perceived lax reaction to them. … The protest was organized under the slogan “Freedom Rather Than Fear” and demonstrators carried banners saying: “Stop spying on us” and, more sarcastically: “Thanks to PRISM (the US government’s vast data collection programs), the government finally knows what the people want”. …
  • Germans switch to national email providers after US scandal

    08/29/2013 3:12:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 29.08.13 @ 10:43 | Valentina Pop
    German people are flocking to national email providers and demanding encryption services normally reserved for corporate security in the wake of the US spying scandal, German justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told journalists in Berlin on Wednesday (28 August). “German users have reacted to the NSA [the US’ National Security Agency] scandal by switching to German email providers … and they are demanding encryption of their emails so far reserved to telecom companies. There is a great opportunity for private encryption,” the minister said. She claimed that “some 80 percent have done so” already. …
  • NSA Blowback: German Minister Floats US Company Ban

    08/05/2013 3:07:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 05, 2013 – 01:09 PM | (tmr)
    With the NSA spying scandal continuing to make headlines in Europe, the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has raised the possibility of new, tangible measures to punish corporations that participate in American spying activities. In an interview with Die Welt, the liberal Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for the creation of EU-wide rules to regulate the protection of information, and said that once those rules are in place, “United States companies that don’t abide by these standards should be denied doing business in the European market.”Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said that a package of EU measures is required in order to fight “the widespread spying of...
  • Berlin axes Cold War-era spying accords with US

    08/04/2013 5:19:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    The Local (German edition) ^ | 3 Aug 2013 10:40 CET | (AFP)
    Germany has canceled surveillance accords dating from the late 1960s with the United States and Britain in the wake of revelations about vast US online spying. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday the move was “necessary and proper” amid the debate on data privacy protection sparked by the snooping scandal which also ignited uproar in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue with US President Barack Obama on his June visit and has come under pressure in the run-up to September elections over Germany’s knowledge of it. …
  • Snowden Interview: NSA ‘In Bed Together with the Germans’

    07/07/2013 8:03:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2013 – 08:36 AM
    In an interview to be published in this week’s issue of Spiegel, American intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden criticizes the methods and power of the National Security Agency. Snowden said the NSA people are “in bed together with the Germans.” He added that the NSA's “Foreign Affairs Directorate” is responsible for partnerships with other countries. The partnerships are organized in a way that authorities in other countries can “insulate their political leaders from the backlash” in the event it becomes public “how grievously they're violating global privacy.” … Spiegel reporting also indicates that cooperation between the NSA and Germany’s foreign...
  • Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics over snooping

    06/30/2013 10:41:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | Sunday 30 June 2013 16.55 EDT | Ian Traynor
    Trans-Atlantic relations plunged at the weekend as Berlin, Brussels and Paris all demanded that Washington account promptly and fully for new disclosures on the scale of the US National Security Agency’s spying on its European allies. As further details emerged of the huge reach of US electronic snooping on Europe, Berlin accused Washington of treating it like the Soviet Union, “like a cold war enemy”. … The reports of NSA snooping on Europe—and on Germany in particular—went well beyond previous revelations of electronic spying said to be focused on identifying suspected terrorists, extremists and organized criminals. Der Spiegel reported that...
  • German court dismisses bid for full Eichmann files

    06/28/2013 6:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2013 10:07 PM EDT | Geir Moulson
    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency can keep secret some of its records on Adolf Eichmann, the man known as the architect of the Nazi Holocaust, a court ruled Thursday. The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the intelligence agency was within its rights to black out passages from the files sought by a journalist attempting to shed light on whether West German authorities knew in the 1950s where Eichmann had fled after World War II. Thursday’s ruling followed a decision last year in which the court said the Federal Intelligence Service had to release some files it had previously kept secret. Israeli...
  • Obama’s Soft Totalitarianism: Europe Must Protect Itself from America

    06/18/2013 12:32:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 17, 2013 – 06:09 PM | Jakob Augstein
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama is coming to Germany. But who, really, will be visiting? He is the 44th president of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. He is an intelligent lawyer. And he is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But is he a friend? The revelations brought to us by IT expert Edward Snowden have made certain what paranoid computer geeks and left-wing conspiracy theorists have long claimed: that we are being watched. All the time and everywhere. And it is the Americans who are doing the watching. … We’re currently in the...
  • The German PRISM: Berlin Wants to Spy Too

    06/18/2013 12:07:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 17, 2013 – 01:46 PM | (Spiegel staff)
    Just a few days ago, the man whom many Germans now see as one of the greatest villains in the world visited Berlin. Keith Alexander, the head of the world’s most powerful intelligence operation, the National Security Agency (NSA), had arranged meetings with important representatives of the German government … Why is the German government reacting so calmly to something that it should find alarming? Perhaps because these revelations are nothing new for it? Because the Germans would like to enjoy the same capabilities that PRISM affords the Americans? Or because our friends from the other side of the Atlantic...
  • US missile shield not targeting Russia, Bulgaria says

    02/17/2010 6:40:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 187+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space War
    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on Wednesday played down Russian protests over Sofia's plans to join a United States missile shield in Europe. "This shield is not directed against threats coming from Russia. On the contrary, the threats that exist for us equally exist for our Russian friends," Mladenov told bTV television. "We have to find a way to protect us all," he added. Bulgaria said last week that it favoured new US plans for a shield in Europe to counter missile threat from Iran and the Middle East. But the announcement angered Russia, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanding...
  • German intel: Iran could have nuclear bomb in six months

    07/16/2009 1:19:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 934+ views
    SNIPPET: "BERLIN - Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency believes Iran is capable of producing and testing an atomic bomb within six months, much sooner than most analysts estimate, according to a report in German weekly Stern. The report, which quotes BND experts, says the agency has information supporting the view that Iran has mastered the enrichment technology necessary to make a bomb and has enough centrifuges to make weaponised uranium. “If they wanted to, they could detonate an atomic bomb in half a year’s time,” the story quoted a BND expert as saying. The BND did not return two calls...
  • How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq (3 articles from Der Spiegel)

    03/24/2008 5:03:10 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 6 replies · 415+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 24 April 2008 | various
    How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq Five years ago, the US government presented what it said was proof that Iraq harbored biological weapons. The information came from a source developed by German intelligence -- and it turned out to be disastrously wrong. But to this day, Germany denies any responsibility......(Der Spiegel)   German Intelligence Was 'Dishonest, Unprofessional and Irresponsible' - Interview with David Kay (Der Spiegel)   'The Germans Share in the Responsibility'- Interview with Lawrence Wilkerson (Der Spiegel)
  • Constitutional state? Rather not!

    06/17/2007 3:44:11 PM PDT · by DTA · 2 replies · 292+ views
    The Kosovo on the way into independence Constitutional state? Rather not! Jürgen Roth The Kosovo is on the way into independence, which cannot please three leaders of the country. The world week is present a secret paper, which occupies, how the Politgrössen dominates the organized crime. They found support for their mafiösen business also in Switzerland. If the negotiations begin shortly over the international-law status of the Kosovo, the most burning problem will not be topic: the connection between political decision makers and powerful criminal clan in the Serbian province, which is administered since 1999 by the UN. So three...
  • Bush Receives Hero's Welcome in Albania

    06/10/2007 4:35:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies · 2,954+ views
    My Way News ^ | June 10, 2007 | Jennifer Loven
    President Bush, enthusiastically welcomed as the first U.S. president in this former communist nation, served notice Sunday he is running out of patience with Russia's objections to independence for neighboring Kosovo. "Sooner rather than later you've got to say 'Enough's enough - Kosovo is independent,'" Bush said, telling Albanians what they wanted to hear. He said independence was a certainty. Nearing the end of an eight-day trip, Bush got a hero's reception in this desperately poor country, still struggling to recover from being cut off from the rest of the world for four decades under the harsh rule of dictator...
  • BND consultants facing prison time[Chinese illegals, S. Texas Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz (D)]

    06/11/2006 7:16:45 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 1,742+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | June 11, 2006 | EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO
    Couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Consultants who took Brownsville Navigation District officials to China and paid U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz’s travels to the Far East are facing possible prison time after recently pleading guilty to an immigration plot involving Chinese nationals. Sixty-four-year-old Kenneth D. Cohen, a Houston businessman and board member of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, and his wife, Ping Lee Cohen, 54, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in federal court in Houston. “Mr. Ortiz was deeply disappointed that Ken and Ping broke the law, and the judge will decide...
  • Papers: CIA knew of Eichmann whereabouts

    06/06/2006 2:48:47 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 39 replies · 911+ views
    AP ^ | June 6, 2006 | HOPE YEN
    Determined to win the Cold War, the CIA kept quiet about the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the 1950s for fear he might expose undercover anticommunist efforts in West Germany, according to documents released Tuesday. The 27,000 pages released by the National Archives are among the largest post-World War II declassifications by the CIA. They offer a window into the shadowy world of U.S. intelligence — and the efforts to use former Nazi war criminals as spies, sometimes to detrimental effect. The war criminals "peddled hearsay and gossip, whether to escape retribution for past crimes, or for...
  • German spies 'gave Iraq secrets to US'

    02/27/2006 6:33:04 PM PST · by adamsjas · 14 replies · 1,265+ views
    News.Telegraph ^ | 28/02/2006 | Francis Harris
    German spies handed Saddam Hussein's war plans to the Americans while their government was denouncing the planned attack, it was claimed yesterday. The documents were transferred as the coalition completed its invasion plans in February 2003. A month later, American and British forces entered Iraq. The claims, in yesterday's New York Times, were swiftly denied by German officials. The paper said that a classified American military document referred to Saddam and his aides meeting in late 2002 to radically amend Iraq's war plans. They had wanted an invading army slowed and deflected by Iraq's military en route to Baghdad. But...
  • Port counts $9.2 million in bridge project as a loss [nonexistent South Texas bridge]

    12/09/2005 1:39:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 407+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | Dec 09, 2005 | EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO
    December 9, 2005 — The Brownsville Navigation District is now saying it lost $9.2 million spent on the failed rail bridge project. The port is now being “brutally honest” to itself, taxpayers, bondholders, creditors and the public, said BND Chairman Peter M. Zavaletta. The board acknowledged the loss Wednesday when it approved the audit of the 2005 fiscal year that accountant Carlos Barrera of Long Chilton LLP presented. “This action rejects the Enron-style of denial and deception and is a continuing attempt on our part to come clean with this entire bridge controversy,” Zavaletta said Thursday. Recognizing the loss, however,...
  • District attorney investigates BND spending (Texas Bridge to Nowhere)

    06/12/2005 8:20:30 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 377+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | June 12, 2005 | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    Villalobos looks into ‘red flags’ on bridge project — A team of county and state investigators will delve into a spending report on the Port of Brownsville’s commercial bridge project that consumed $21.4 million in taxpayers’ money but never materialized. The investigation, conducted by the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and a Texas Ranger, will look into “red flags” that surfaced when authorities discovered the firm that headed the project set up contracts with stockholders and corporations it does business with. District Attorney Armando Villalobos referred to the act as “self dealing,” and said the case will be brought before...
  • German MPs want answers to army's failures in Kosovo

    11/28/2004 4:09:37 AM PST · by Jane_N · 5 replies · 478+ views ^ | 27/11/2004 | By Hannah Cleaver
    German MPs examining their army and intelligence service in Kosovo before the ethnic violence in March want to know why they did not follow up a tapped telephone call in which an Albanian extremist urged his allies to prepare a "hot party". Senior German army officers used several internal reports after the violence flared to make assurances that they would have acted differently and been able to provide the necessary protection for Kosovo's Serb minority if they had had the slightest forewarning. But it has emerged that an imminent security threat may have been on their desks. A parliamentary commission...
  • German intelligence “knew plans for Kosovo violence”

    11/19/2004 9:56:00 AM PST · by dj_animal_2000 · 55 replies · 3,117+ views
    BERLIN -- Friday – Germany’s intelligence service was aware of Kosovo Albanian plans for the violence which swept Serbia’s southern province in March, according to German media. Television ZDF claims that intelligence agents had the information several weeks before the outbreak which left 19 people dead, a large number injured and hundreds of houses and church buildings destroyed. Three weeks before the violence, intelligence services intercepted a conversation in which an Albanian spoke about preparations for an attack on Serbia, said ZDF, quoting intelligence documents. The same person, according to the report, claimed to be in contact with Al-Qaida and...
  • BND German intelligence, a bunch of toaster selling trash pickers...

    09/15/2004 2:07:32 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 4 replies · 514+ views
    The Independent | 15 September 2004 | Tony Paterson
    "Germany's federal prosecutors confirmed yesterday that they had begun an investigation into Norbert Juretzko, 50, a former agent for the BND foreign intelligence service, whose whistleblowing critique of his former employers was published last week. Mr Juretzko's 382-page work, Fit For Certain Duties Only" "Its revelations have so embarrassed the BND that the service has taken steps to prosecute. "An intelligence service cannot accept a situation in which a former agent betrays secrets of the service and endangers sources," August Hanning, the BND's president, said last week." "Mr Juretzko's account begins in 1990 when the BND decided that a camper...
  • German spy chief sees al Qaeda regrouping (says Iraq imported chemicals to make WMD's before war)

    07/23/2003 2:32:41 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 204+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 23 2003 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency was quoted on Wednesday as saying al Qaeda was regrouping and still posed a threat. August Hanning, head of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), also told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper he believed that both ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden were still alive. Hanning said German intelligence believed bin Laden was hiding in the border region between Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Pakistan and his al Qaeda network, which Washington blames for the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities, was preparing for...
  • Iraq has mobile 'bioweapons labs' (German intelligence service believes)

    02/02/2003 6:11:05 AM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies · 350+ views
    The Australian ^ | Februari 02 2003
    GERMANY'S intelligence service believes Iraq has mobile laboratories capable of developing and producing chemical and biologial weapons, according to a German weekly magazine. The laboratories are hidden in trucks that appear completely normal from the outside, Focus magazine says, quoting the results of an investigation by the intelligence service, BND. A BND spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the report. Focus says BND officials gave details about the laboratories to the foreign affairs committee of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in November. The head of the BND, August Hanning, told the deputies the Iraqi government had...