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  • Merkel to Greatly Expand Intelligence Services, Domestic Spy Network

    11/29/2016 3:54:01 PM PST · by detective · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Nov 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed plans to rapidly expand the scope and size of Germany’s intelligence services including its domestic spy agency. Citing cyber attacks and the ongoing situations in Syria and Ukraine, the German Chancellor made the case that the intelligence agencies must cooperate with each other and with their international counterparts to counter what she believes are new threats to Germany, reports Die Presse.
  • Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video

    04/11/2016 10:59:07 AM PDT · by No One Special · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 4, 2016 | Gordon Corera
    In the previously unseen footage, Kim Philby gives a seminar to East German spies A previously unseen video of one of Britain's most infamous spies describing his career as a Soviet agent has been uncovered by the BBC. The tape is of Kim Philby giving a secret lecture to the Stasi, the East German Intelligence Service, in 1981. It is the first time the ex-MI6 officer can be seen talking about his life as a spy from his recruitment to his escape. He describes his career rising up the ranks of MI6 whilst providing its secrets to the Soviet Union's...
  • German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

    04/06/2016 10:47:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2016 12:17 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s hippest young comedian faces a jail sentence of up to five years if Turkey decides to press charges over a poem he wrote insulting its head of state. Jan Böhmermann knew what he was doing when he read out a self-penned poem insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan live on his late night show on Thursday evening. He introduced the piece by speaking directly to the Turkish president. “What I’m about to read is not allowed. If it were to be read in public — that would be forbidden in Germany,” Böhmermann said, before proceeding to perform his “smear...
  • Almost half of Germans want legal maximum wage

    02/24/2016 10:18:06 AM PST · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    The Local DE ^ | 02/24/2016 | Henning Hoffgaard
    A survey published on Wednesday shows 44 percent of Germans want the government to set an upper limit on how much companies can pay their employees. The number of respondents in favour of Germany setting a maximum salary clearly outweighed those who were against it, with only slightly over a quarter saying it was a bad idea. Twenty-nine percent, meanwhile, were undecided, the survey by Die Zeit showed. The idea was particularly popular in former communist east Germany, where a majority of 58 percent said they wanted salaries capped.
  • German journalist-government tells media what it can/cannot report - Cologne sex attacks

    02/05/2016 1:07:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 February 2015 | Corey Charlton
    A former news boss in Germany has claimed the country's media is told what to report on by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. His admission comes as the country grapples with accusations media ignored hundreds of sex attacks committed by migrants during Cologne's New Year celebrations. Dr Wolfgang Herles, the former head of a public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), said journalists are instructed to write news reports that are to 'Ms Merkel's liking'. Dr Herles labelled the situation a 'scandal' during a radio panel discussion on media and freedom of the press, Breitbart reported. Asked if the media landscape had...
  • Second 9/11 Hijacker Tied to Abu Nidal, Iraq

    12/22/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by truthandlife · 37 replies · 355+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/22/03 | Carl Limbacher
    When the London Telegraph reported last week that newly uncovered documents link 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta to Iraq-based Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, it wasn't the first time one of the 9/11 hijackers had been reported to have such ties. In a development that adds evidence to the case that Iraq played a direct role in the worst attack ever on the U.S., reports show that Ziad Jarrah - who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers had discovered they were on a suicide mission - also had ties to Nidal. Like Atta, Jarrah traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where...
  • Oregon To Be First In Nation To Implement Per-Mile Road Tax Program

    03/09/2015 9:39:57 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 93 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/9/2015 | Cameron Aubernon
    With EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles saving consumers money at the pump, Oregon will be the first to issue a per-mile road tax to refill its coffers. Automotive News reports the state will offer two options to its motorists: pay at the pump, or pay a 1.5-cent rate per mile traversed. The latter will be conducted through a device that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD port, then gathers mileage data to determine how much the motorist will pay in tax. Right now, the program — set to begin July 1 — will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership...
  • BND collects 220 million phone records a day (Germany’s intel agency)

    01/30/2015 9:08:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2015 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) collects 220 million pieces of information about foreign phone calls and SMS every day, Zeit Online reported on Friday. According to BND documents seen by journalists, five locations around Germany are used to collect the millions of so-called “metadata” about foreigners’ phone calls. It is not yet clear where the BND obtains this much data. But the parliamentary committee at the Bundestag (German parliament) investigating surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has established that the BND taps satellite communications and internet cables. …
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 “annexation” of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany—officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • East Germany's trade in human beings

    11/06/2014 4:58:05 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6th November 2014 | Gavin Haines
    'People who tried to escape from East Germany during the Cold War could be shot, jailed and tortured. But the government was so short of money that some ended up being secretly sold - to West Germany, the country most of them had been trying to reach in the first place.'
  • Germany may get 1st gov from ex-communist party

    11/04/2014 7:07:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 4, 2014 9:40 AM EST
    Germany has moved closer to getting its first state governor from a party with communist roots as the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall approaches. Germany’s main center-left party, the Social Democrats, said Tuesday a party ballot in eastern Thuringia state showed 70 percent favoring negotiations to join a regional government led by Left Party candidate Bodo Ramelow. […] Ramelow himself wasn’t a communist, but his party is descended partly from East Germany’s communist rulers. …
  • Cancel the Midterms

    11/03/2014 4:12:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 161 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan
    By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that’s almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult. Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote... The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average...
  • National Common Core Database to Track Kids From Birth

    10/09/2014 9:00:59 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 23 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join.... Last spring, parent Lauren Coker discovered that TS Gold assessors in her son's Aurora, Colo., public preschool had recorded information about his...
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Press Helps Obama Censor The News

    09/25/2014 7:00:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    It's not often that the press exposes its own bias. But a Washington Post story this week reveals both the Obama administration's attempts to censor the news and the media's complicity in that effort.
  • First German governor from ex-communist party?

    09/12/2014 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2014 9:11 AM EDT | Geir Moulson
    A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany’s communist rulers. The opposition Left Party hopes to end the 24-year grip of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on the governor's office in eastern Thuringia state Sunday. While his party emerged from the old communist guard, Left Party candidate Bodo Ramelow is anything but a throwback to Soviet times. The 58-year-old, a practicing Protestant and West German native, went east when Germany reunited in 1990 as a labor union official and later...
  • Ohio senator: Boycott Burger King

    08/25/2014 11:47:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 25, 2014 | Peter Schroeder
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is urging consumers to boycott Burger King over reports that the fast food chain is eyeing a tax-cutting move to Canada. Brown, an outspoken corporate critic, said people hankering for a burger should head to Wendy’s or White Castle, two Ohio-based chains that aren’t looking to shrink their tax bill via a so-called “corporate inversion.” “Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” he said in a statement. “Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support...
  • ‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’ launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’...
  • Treasury looks to stop 'corporate deserters' on its own

    08/21/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by W. · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2014 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama doesn't have the authority to simply stop the companies he calls “corporate deserters” from taking up legal residency in low-tax countries. The Obama administration began examining its ability to take executive action to address corporate inversions without Congress because it lacks the support of Republicans. "Unless the U.S. corporate tax rate is reduced to 10 percent or less," Harvey told the Examiner, "it will still be beneficial for U.S. [multinational corporations] to invert."
  • OBAMA: My Highway Plan Is 'Not Crazy, It's Not Socialism, It's Not The Imperial Presidency'

    07/01/2014 1:04:07 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 1 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A rather exasperated President Barack Obama pressed Congress to find a solution to the looming Highway Trust Fund crisis, arguing "it's not socialism" to want to build new highways and bridges in the country. "It's not crazy. It's not socialism. It's not the imperial presidency," -SNIP- "It's not like they've been busy with other stuff! No, seriously," Obama said. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are still divided on both a short-term solution to finance highway projects through the rest of the year and a long-term fix for the shortfall. Two senators introduced a bipartisan plan to incrementally raise the 18.4...