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U.S.-E.U. Meeting on NSA Surveillance a 'Sham' (De Morgan, Belgium)


"Insiders I spoke to over the last few days see the two-day meeting as a sham. Calling the Americans to order? Yeah right. ... As long as the European Union remains as dependent on U.S. intelligence as it is today, Brussels will never be master of its own house. I don't think this is a healthy situation. Perhaps more European intelligence cooperation is part of the solution. But in the year 2013, we lack the vision and statesmanship for that. The result? Washington is laughing into its sleeve - just like Moscow and Beijing."


By Kristof Clerix



Translated By Marion Pini


July 26, 2013


Belgium - De Morgen – Original Article (Dutch)

European policy makers may not tell their fellow citizens, but they are too dependent on the NSA to do much about its surveillance of Europe.


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Kristof Clerix, journalist at MO* Magazine, writes that as long as the European Union remains as dependent on U.S. intelligence as it is today, Brussels will never be master of its own house. His new book 'Espionage Target: Brussels' will be published in September by Manteau.


Today in Brussels, experts from the European Union and United States will meet for a second day to discuss the PRISM espionage scandal. It's about time. The disclosures of the unprecedented global intelligence operation made by whistleblower Edward Snowden date back nearly seven weeks. That the privacy of European citizens is systematically violated on such a large scale and European institutions are directly targeted by U.S. espionage are apparently no reasons to rush. Instead of a rapid, strong and united condemnation of the American NSA's surveillance, E.U. representatives deliberated about who to authorize to enter into talks with the U.S. What an idiotic waste of time. Ultimately, it is a motley crew that will have to put the screws to the Americans of Homeland Security and Justice Department: representatives of the European Council (now lead by Lithuanian President Herman Van Rompuy), the diplomatic service of Catherine Ashton, the European Commission, E.U. anti-terror czar Gilles de Kerchove, one member of the working group on data protection, and ten other experts from E.U. member states - including the president of the Belgian privacy commission, Willem De Beuckelaere. Their message to the American spies: henceforth, please respect European law. The NSA will be impressed.


A Sham


Insiders I spoke to over the last few days see the two-day meeting as a sham. Calling the Americans to order? Yeah right. As so often before, our grandiose European countries are greatly divided about the desired reaction. The United Kingdom, France and Germany - who themselves have an impressive signal intelligence capability - don't want to offend Washington. Just in case their own espionage activities abroad might come to light. Der Spiegel reported only yesterday about the extensive cooperation between the NSA and German intelligence- not a welcome present for Angela Merkel in this pre-election period.



The central reason for Europe's soft reaction and that free trade talks with Washington carry on undisturbed - is that we need the NSA. Senior officials in the European intelligence community admit that we need the intelligence from our Atlantic ally. "All of the most vital security data, from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, come from the Americans," it is said behind the scenes. A liaison officer for a major U.S. service I met in a Brussels café once put it even more sharply: "Who do you think sees to it that no attacks happen here in Belgium? That's me. Me. Do not forget it ..."


Serf of the United States


History repeats itself. The question of whether American spies should be given free rein in the heart of Europe has been raised every few years since the end of the Cold War. During the East-West conflict, we needed the Americans to expose Eastern bloc spying. At that time, intelligence officials in the 1970s anonymously informed the press of how CIA agents walked in and out of state security offices at will. Albert Raes - who took office as Administrator Director General of State Security in 1977  - called out the Americans. He diplomatically pointed out to them in that they had to behave like any other friendly service. Belgium might be a loyal ally, but it was not a serf of the United States.

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It was the same song after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1996, Britain's Sunday Times came out with the news that American spies had hacked into the computers of the European Parliament and European Commission to steal secret information. Two years later, the European Parliament set up a temporary committee of inquiry into Echelon, a global system for the interception of communications via satellite. Listening and reading along are the NSA & Co, and the scandals kept on coming.


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In 2006, American newspapers revealed the existence of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program. The U.S. Treasury Department and the CIA had been given access to SWIFT's database, which secures communications among 10,000 financial institutions in 212 countries from La Hulpe, near Brussels. Now there are Edward Snowden's revelations. And perhaps someone in Belgium should figure out what steps the U.S. secret services have taken -  not only the CIA but the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, since September 12, 2001. Never heard of any of this? That's what I mean.


As long as the European Union remains as dependent on U.S. intelligence as it is today, Brussels will never be master of its own house. I don't think this is a healthy situation. Perhaps more European intelligence cooperation is part of the solution. But in the year 2013, we lack the vision and statesmanship for that. The result? Washington is laughing into its sleeve - just like Moscow and Beijing.


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