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NSA and Germany: a 'Highly Toxic Outrage Cocktail' (Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Switzertland)


"Chancellor Merkel, unlike many of her compatriots, isn't prone to indulging in excessive moral consternation. If she decides to go public in a case like this, one can be sure she has valid reason to do so. Should the accusations prove true, the U.S. government may want to remember a phrase accredited to Napoleon's Chief of Police Joseph Fouché: 'It was worse than a crime; it was a mistake.' To know Merkel's next move on the euro-crisis just a ahead of the media doesn't justify triggering a transatlantic ice age."


By Eric Gujer



Translated By Torsten Meister


November 1, 2013


Switzerland - Neue Zuercher Zeitung - Original Article (German)

Napoleon's Minister of Police Joseph Fouché: After the mistaken execution of Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, in connection with a plot to assassinate Napoleon, he said, 'It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder.' It is a phrase that may apply to the NSA's eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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When latent anti-Americanism and a deep-seated German aversion to the intelligence services are shaken and stirred, the result is a highly toxic outrage cocktail. For weeks in June, Berlin was disgusted about the fact that the NSA had tapped 500 million German computer and phone connections every month. Talk of total surveillance was all the rage until the Orwellian scarecrow fell over: it turns out that the Germans themselves were passing data on to the Americans. Furthermore, the BND (Federal Intelligence Service or Bundesnachrichtendienst) is monitoring Afghanistan and other conflict areas eager to share information with the allies.


Now, however, indignation has abruptly made a comeback, with news that Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone has been monitored. Again, is this much ado about nothing? This time this situation looks more serious. After all, the chancellor's office made its suspicions public, after Merkel personally complained to Obama.


Chancellor Merkel, unlike many of her compatriots, isn't prone to indulging in excessive moral consternation. If she decides to go public in a case like this, one can be sure she has valid reason to do so. Should the accusations prove true, the U.S. government may want to remember a phrase accredited to Napoleon's Minister of Police Joseph Fouché: "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder."


Of course, within boundaries, allied intelligence agencies spy on one another. In this zealous collection of information, friendly governments and corporations are targeted based on the motto: "Those who don't protect themselves are the ones to blame." They all follow this rule. France, whose President Hollande has also complained to his counterpart Obama over the NSA, has a reputation for being exceptionally ruthless when it comes to industrial espionage. This also explains Paris' most recent Defense White Paper, which states in no uncertain terms the importance of the intelligence services in a multipolar world full of terrorists, rebels, and emerging countries.


However, the new complexity, in which the intelligence services play a role similar to that once played by tank divisions and ICBMs, is no excuse for any and all missteps. Even in the world of spooks, a sense of proportion must apply. Targeting the head of state of a close ally should be a no-go. The resulting political devastation far outweighs any benefit. Democratic states, in any event, cannot keep secrets for long. To know Merkel's next move on the euro-crisis just a ahead of the media doesn't justify triggering a transatlantic ice age. After all, the German Chancellery is not the Kremlin.


The impact of the "cell phone rumor" followed by the halfhearted denials of the American side are already being felt. Last week's E.U.-summit addressed the concerns of Berlin and Paris about the allegations. France, usually in the role of "thief," used the opportunity to cry "stop thief!" The European Parliament, concerned over suspicions that the NSA has a back door into SWIFT computers, proposes a suspension of data exchange with Washington. Brazil and Mexico are also furious because of the intrusive curiosity of American intelligence.

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President Obama, who began by showing allies a friendlier face than his unloved predecessor, now has a bona fide diplomatic crisis on his hands. While President Bush took the Europeans seriously and didn't shy away from difficult discussions, Obama, in addressing the political damage, is showing the same indifference that has become a signature of his foreign policy.


Emotions and Interests


The Europeans, despite their ostentatious annoyance, would be wise to dispense with overt anger. Short term emotions are one thing, and long-term interests are another. Even with the Cold War a thing of the past, the transatlantic partners need one another. To suspend a free trade agreement over a cloak and dagger rumor, as called for by notorious chatterbox SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, would be more than foolish. Besides, Europeans know only too well that they are dependent on the security umbrella provided by America's armed forces and intelligence services. Without American satellites and drones, the French invasion of Mali would not have gone so smoothly.


Washington, on the other hand, must realize that unlimited computing power and modern spy software is no substitute for political shrewdness and tact.


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