Germany should ban U.S. contracting companies passing data to NSA-report

BERLIN Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:07am EST

BERLIN Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. contracting companies such as Cisco, which manages much of the German armed forces' data, should be contractually barred from passing sensitive information to the U.S. security services, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives was quoted saying.

German news magazine Focus on Saturday cited Hans-Peter Uhl, parliamentary spokesman on interior policy for the conservatives, as saying Cisco needed to be required by contract not to pass sensitive material to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

He said the German government wanted to monitor U.S. contracting companies more closely in future.

A spokeswoman for the German government declined to comment on the Focus magazine report.

Reports earlier this year that the NSA had tapped phones and emails in Europe, including Merkel's mobile phone, caused outrage in Germany, where memories remain of eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police during communist rule in East Germany.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday tried to strike a middle ground on questions about surveillance practices by the NSA, saying some checks were needed on the system but "we can't unilaterally disarm."

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MurphyMurphy wrote:
200 years from now in a classroom somewhere:

“.. so kids, you can see; Not only would the US coming to the aid of Europe in WWII help stave off a bleak future under fascism, but would in a way save itself 60 years after.

For the lessons learned by Germany in the mid 20th century would be used to rescue the US from it’s own rising fascism in the early 21st century.

Germany knew too well that fascism was marked by these secret marriages between government and corporations in the name of moral authority and security. It saw the process was complete in the formerly democratic USA, and that all authority and oversight had been usurped from it’s people.

And so it battled that fascism with the most powerful weapon known to man at the time. Cold hard cash. International trade, government contracts and encouraging other nations to shop elsewhere.

*bell rings the end of period*

…reading chapter 7 is your homework;

‘The First Great Global Depression, The Second Renaissance and the Fall of Greed.’

You’ll read how the Catholic Church, long ago a force against freedom and liberty, brought us into a new age of compassion, human rights and economic justice.

There will be a quiz first thing tomorrow!”

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