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Germany begs Totalitarian Leader to Dial It Back a Notch or Ten

June 12th, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Change: In July of 2008, Obama visits Germany, delivers his Day The Earth Stood Still-style Citizens of the World Unite speech.

In June of 2013: “Germany to Spymaster-in-Chief Obama: You are on some Eastern Bloc $#!+ right now,” Jim Treacher quips:

Dude? When Germany is telling you to knock it off? Maybe you should listen. I know you won’t, but you should.

Reuters:

German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday, potentially casting a cloud over a visit that was designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary John F. Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

Government surveillance is an extremely sensitive topic in Germany, where memories of the dreaded Stasi secret police and its extensive network of informants are still fresh in the minds of many citizens.

Yeah, Barry will need to update that classic speech a bit: “Ich bin ein Faschist Soziopath.”

Am I the only one who was reminded of the Stasi when the White House started telling us to inform on your fellow Americans who say things that “seem fishy”? Four years ago, you would’ve been called paranoid for likening that to the Stasi. Today, you’d have to be a partisan idiot not to be reminded of totalitarian Cold War tactics.

Well, as I noted in June of 2010, when the fallout from the JournoList scandal was breaking, involving the self-described “Non-Official Campaign” by leftwing journalists to elect Obama in 2008 (and 2012), JournoList member Walter Shapiro wrote an article titled “The Death of JournoList: Does Privacy End at the Edge of Your Thoughts?” I responded by noting that Shapiro’s headline “seems like a rather disingenuous question for a man of the left to ask, as this is where the terrain invariably ends up, the further and further one moves left,” adding, “You wanted East Germany on the Potomac? Might as well have all of the trappings, boys.”

Incidentally, today Politico is reporting that Obama oversaw the “Greatest Expansion of Electronic Surveillance In U.S. History.” (Link safe, goes to Big Journalism.) Without of course noting how deeply Politico was in the tank for Obama in 2008 (and 2012).

I rarely say this, but let’s return to Germany for a bit.  On Monday, Treacher linked to a German Photoshop of Shepard Fairey’s 2008-era “Hope” poster retitled, “YES WE SCAN.” As he wrote, “It took a German to do the job Americans won’t do: Calling a Democrat POTUS on his bull$#!+.”

Ahem.

Admittedly, my effort was nowhere near as cool as the German version, but Tuesday of last week, playing around with some ideas presented in this Photoshop how-to guide (pro tip: buy the hard copy book, not the bollocked up Kindle version), I cranked this out:

obama_hope_matrix_6-4-13-4

By the way, after Obama’s July 2008 speech in Berlin, acting as John McCain’s surrogate, Lindsey Graham joked, “There goes Germany. We’re going to have to get to 270 without Germany.”

That idea didn’t work out too well, so perhaps Graham is taking another try at winning the German vote, as we’ll explore right after the page break.

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During declared war, such as WW II, when the whole populace knows overseas mail, etc. is being censured is not a big deal.

In peacetime, when any criminal, terrorist, paranoid or privacy nut can get and use anonymous cell phones, encrypted email accounts, and such and just ordinary people are using open communications which are being monitored without warrants or probable cause, it is disturbing and disgusting.

Doesn't anyone read about soviet investigations and trials anymore? The parallels are frightening. Just read some Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This has all been done before—in the interest of national security, of course.
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Spying on Americans in mass, treating them like subjects, like potential enemies of the State who must be peeped on and peeped on and peeped on
some more. The East German Stazi had nothing on Herr Obama's NSAstopo. Anyone who does not understand this knows nothing about America's Bill of Rights and Government of the people, by the people and for the people - nothing.
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be really nice if it was US
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1 year ago
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When even the germans complain about you being too much of a big gov totalitarian, maybe you have a problem.
1 year ago
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“The First Amendment right to speak is sacrosanct, but it has limits,” Graham added.

I'm scratching my head over this one.
1 year ago
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My suggestion to Angela Merkel is:
Skip the dinner, and go straight to the movie.
Make certain to watch "Das Leben Der Anderen", the 2006 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, with the sub-titles, including the title "The Lives of Others"

and, mention that the Stasi was also an immoral (albeit real) jobs program, but, using pencil and paper most certainly would have prevented the Boston Marathon bombing.

1 year ago
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To add to the German analogies, all the useful idiots on the Right still insisting that NSA only collects 'harmless metadata' that they would never dream of passing on to Barry Hussein's cronies -- you're like the defenders of the Reichstag in Downfall. Even families of the dead Navy SEALS are credibly accusing the NSA of spying on their calls and have joined the class action lawsuit now. Carping on Glenn Greenwald's neuroses won't change ANY of that.
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"one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi."

Well, yes, and there's good reason for the resemblance.
1 year ago
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I find it hard to believe the Stasi would refuse to actually look at the group of people posing the threat:
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/061213-659753-all-intrusive-obama-terror-dragnet-excludes-mosques.htm

To compare our POS regime to the Stasi is like comparing the Keystone Cops to Seal Team Six.
1 year ago
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Well for one thing, when the Obama capmpaign slogan was, "Forward", what came to mind was Eric Honeker's, East German leader, famous line, which was also, "Forward! Never backwards!" All I said was, "How da' ya' like them bananas?"
1 year ago
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What Graham fails to understand with his clumsy WWII analogy is that the Ameican people understood that their govenment intended to absolutely defeat th Axis Powers, with the term "victory" being unambiguous. They also assumed that the effort would have an actual, definable end to it. Because their faith was rewarded, WWII meant only four years of restricted freedoms. We are now in a permanent state of siege which we refuse to define, provide an end-game for, and even refuse to name. And even with Obama's recent speech that implied this war-we-can't-call-war is about over, there was no hint whatsoever of dismantling the security state. Gee, I wonder why that is?
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Didn't the Germans welcome Dear Leader's Marxism rhetoric with open arms in 2008?

Thanks Aye-holes, ain't pay-back a M-F?
1 year ago
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Barry Hussein and Osama bin Bernanke also stole all their gold and gave it to Government Sachs and JP Metals Masher Morgan to give to the ChiComs.
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'But it can't happen here, no it can't happen here,
Yeah, I've checked it out a couple of times, and
It can't happen here.' - Frank Zappa

There are ways around the PRISM program;
By the time those are made illegal, it will be
too late to act against the US Info-Stasi.
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