It feels strange today to live in the United States as a German. To live in a country which probably monitors all the electronic communication you do, even if it analyzes it or not. To live in a country which secret services are able to monitor all online or phone communication. A country that does not recoils to monitor the government leaders and presidents of other countries. Okay, one could expect that from enemy countries. But not from friends. It is nearly safe the U.S. secret services monitored or monitor the communication of the the german government including chancellor Angela Merkel and 34 other countries. German media are upset in a way I have never seen before. Even conservative editors who mostly have a pro american view point out the political explosive force of this topic. They ask: Are we an enemy of the U.S? Even the main German news TV-show “Tagesschau” doubts the friendship between Germany and the U.S. by calling them our “allegedly american friends”.
After months Merkel starts acting
A world wide war on data
As the german public broadcast documentation “World Wide War” points out, we are at war. At an invisible cyber war with the goal to get as much as data as possible to be able to do better economical and political decisions. It is much easier to negotiate when you know what your opposite exactly wants and is able to do, for example if the topic is an economic free trade zone between the U.S. and Europe. Furthermore you can support your local economy when you know the strenghts, weaknesses and developments of foreign companies. It seems unrealistic that Barack Obama does not know what the NSA and other services do. Instead it probably fits to his current strategy in foriegn politics. Maybe this is the way the U.S. deal with global economic changes, in a time when countries like China, Brazil or India rise and threaten the U.S. status as the only global super power. Maybe it is their way to defend their position. To be fair it is not clear whether nearly every country spies on other countries for economical and political reasons. Probably it is usual in todays digital world. Who knows where Germany spies for which reasons? Nevertheless it is the american secret service NSA who is criticized and not a german. The german public is upset about these spyings, maybe because of the unbelivable imagination that the U.S monitors Germany. The idea that Germany could also spy on other countries is just more unbelivable. Finally we have to be thankful to Edward Snowden to leak all this information. We needed the debate about privacy after all the technological developments of the last decade which totally changed our way to communicate.
We need a stronger European Union