EU Wants Unlimited Spying in the Name of Fighting Terrorism
What do globalists do when they are unmasked and revealed to the public? Do they capitulate and hide behind their secrecy? No, they double down. When it comes to cybercontrol, Germany and France, two failed European States, are at the head of a movement to promote spying on people and gain more control over private information in the name of “fighting terrorism”.
The EU plans to tighten control over electronic communications as a ‘counter-terrorism tool’.
National and European authorities say they detect gaps in their ability to access certain content (eg. encrypted messages) and want to require companies to increase cooperation in this area.
Germany and France have presented a joint proposal that the ministers of the Interior will debate on December 9 in Brussels.
European countries say they face “insurmountable obstacles” when they have to knock on the door of an electronic provider (from telephone companies to instant messaging firms) and ask for access to the messages of suspected terror suspects.
This is the reasoning presented by the German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, and French, Bernard Cazeneuve, in a joint letter addressed to the community authorities involved in the matter.
The adherence to this initiative being pushed by Germany, shows that the so-called terrorism threat in Europe has weakened the traditional defense of privacy.
Ministers complain about the difficulties they face in engaging companies in this strategy, especially when they do not have their main headquarters in the European Union.
“The establishment of a genuine link between authorities and service providers must become the norm,” the ministers demand.
To this end, they propose that each company designates a liaison person acting as an interlocutor for the authorities.
They also advocate strengthening the legal obligations of these firms to respond to the requirements of police and judges.
At present, access to electronic data depends basically on the will of the firm contacted.
The Franco-German text highlights that “too often” authorities are faced with denials by companies to cede data.
At the same time, that resistance is key to gaining the confidence of users, who do not want to see their data exposed to the public or the unwarranted spying of their personal information by government agencies.
Even when the key is given to the authorities to access such communications, the response comes very late, the minsiters say.
Berlin and Paris say that they want to streamline the process to stop possible terrorist attempts whose details are communicated through tools like WhatsApp.
Aware that the road is even more tortuous when the company is not European, the ministers of the Interior ask companies to store their customers’ data from the EU somewhere that guarantees direct cooperation with the national authorities.
Nowadasy, most Internet giants have their headquarters in the United States.
The initiative also calls for improvements in an area where cooperation has already begun. For example, the withdrawal of information from social networks and other forums for public access to messages that promote terrorism (for example, when messages that circulate supposedly highlight terrorist acts or broadcast videos that incite violence).
Ministers refer directly to the European Commission and the other Member States to do something in the coming months.
At the moment, the Community executive has stepped up the voluntary route, with a forum of companies that brings together Brussels and the Member States with the most important tech players: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and others. The objective is to raise awareness about the need to ‘cooperate’.
This forum, formed a year ago, meets precisely on Thursday, a day before ministers discuss the need to go further in this strategy.
The encryption of messages, which makes them invisible to anyone other than the user, worries the authorities. Encryption is the last bastion against government spying. If tech companies give open access to encrypted messaging, users will lose their last tool to keep Big Brother out of their private lives.
“The use of encryption deprives security forces of crucial evidence,” says a community document that aims to encourage debate. What the document does not say is that most systems such as Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones are built with back doors that allow spying agencies to collect not only metadata, but the content of the email. What they EU governments are trying to do is simply codify what they are already doing illegally, behind closed doors.
The overwhelming majority of Member States are encountering encrypted messages in the context of criminal investigations.
The EU believes that companies are legally obliged to provide key security tools to decrypt, EVEN WITHOUT A WARRANT. In practice, it is not so clear.
Ultimately, States need the help of businesses, because they say that they lack “financial resources and staff capacity to solve the problem, the report admits.
Put simply, EU States, encouraged by the European Union bureaucracy, which is controlled by technocrat globalists, want a clear mandate to be able to spy freely on everyone and everything, much in the style shown in the 2012 James Bond movie, Sky Fall, where a cabal known as Spectre seeks total and unlimited access to everyone’s information.
Reality is not so far from fiction. Fiction resembles reality.
Luis Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 20 years and almost every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, geopolitics, globalisation, health, corporate control of government, immigration and banking cartels. Luis has worked as a news reporter, On-air personality for Live news programs, script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news.