Dear Ms Chancellor, now DO something!

Dear Ms Chancellor,

Just Curio-US (Found on PInterest

Just Curio-US (Found on PInterest)

this post has sat in my outbox for months since I could anticipate your official answer:
“Thank you we will consider your opinion, but the affair has been closed.”

Dear Ms Chancellor, you and me, both we were born in the same country, the GDR.
We lived in it’s dual society and learned to tell the surface from the hidden meaning.
We got to know which rules to ignore, how to find loopholes and how to improvise in order to create some spaces of ingenuity and leeway.
Why? Because GDR’s ruling party, the SED, its border guards, and intelligence, the StaZi, operated on the same moral level: suspecting people for “counter-something” activities against the state and putting them under surveillance in order to let system prevail which only they understood.
Trust was a precious currency.

We know how that state ceased to exist. It was changed from the inside since “we were the people”.

After the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, we were told that all its inhabitants lived under a regime of injustice.
In reunified Germany, we learned the GDR was a dictatorship that ran economically on the wrong track.
We listened to revelations about the StaZi and saw the most prominent figures of the former regime taken to court.
Bureaucrats and entrepreneurs from the West taught us their liberal and democratic values and we, the “Easties” (German for “Ossis”) adapted to it.
Some of us over-adapted since some former GDR cadres and their entourage rose again in the capitalist system.

25 years after the Berlin Wall came down, we are learning that a friend of us, whose liberal and democratic values we share, has put people all over the world under surveillance because our friend suspects everybody for “counter-something” activities that go against our friend’s interests. For this, our friend spent billions of dollars for enhancing its technical surveillance and intelligence capabilities, assigned them to its military complex NSA, shifted control from the public to special courts, and entered into secret data sharing agreements with other intelligence sources of the world.

Day after day, we get a news stream on that same topic with insights, each one more outrageous than the one before.
People get marked by our friend’s intelligence when they visit TOR’s web site or use its applications. Germans remember a time when people got marked for being different.
Germany’s foreign intelligence service BND bent national privacy laws to serve as an “addendum appendix of the NSA”. European commission and parliament willingly nodded through any US request such as handing over EU citizen’s financial and travel data even if that deliberately infringed national laws. German taxpayers got billed several times for our friend’s military actions such as planning its Dagger complex which effectively hammered US’ mass surveillance down into German ground.
Where in the world is a suspect to pay for forfeiting its civic rights without conviction in a fair trial? Right, not even prisoners or war criminals are charged, only those who lose a war. And Germany, a 3rd class party to the NSA, had surrendered even before the digital war begun – back in 1975.

Dear Ms Chancellor, I cannot handle this value clash. Right is left and left is right.
How should I call this affair?
A liberal act for the sake of democratic values? Or shall I follow insiders’ testimonies such as that of William Binney who called our friend’s activities “totalitarian”, “an approach only seen among dictators”?
What was Germany’s official answer to that affair two months before the German elections?
Germany’s then interior minister rebuked the German press of “anti-americanism and naivety”. After consulting US government officials on Snowden’s revelations, the Head of German’s Chancellor’s Office added “In Germany there are no infringements of fundamental rights by the millions, as has been continuously, falsely alleged. The affair is off the table.”
Not until the German press published evidence that NSA tapped your mobile phone did you move, dear Ms Chancellor.

That’s how Germany got its Parliamentary NSA inquiry commitee.
But does that change anything?
I can’t see any legal or political will for change, neither in Germany, nor in our friend’s “land of the free”.
No, Germany still goes round and round on the roundabout.
Mr President, also born in the GDR, how can you demand more civic courage when no government official courageously takes a firm stand for its citizens and against our friend’s behemoth of mass surveillance?
Or does Germany’s trade surplus matter more than millions and millions infringed privacy rights?

The affair has not been closed yet.

Dear Ms Chancellor, dear Mr President, the phase of learning and over-adapting ought to be over.
Stop muddling through, nobody is supposed to be everybody’s darling when political decisions are due.
Political means acting in our national interest. Act boldly. Touch, turn and change. Or get back to our first-time learnings at least: which rules to ignore, how to find loopholes and how to improvise in order to create some spaces of ingenuity and leeway.

Why? Because

we are (still) the people.


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