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German Chancellor gets a taste of how it feels to be spied on

Germany's local Pirate Party gave a German Chancellor Angela Merkel a scare and then a chuckle on Tuesday during Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign rally in the city of Dresden.  (Germany votes in a national election on Sept. 22.)

To protest the EU's use of surveillance drones -- including a recently shuttered local program that cost German taxpayers 500M € ($667.8M USD) -- a Pirate operator flew a small unmanned drone over the crowd up to the podium where the Chancellor was speaking.  

The drone appeared to take photos and video of the chancellor, who cracked a smile at the unusual sight.  Her defense minister to her left (in the right of the image) looked not so amused.  The super serious defense minister's face was locked in a severe frown at the sight.

Eventually police sighted the operator, and took him into custody, leading the drone to crash harmlessly.  The 23-year-old pilot was briefly detained, but was released.  No charges have been filed yet.

Chancellor MerkelChancellor Merkel is surprised by a Pirate Party drone guest. [Image Source: TorrentFreak]

Markus Barenhoff, vice chairman of the German Pirate Party, comments, "The objective of the mission was to convey to the Chancellor and Minister of Defence Thomas de Maizière what it’s like to be suddenly observed from a drone."

The reformist German Pirate party has little in the way of campaign cash, but its guerilla campaign tactics managed to score 2.0 percent of the vote in recent national elections -- the most of any chapter of the Pirate Party.  Many Pirate Party politicians have been elected to local offices in Germany, although Germany has put forth no Pirate Party reps (yet) as the Swedish chapter has.

Europeans are currently riled by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal.  German's in particular, were disturbed to learn that the NSA was targeting them at a higher rate akin to the rate at which it typically targets hostile/volatile regions.  The motivation behind the NSA's keen interest in Germany remains unclear.

Source: TorrentFreak

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RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By MechanicalTechie on 9/17/2013 11:50:46 PM , Rating: 5
Whoever stupid enough to try to pull a stun like that well deserves to be in jail

I can’t tell if you are being serious or totally taking the piss.
If you are being serious then my god! Why shouldn't the people demonstrate to their elective representatives in a peaceful way? I suppose you agree with – do what I say not what I do mentality

RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By YearOfTheDingo on 9/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By FaaR on 9/18/2013 10:24:54 AM , Rating: 3
How is what you describe related in any way to anything described in this article?

...That's right, it isn't.

RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By maugrimtr on 9/18/2013 11:57:09 AM , Rating: 3
It's unlikely such a stunt would be pulled in the US for all the reasons above - you'd be afraid of being persecuted and sent to jail on trumped up terrorism charges AND there will be the ignorant morons who think that's "justice".

Violence is never an acceptable form of protest - but flying a harmless plastic "drone" available in any hobbyist store (unless it has a grenade attached, GTA San Andreas style) is not violence or terrorism except to stupid people.

By superstition on 9/18/2013 1:49:46 PM , Rating: 3
Standing up to elites, in any way and especially in public, is considered terrorism by many elites.

RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By YearOfTheDingo on 9/18/2013 1:03:45 PM , Rating: 1
For years, al-Qaeda has been researching the potential use of remote-controlled plane as delivery vehicles of chemical weapon. The following article details just one of the recently uncovered plots:

Anyone who believes that a mock terrorist attack is a valid form of protest deserves either a long stint in jail or a Darwin Award.

By Director12 on 9/18/2013 5:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
Ahhhh, main stream media, "We report, you believe."

RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By Stuka on 9/22/2013 11:42:33 AM , Rating: 2
If everything that terrorists used or did was outlawed, you wouldn't be able to do or have anything. They use computers, cell phones, cars, trucks, planes, buses, cleaning products, tools... they eat in restaurants, they meet in parks, they walk on the streets, they wear clothes which conceal weapons... are you willing to give all of these things up to maybe stifle the remote 1 in 1,000,000,000,000 chance that they could be used maliciously?

By MechanicalTechie on 9/18/2013 7:46:45 PM , Rating: 1
Your clearly a braindead dickhead.

RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
By conq on 9/19/2013 8:25:09 AM , Rating: 1
Right. Why don't you go protest an Obama event with a couple of pressure cookers inside a duffel bag and see what happen?

Do you care to explain how exactly flying a drone at an event as a peaceful protest is anything like planting bombs? I think this must actually General Keith B. Alexander posting under his alter ego, "YearOfTheDingo". If not, it scares me to think there really are normal citizens out there that think this way.

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