Pirate Party Crashes Spy Drone in Front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel
September 17, 2013 6:57 PM
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German Chancellor gets a taste of how it feels to be spied on
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 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
U.S. National Security Agency
. 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.
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She's really brave.
9/18/2013 12:38:05 AM
if I were prime minister of a G7 country, I would have ducked under cover at the sight of the thing, just in case. Sure, it was most likely not explosive, but there's always the chance...
RE: She's really brave.
9/18/2013 11:17:20 AM
The chance, at least in Germany, being significantly lower than the chance of a random car you see on the road being driven by a drunk guy who is about to loose control and kill you with his vehicle.
The worst attacks committed against politicians in Germany tend to involve the throwing of food. Politicians on the other hand have no problems to kill with their social policies - more than 10.000 dead in Greece just last year, and Merkel isn't happy yet.
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