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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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And that's why
By terrorklampfer on 9/18/2013 12:41:06 AM , Rating: 2
The 23-year-old pilot was briefly detained, but was released. No charges have been filed yet

And that's why I love to live in Germany!

RE: And that's why
By Mitch101 on 9/18/2013 10:27:01 AM , Rating: 1
Keep talking It might be time to move the family line back from which they came.

RE: And that's why
By superstition on 9/18/2013 2:09:21 PM , Rating: 4
Sometimes great leniency doesn't seem to fit the crime, though:

Memories of Monica Seles' stabbing and how it changed a career

quote:'s been 20 years since Monica Seles had her career maimed and dismantled on a court in Hamburg, Germany...try to remember her historic effect on women's tennis.

...a German man named Gunter Parche approached the court during a changeover, grabbed a nine-inch boning knife with two hands and stabbed Seles in the back -- his mission was horrifyingly complete: Steffi Graf, the object of his obsession, eventually regained the No. 1 ranking from Seles, then just 19 and sensationally on the rise.

Over the course of two trials, Parche was deemed to be so deranged as to be incapable of reason and no longer a threat to anyone. He never served a moment of jail time.

What's lost, in the pile of emotional residue, is Seles' place in the pantheon. The statistical evidence is quite impressive .... Seles' name rarely surfaces in discussions about the all-time greats, and that's a terrible shame, for she had as much on-court impact as any player in history.

There was a 19-month wait between trials, during which Parche was free to live his life with no probation restrictions. And when he came up for a second trial, promising never to hurt anyone again, the judge found his words "absolutely believable."

...the tormented Seles was left to ponder the preposterous injustice of it all, often finding herself retreating into darkness and sobbing uncontrollably. Through months of what she described as "total depression," gaining weight and haunted, Seles rarely addressed the notion of returning to the court.

RE: And that's why
By roykahn on 9/19/2013 7:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
...the tormented Seles was left to ponder the preposterous injustice of it all, often finding herself retreating into darkness and sobbing uncontrollably.

I think you meant "grunting uncontrollably."

I reckon that guy thought his knife was a power switch for a sound amplifier, so he was merely trying to turn off the grunting sound. He was trying to off her.

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