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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RE: Behavior soon to be exported....
9/18/2013 7:31:44 AM
Yeah, I wonder what would happen to the operator of a UAV that was buzzing the White House??
Even if the Prez wasn't in residence, I'm thinking the pilot would be spending a bit of time in a federal penitentiary, maybe even taking a one-way trip to Cuba!
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