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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 robinthakur on 9/18/2013 10:51:51 AM , Rating: 1
There is a difference between some small insignificant country like Germany (no offense meant) and the USA. We are a target.

Seriously? Germany is small and insignificant? Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world, you dolt. America is a target for many reasons, most of them of their own making. A lack of a sense of humour or sense of proportion is however inexcusable, and I'm pleased that at least Angela Merkel saw the humour in it. What is the world coming to when the Germans are the humourous ones and the American's are the ones intercepting everyone's messages and finding trumped up reasons to bomb countries into regime change. Role reversal much?

By retrospooty on 9/18/2013 11:22:43 AM , Rating: 1
". America is a target for many reasons, most of them of their own making"

Totally agreed there. Our govt has made many enemies with their devious actions... I am not excusing it, it sickens me to no end...

My point was only that it wouldn't and shouldn't be allowed here in the USA. You cant fly a remote control helicopter near the president and shouldn't be allowed to. The difference between Merkel and the leader of the free world is a huge one. If you were allowed to fly a remote near the leader of the free world, the leader of the free world would be assassinated on regular basis, it would be absolute chaos, so yes, the difference between the USA and Germany in that regard makes Germany insignificant. Try to put it in perspective.

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