Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP 105 (Mai 2014)
Focus: Secret Intelligence Agencies
The Parliamentary Enquiry Committee and the Intelligence Agencies - an introduction
by Wolf-Dieter Narr
The scandals concerning the NSA (National Security Agency) and previously the NSU (National Socialist Underground) have again raised the question: Who guards the internal security and who protects us from the guardians? Compared with the previous enquiry committees, the NSU commission takes a rather critical view and provides much material. However, the committee does not challenge the system of undercover informants and the intelligence agencies in general.
After the NSU scandal: More power for the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)
by Martina Kant
The BfV played a significant part in the scandal about the National Socialist Underground (NSU). As a reaction to the scandal, however, the Federal Minister of the Interior and the conference of Interior Ministers even try to enlarge the powers of the BfV and to strengthen its role in the network of domestic intelligence. It is planned to strengthen the BfV's function as coordinator and central office towards the Länder agencies and to develop a central database of undercover informants.
Better control of Intelligence Agencies?
by Norbert Pütter
The review of the NSU scandal showed both the failure of police and intelligence agencies, and the insufficient control of intelligence agencies. The parliamentary enquiry committee as a whole and the parliamentary groups in their separate votes thus submitted proposals for the improvement of parliamentary control of domestic intelligence agencies. They are however half-hearted and rather legitimise the increasing role of the intelligence services.
New direction for the Intelligence Services of the Länder
by Heiner Busch
The NSU scandal has led to a loss of legitimacy also of the Länder's intelligence agencies. Northrhine-Westphalia and Bremen have already passed new bills on their "offices for the protection of the constitution", the government of Thuringia has presented a draft. They try to raise the profile of their agencies by presenting them as quasi-educational institutions. Parliamentary control committees work more openly but secret surveillance and the use of undercover informants are going on.
Strategic surveillance by the Federal Intelligence Service
by Jürgen Scheele
The parliamentary control committee of the Bundestag annually publishes data about strategic surveillance of telecommunication (mainly fibre optic cables) by the foreign intelligence service (BND). The evaluation of reports for 2002-2012 shows increasing surveillance alongside decreasing relevance of hits. There is also an increasing risk of comprehensive monitoring ("full take") of telecommunication.
State of surveillance: The NSA Files and the global fightback
by Ben Hayes
One year after the beginning of the revelations by ex-NSA-contractor Edward Snowden, Ben Hayes looks back and provides an overview of what we have learned about mass surveillance of global internet and telecommunication traffic by western intelligence agencies, puts it into a wider political-economic context and discusses chances for a fightback.
Beyond the focus
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