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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

German Parliamentarian Wants Government to Use Typewriters to Evade NSA Spying

Posted by on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

TIME reports:

A leading German politician has suggested that typewriters will be used to write confidential documents, in the wake of the U.S. spying scandal.

Patrick Sensburg, head of the German parliament’s enquiry into NSA activity, said that email may soon become redundant, in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV show Monday night.

Faced with the incredulity of the interviewer, Sensburg insisted that his announcement wasn’t a joke. He added that should German politicians adopt typewriters, they’ll be using manual, not electronic, models.

Sensburg said that ongoing U.S. monitoring of Germany necessitated the change in operation.

So we're driving the Germans to use old-fashioned typewriters and...possibly into the arms of Vladimir Putin: "At the moment, German sympathy for Putin is partly derived from the sense that the United States isn't much better, and that it is prepared to violate international law if it happens to further its political ends," write a trio of reporters in the latest issue of the German magazine Spiegel, on the country's increasingly frayed alliance with the United States.


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Germany cozeying up to Russia? What could possibly go wrong...
Posted by usagi on July 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
Why don't they just use laptops without connectivity?
Posted by Dougsf on July 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
CodyBolt 3
Do.. do they know about camera phones..
Posted by CodyBolt on July 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Oh please, the FSB will spy the shit out of the Germans, just like we do. And the German's security services will be spying on anyone and everyone they can, ally or enemy, and if they didn't, Germany should fire all their spooks. This idea that "gentlemen don't read other people's mail" is bullshit. If allies didn't spy on allies, Jonathan Pollard wouldn't be sitting in prison.
Posted by Westside forever on July 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Ryan in the sky 5
This is awesome.
Posted by Ryan in the sky on July 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Everybody spies on everybody. Stop being ridiculous.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Unregistered User 7
I would be amazed if there was not even a trace of spying on the US being carried out by the German government, never mind a discussion about scale. As an aside, Russia and Germany already have a long and complicated history together if you'd like to know more:…
Posted by Unregistered User on July 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
fletc3her 8
The problem isn't so much that we spy on Germany, but that we spy on Germany and then we allow the material obtained to be passed to the newspapers in the world so it embarrasses the leaders. A good spy agency would have some security to prevent this shit storm from happening.

We've put them in a rather difficult position. The NSA has their fingers in hardware design, low-level encryption design, network router design. Companies like RSA have shown to be compliant with NSA demands. So, if you want to guarantee the NSA can't trivially decode your communications you have to avoid using any off-the-shelf chip designs by Intel or Motorola, any open source encryption libraries, any proprietary encryption libraries, etc. So, yeah, typewriters.
Posted by fletc3her on July 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 9
Secure this, Germany: Transmission happens after content creation: Type it up, then copy, scan, fax, photograph or even courier it and your messages are susceptible to being intercepted.

The best solution would be an opaque cone of silence in which sign language was used.
Posted by ScandalMgr on July 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM · Report this
This is ridiculous. In our current world there is about a 0% chance of losing our close relationship with Berlin. We all spy, and we're all being spied on…and our politicians are obligated to be insincerely outraged by it.
Posted by shotsix on July 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Each typewriter key has a unique sound when pressed.


Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
seandr 12
Germany is just playing dumb to throw us off. Keep in mind, these are the people that invented the Enigma machine.
Posted by seandr on July 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Don't blame Germany for brass tactics. Whats next they start breaking down our doors. This is crazy working with
local police so the NSA can pull data off your phones while diving down you
street, the TSA making us turn on our phones at the airports. Reading
our email, except for Lois Learners, looking at all our searches on the
internet. Building a gigantic facility in Utah for recreation. The
Soviet Union would still be in power if they had all this technology. Us the non tracking leave me alone search engine. Oh and the drones watching and listening to everything we do.
Posted by Roper123 on July 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM · Report this
AmericanPrivacy 14
This only confirms what we've been saying since Day 1. The NSA plays both sides of the fence acting as a cryptographic standards setter and also as a code-breaker. In simple terms, they play both offense and defense and by putting in and/or exploiting back doors allows criminals a way in as well!
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Posted by AmericanPrivacy on July 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM · Report this

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