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Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:33:32 AM »
Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
 
Michael Stuchbery
 
8 February 2019
 
Exactly 69 years ago, on February 8th, 1950, the fledgling German Democratic Republic(GDR) officially debuted its security service, dedicated to monitoring and preventing outside influences - particularly from the West.

While the many crimes of Nazism still loom large in the popular imagination, we must never forget that for almost 40 years, many East Germans lived in terror of the Ministerium Staatssicherheit - more commonly known as the ‘Stasi’.

With close links to the Russian intelligence services - specifically the KGB - the new organization was provided with training and equipment by the Soviets. This was in order to root out sources of dissent and identify supposed ‘subversive individuals’ who might work against the ‘socialist dream’.

https://www.thelocal.de/20190208/what-the-stasi-show-about-an-unforgotten-era-of-mass-surveillance
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Re: Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
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Re: Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 12:14:50 PM »
I wonder what PM Merkel remembers.
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Re: Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 12:19:28 PM »
I wonder what PM Merkel remembers.

She doesn't have to remember anything. It's all on Memorex.

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Re: Why Germany will never forget the Stasi era of mass surveillance
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 01:03:07 PM »
I wonder what PM Merkel remembers.

She relies on Pepperidge Farm to remember.  Have you seen her waistline recently?

This headline is screwy.  If the Germans remember Stasi, they remember it as a "good thing."  Like the Holocaust.
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