Accuracy in Media

The media are full of stories about “two allies,” the U.S. and Germany, in a controversy over alleged “U.S. espionage” against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. All of the fingers are pointing at the NSA, and now the CIA, whose station chief in Berlin has reportedly been told to leave.

The Washington Post reported, “In ordering the CIA station chief to leave, Germany resorted to a form of retaliation that is occasionally employed by espionage adversaries such as the United States and Russia, but rarely by such a close ally.”

But where is the evidence that Germany under Merkel is such a close ally?

The paper fails to cite the evidence that Merkel is regarded with suspicion because she came out of East Germany, when it was a Communist state, and hid a very important aspect of her early life—as a propagandist for a communist youth group.

Breitbart picked up the controversy in a story headlined, “Questions raised Over Merkel’s Communist Past.”

Even without this damaging information, one has reason to be suspicious about Merkel.

If you continue reading the Post and take a look at the paper’s editorial on Ukraine, you might get a different impression of our “ally.”

It starts out by saying that “Ukraine’s new leader is making progress in regaining control over eastern areas of the country that were seized by Russian-backed insurgents, but he’s getting no help from the United States or the European Union.” The European Union (EU) primarily means Germany and France.

It says Russia’s Vladimir Putin “can only be encouraged by the fecklessness of the European Union and the United States,” another clear reference to Germany and France, as well as the Obama administration. It goes on to complain that “German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are leaning on [the Ukrainian President] Mr. Poroshenko to stop trying to regain control over his country” from Russian forces.

In other words, they are working on Putin’s behalf.

So if Merkel is working on behalf of Putin, why shouldn’t the German government be under surveillance? And perhaps France as well?

Referring to “crippling unilateral sanctions on Russia” that can be imposed by the West, the Post editorial says, “If the Ukrainian government can act [against Russian forces] without the permission of France and Germany, so can the United States.” But it’s doubtful that Obama will do anything significant to thwart Putin’s war drive.

Earlier in the editorial, the Post says that “Germany and France have been pressing for a cease-fire and peace talks [in Ukraine] that would include the rebels, Russia and Ukraine but not Western governments.”

In other words, they want to settle the conflict on terms agreeable to Russia.

Hollande is a socialist and his political party is a member of the Socialist International. By contrast, Merkel represents the supposedly “conservative” Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

M.E. Synon, the Europe correspondent for Breitbart London, writes, “Some Americans are now asking: was there a good reason the US needed to keep an eye on Merkel’s private conversations?” Yes, indeed.

In our column, “The NSA, Glenn Greenwald, and Angela Merkel,” we noted that, “Merkel, who grew up in the formerly communist East Germany and spent 35 years of her life under the dictatorship, is the subject of a book by Günther Lachmann and Ralf Georg Reuth titled, The First Life of Angela M., which suggests that she had deeper ties to the communist regime than previously known or acknowledged.”

The strange thing is that the Post and other “mainstream media” will not breathe a word about the book, The First Life of Angela M.

However, the Post “news” article about the controversy between the U.S. and Germany goes on to report, “Hans-Christian Ströbele, an official in Germany’s Green Party and member of the parliamentary inquiry, described the CIA expulsion as ‘a necessary symbolic act to show our friends on the other side of the Atlantic how serious this matter is.’”

Friends? Who is this Ströbele?

Our column, “Edward Snowden’s Communist and Terrorist Friends,” notes that he is a prominent German lawyer who represented the communist terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhof Gang—also known as the Red Army Faction (RAF).”

The RAF was supported by East Germany and the Soviet Union.

These facts are reminiscent of an old English Proverb: With friends like these, who needs enemies?

So what we need from the media, at least from their news departments, is a definition of the term “ally.”

Instead what we are getting is media pressure on the U.S. to accommodate Germany’s concerns and “heal the rift.”

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  • Erudite Mavin

    Just some of the Snowden – Greenwald agenda of breaking up any form of ally the U.S. may have with the NSA meme.
    If any Soviet connection by Merkel from the East Germany days would be typical of most at that time. When I was in East Germany in 1983, the Communist control was so thick and controlling. You watched carefully your every move.
    I stood next to Soviet soldiers in the Platz in Leipzig and Wittenberg.
    Churches were padlocked. Only a few opened re Luther’s 400th anniv.
    The Schloßkirche, St. Thomaskirche, and a few others.
    If an East German family were exposed as a secret Lutheran, their kids
    could not go to University.
    I don’t believe many will understand what Reagan did in calling for Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall because people of the recent decades did not know or understand the oppression of Soviet Eastern Europe.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Both World Wars were the consequence of American racketeering in Germany – I guess if history had a voice , they would want all the American spies to leave too –

  • boysenberry

    People in the United States have no clue what it is like to grow up in a communist regime. You do what you can to survive, you keep your mouth shut, you know even neighbors or family members could report you. You would end up in work camp or worse, if the Stasi found out.
    It was expected of young people to join certain youth groups otherwise you’re suspect. You really didn’t have a choice, that’s what communism is.
    Everyone was afraid.
    Americans have no clue.
    Angela Merkel went through all this. She is a highly intelligent and honorable person and well liked by the Germans. She has been an excellent leader for Germany.She also knows who she can trust at this point and guess who she doesn’t?
    It looks like a smear campaign is in the making against her by the usual suspects, who do it so well.

  • Douglas Mayfield

    Given that Obama and those he appointed have consistently embraced socialist, fascist, and communist tyrannies around the world and dismissed or actively undermined countries in which there is respect for freedom and individual rights, it’s no surprise that America is in trouble.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Yes. My point was not support or bashing Merkel but also explaining what I saw and felt when I was in Communist controlled East Germany in 1983 for a number of days.
    It was bad enough for those who followed the Soviets but those who did not like the Soviets felt like they were running through a mine field each day to get by.
    This is something the general American public will not understand.
    Thanks to the PaulBot Snowden and his Marxist mouthpiece,
    Greenwald, they have caused a divide with Germany and the U.S. which was part of their agenda.