HYPOCRITES OF EUROPE: France is Using It’s Own Version of The US PRISM Spy Program

July 5, 2013
(LIDFrançois Hollande said US should stop spying. Le Monde revealed French DGSE use similar snooping means (Reuters)

The French Government has been very angry at the the United States because of the NSA Revelations. Perhaps a bit too angry. The French Newspaper, Le Monde has reported that the General Directorate for External Security does the same kind of data collection as the American National Security Agency’s PRISM but does so without clear legal authority. The system is run with “complete discretion, at the margins of legality and outside all serious control,” the newspaper said, describing it as “a-legal.” Which means unlike the US program there is no court approval. The French Database is available to the various police and security agencies of France, the newspaper reported, and the data is stored for an indeterminate period. The main interest of the agency, the paper said, is to trace who is talking to whom, when and from where and for how long, rather than in listening in to random conversations. Apparently just like the PRISM also record data from large American networks like Google and Facebook according to Le Monde.

Connections inside France and between France and other countries are all monitored, Le Monde reports. The paper alleges the data is being stored on three basement floors of the DGSE building in Paris. The secret service is the French equivalent of Britain’s MI6.

The operation is designed, say experts, to uncover terrorist cells. But the scale of it means that “anyone can be spied on, any time”, Le Monde says.

According to the paper, French officials privately claim the that there was a difference between data collection in the name of security while French officials have been collecting data about American citizens they do not spy on the American Embassy in France (American officials are skeptical of those reassurances, and have pointed out that France has an aggressive and amply financed espionage system of its own).

What makes this revelation particularly hypocritical is just yesterday the French Interior Minister Manuel Valls was the guest of honor at the US Embassy’s 4th of July party, and rewarded the hospitality by making a speech bashing his host’s for the NSA spying program, all the while his country was running a similar program.


Islam versus Europe: Richard Millet Forced to Quit Top Post Over Breivik Essay

September 15, 2012

French writer Richard Millet, who caused an uproar late August for praising Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik in a pamphlet, has had to step down from a top position with France’s prestigious publisher Gallimard, though he remains on the payroll.
A writer who argued in an essay that Norway deserved mass-killer Anders Breivik has been forced to step down from a prestigious role with top French publishers Gallimard.
Richard Millet remains a Gallimard employee, the company stressed Friday, but he will no longer sit on its committee of readers, which helps select books for publication and shapes the output of established writers.
Millet will continue to look after the writers he handled for the publishers, Gallimard said.
It remains to be seen how many of them will want to continue to be associated with him following an outcry over a publication branded “fascist” by a group of 120 writers this week.
Antoine Gallimard, chief executive of the publisher, had written to Millet to express his shock at the end of August, soon after the pamphlet “In Literary Praise of Anders Breivik” was published.
On Monday, Gallimard wrote to the writer once more to remind him that “as a member of the committee of readers, he represents the (publishing) house.”
Millet’s position had been made untenable and he duly announced his resignation from the reading committee late on Thursday.
The writer insists he does not approve of Breivik’s crimes but wrote approvingly of the Norwegian’s 1,500-page online manifesto which outlines his hatred for social democracy, immigration and multiculturalism.
“Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserves,” Millet wrote, arguing that the killer was as much a child of a broken family as he was the product of an ideological-racial divide caused by immigration from outside Europe.
A prolific novelist and essayist, Millet has been the editor of two winners of France’s literary prize, the Goncourt — Jonathan Littel (2006) and last year’s winner Alexis Jenni.
Despite a traditional reluctance in France’s literary world to do anything which could be seen as restricting the freedom of speech, several Gallimard writers had urged the publisher to distance itself from Millet.
In an article for Le Monde this week, to which 120 writers put their names, novelist Annie Ernaux desribed the essay as a “fascist pamphlet that is a disgrace to literature.”

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