Angelika Beer, MDL: „Possible terrorist threats – facts, myths and reality“

Crypto – Wars 3.0
The fight to keep our democracy

Dear colleagues, Dear friends,

I think I do not have to explain the digital revolution. During and
after the latter half of the 20th century. Analogous to the Agricultural
Revolution and Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution marked the
beginning of the Information Age.
Nothing has changed live more than the digital revolution. With the
ethic and sociological follow up of the digital revolution until now,
society has not worked on it as much as on the technical development.
This revolution will change our society completely including security
policies and the fight against Terrorism. But we have to act soon if we
want to have some influence in this change. Otherwise the big players,
especially secret services and industries will be the only decision makers.
The use of STUXNET to attack Iranian nuclear program and REGIN, a
powerful Trojan, that infected the USB Stick of a high ranking stuffer
to chancellor Angelika Merkel should act at least as a wake up call for
politicians, especially the international pirate party.

The new and again arising call for retention of data and minimizing of
crypto protection is alarming as this is nothing less than another
attack of the secret services. They want the domination and to prepare
digital wars.
The core question in the security debate after the murders in Paris is
what instruments we are willing to accept for the use by secret services
and the police? And how deep – or not – is the trust, that these rights
will not be misused?
The state has to protect its citizens there is no discussion, but the
means have to be adequate and acceptable. If they are not, this will
mean the destruction of our democracy and the terrorists will have
properly succeeded.

The trust in the authorities is -as a follow up of NSA and NSU- heavily-
to put it polite- disturbed. That the respective authorities had the
necessary knowledge about the offenders in time gives prove, that a lack
of data is not the fact that hindered a successful outcome.

Not at least talking about a successful fight against terrorism is the
starting point, where rational, result- and basic law oriented politics
has to begin. It is a dream and the wish of the surveillance industries
that only a complete monitoring guaranties perfect security. Effective
results until now were only delivered in war zones against terrorists
and if followed on these Meta data will only detect and suppress people
with a political dissent to the government. Horrible scenery!
As long as the relevant authorities are not willing to build up trust,
by at least willing to listen to us and our arguments there cannot be
any support for instruments, which are used for depression.
And as long as there is no prove, which relevant means will bring
definitely a gain in security and human rights, this is and will be an
offence against the citizens and this cannot be accepted.

The intelligence service – according to Snowden – isn’t just trying to
achieve mass surveillance of Internet communication, either. The digital
spies of the so called Five Eyes alliance — comprised of the United
States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — want more.

According to top secret documents from the archive of NSA whistleblower
Edward Snowden, they are planning for wars of the future in which the
Internet will play a critical role, with the aim of being able to use
the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all
the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies,
factories, airports or the flow of money.
In the 20Th century NBC weapons were developed and some banned, but now
we have the Digital weapons! For these there are no international
conventions, only the rule of the strongest applies! A new category of
war has been development!

And there is a massive gap between UN Resolutions on Fight against
terrorism on one hand, including Human Rights which have to be
recognized – and the violence against Human Rights Convention during
current restrictions during the fight against terrorism.

One NSA presentation proclaims that „the next major conflict will start
in cyberspace.“ To that end, the US government is currently undertaking
a massive effort to digitally arm itself for network warfare. For the
2013 secret intelligence budget, the NSA projected it would need around
$1 billion in order to increase the strength of its computer network
attack operations. The budget included an increase of some $32 million
for „unconventional solutions“ alone.
Intelligence agencies have adopted „plausible deniability“ as their
guiding principle for Internet operations. To ensure their ability to do
so, they seek to make it impossible to trace the author of the attack.

It’s a stunning approach with which the digital spies deliberately
undermine the very foundations of the rule of law around the globe. This
approach threatens to transform the Internet into a lawless zone in
which superpowers and their secret services operate according to their
own whims with very few ways to hold them accountable for their actions.

Conclusions and demands:
1. Let us strive for an international digital weapons convention to get
the momentum back to the political side.
2. We have to fight for freezing all means that aim to control the own

3. As the new D-Wars will not make any difference between military and
civilian objectives we have to keep control of all live supporting

4. The latest development of military equipment for surveillance seems –
according to the industries – perfect to control the movement of
refugees and IDPs. This is a perfidious method to declare dual use
equipment as a weapon to support humanitarian tasks. This has to be