Donnerstag, 12. November 2020

Penmen of Beijing

Business as usual: In Hong Kong, democracy is actually at its end and meanwhile one has to seriously ask oneself to what extent the arrests, the sudden disappearance and the exodus of non-communists will reach. The BBC quite rightly asks: Can Hong Kong's democracy movement survive the walkout? 

Others are more relaxed about everything and pursue their commercial interests. If we can believe the Chinese state press - in this case "China Report" No. 90, November 2020, p. 7 - Deutsche Telekom and the Chinese company OPPO become business partners in matters of 5G. With Huawei, it wasn't so nice to do business recently, so you can now look for alternatives. And OPPO is obviously a good choice. The various warnings and notes, for example about allegedly installed spying malware, the transfer of user data through Facebook to this Chinese, allegedly private company and a few other "completely harmless" comments: Forget it, it's not good for business. A critical tone is not appreciated in these circles.

It is also astonishing how uncritically other contemporaries work completely openly for Beijing's foreign policy. There is, for example, an institution called the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI), which claims to be founded in April 2019. Everything, really everything that can be read there is direct propaganda, US bashing in every sentence and an omnipresent justification for a continuously deteriorating situation that international jurisprudence declared illegal as early as 2016 - which China does not care about.

Science and research are a good thing and should be free and independent. Propaganda is not one of them. So I'm interested: What is the reward for spreading theses and claims that are decorated with a few graphics? What is it worth to foil a current status that is not only illegal, but also erodes the stability of a sensitive region? Here are some excerpts from texts that deal with alleged western provocations (= freedom of navigation) - written by non-Chinese:

„In the longer term, if the U.S. wants to avoid direct conflict with China in the South China Sea -- or at least postpone it-- it must accommodate or at least appear to accommodate to some degree China’s international interests and aspirations there— On what issues, when, how, and how much are questions to ponder and negotiate.“

„Regardless of any legal technicality, the US should avoid such behaviour, which has no good strategic purpose and is contrary to the basic principles of crisis prevention and management.“

„Despite being friendly to China under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines expressed deep concerns over the China-Vietnam incident and stressed that such incidents could undermine trust building in the region now seriously suffering from the pandemic.“

There are now a lot of people and organizations that are known to lobby for Chinese politics. This is legal as far as it does not downplay illegal conditions. Last but not least, I compiled here the staff behind SCSPI and its texts:






Montag, 26. Oktober 2020

Idiots united

Wondering why I should accept the fact that other people blow up the railroad tracks, preventing me going from A to B, I decided to look at the current state of the technophobic scene. First I used the numerous documents that I have archived over the years, which give me an overview of the development of various extremist groups. 

I found the research sometimes amusing, but mostly frightening - in view of the extremely high militancy in subcultures that are closer to each other than they would ever admit.


(Source withheld)

I have now published some of the results in Jane's Intelligence Review, titled "Technophobic extremists increasingly engage in militancy".

Fuelled by widespread disinformation on social media, technophobic extremists are posing an increasing threat to social cohesion. I examine the nature and extent of the challenge faced by law enforcement authorities.

Some of the keypoints are:
  • Extremists have long used the traditional sabotage techniques of militant environmentalists against technical installations, with the professionalisation of these techniques being promoted by exchanges on social media.
  • Far-right extremist technophobes are increasingly copying the modus operandi and methods of left-wing extremist groups.
  • Attacks against 5G technology show an overlap of anti-technology operations from the extremist, anarchist, and esoteric conspiracy theory spectrum.
However, watching people who regularly conduct a pseudo exorcism in front of the Reichstag in Berlin to expel Corona - and other sins of today, which includes in their view modern technology - let my current pessimism unfortunately grow.


(Source withheld)


Sonntag, 27. September 2020

Die braunen und die gelben Gefahren...

 ... könnten nicht unterschiedlicher sein. Während die eine mir immer mehr von Wahnsinn, Dummheit und Absurdität gepackt worden zu sein scheint, glaube ich in der anderen eine mitunter sehr berechnende Vorgehensweise zu erkennen, die vielleicht sogar darauf abzielt, die andere Gefahr zu instrumentalisieren, um sie dem eigenen politischen Kalkül dienbar zu machen. 

Gottes Zoo ist bekanntlich gross und schaut man sich die Menschen an, die derzeit bei den Demonstrationen gegen die leider notwendigen Maßnahmen gegen die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus mitmarschieren, so zweifelt man zumindest bei einem gewissen Prozentsatz der Teilnehmer am gesunden Menschenverstand. Aber was ist schon gesund?

Seit Jahren nun verbreitet die "Reichsbewegung – Neue Gemeinschaft von Philosophen" ihre pseudo-intellektuellen Pamphlete. Bereits 2012 ging die Bundesregierung auf diese "Bewegung" ein, die vor einiger Zeit versuchte, auf den Anti-Coronahype aufzuspringen. Bizarrer geht es nicht: 


Oder hier:


Nachdem ich mich durch diese unsäglichen Bleiwüsten hindurchgequält hatte, wurde mir erneut deutlich, dass sich über die Jahre hinweg ein kleines Autorenteam - und keinesfalls eine "Bewegung" - abmüht, sich den Anstrich einer geistigen Elite zu verpassen. Allein mir bleibt nur der schale Eindruck des Anstriches und damit des Anstreichers. Der sporadische Wandel in der Autorenschaft wurde mir irgendwann (Ende 2017) beim Vergleich der Texte und gewisser technischer Besonderheiten klar. Unter anderem glaube ich eine Verbindung zu einem Paypal Konto gefunden zu haben, aber das ist eine andere Geschichte und die Details sind wohl verwahrt.

Und die gelbe Gefahr? 

Es hat ja mal wieder die Franzosen erwischt und mit der Verhaftung von Pierre-Marie Hyvernat (ehemals DGSE) und seiner Verurteilung zu immerhin 12 Jahren Knast könnte man sich so einiges denken, denn: Er hatte ausgiebig für den chinesischen Geheimdienst spioniert - was momentan in Europa um sich zu greifen scheint. Man kann übrigens den zuständigen Behörden nur gratulieren und hoffen, dass dort noch energischer ausgemistet wird. Der erwähnte Hyvernat hatte also viel Geld von den Chinesen bekommen und sich nach seinem Ausscheiden aus dem DGSE 2016 selbstständig gemacht. Verschiedene, zum Teil etwas obskure Medien berichteten, dass er 2017 als Kandidat für die rechtsgerichtete Partei Souveraineté, identité et libertés (SIEL) fungiert habe.

Wenn das alles so stimmen sollte, könnte man sich überlegen, inwieweit die Chinesen Interesse an einer Einmischung in die französische Innenpolitik und speziell in die extrem rechten Kreise haben sollten. Diese These ist nicht weit hergeholt, denn Russland macht es seit Jahren vor. Moskaus Einmischung in rechtsextreme Belange ist schon ein alter Hut, aber ob bald die Wirrköpfe vor der chinesischen Botschaft in Berlin stehen und "Xi hilf!" krakeelen werden, ist fraglich. Einmischung in Innenpolitik machen viele und derzeit hat Österreich seinen Stress mit türkischen Operationen. 

Grundsätzlich aber sollte die These (!), dass ein Spion von den Chinesen dafür bezahlt wurde, sich in eine rechte Organisation einzuschleusen, doch zu Nachforschungen anregen. Hier wäre ein erster Schritt: Wer ist dafür in der chinesischen Geheimdienstbürokratie zuständig? Wie so oft kommt hier das United Front Work Department ins Spiel und schaut man sich deren aktuellen Meldungen an, so erkennt man schnell, wie man in Frankreich China dienen kann!

Für China ist es nicht nur wichtig, über die Technologie eines anderen Staates im Bilde zu sein. Alle politischen Irrungen und Wirrungen sind wichtig, denn sie können immer dazu herhalten, dem Westen sein mangelhaftes politisches System vor Augen zu führen und dieses eventuell auch mit kleinen, aber feinen Nadelstichen noch weiter zu erodieren. China will immer wissen, wie die politische Situation in anderen wichtigen Staaten ist. Dabei ist es egal, ob es sich um die Stimmung in einer Regierungspartei handelt oder um die Atmosphäre in Hinterzimmern und auf der Strasse. Diese Informationen werden belohnt. Und so wie gewisse Lobbyisten und Eurokraten bereit sind, die Ideale westlicher Demokratie zu opfern, um sich in Peking beim Bankett loben und bezahlen zu lassen, so gibt es auch in anderen Schichten der Gesellschaft Leute, die denken, dass der Fall Tibet ein CIA Projekt sei, dass Taiwan ignoriert werden kann und dass man in Xinjiang endlich etwas gegen die Islamisten macht! 




Dienstag, 11. August 2020

Atomwaffen Division and the North Korean regime...


...both are things which should disappear as soon as possible. But anyway it is interesting to see from time to time the sympathies between both ideologies and the naive right wing worship of a brutal regime.

I wrote a brief abstract about "The ongoing right wing enthusiasm for North Korea". 



The topic is not new, but this time I came across it while Dolf-Alexander Neuhaus and me looked into the smuggling of two Maybach cars from Italy to Rotterdam. Our extensive confidential report showed much more, but I think that even the abstract, which can be downloaded on my website, is an interest read.

Sonntag, 12. Juli 2020

Delivering food to North Korea

The frustration that China is currently creating with its repressive measures and threats around the world has several consequences. One of them will be that China will pay less attention to sanctions and export controls: Why follow Western sanctions regimes when it is all about weakening China? - this question will be asked in some small leading groups of the Chinese government. The defiant answer will be: Exactly! Why should China take care of it when other international legal regulations are also disregarded by Beijing and apparently nobody can prevent it!?

In the future it will be easier to deliver bombs and missiles to North Korea and since I have a few kilograms of uranium left anyway, I looked around for a trustworthy supplier. As so often, I found it on Alibaba: Cargo Movers International Logistics Co., Ltd. At first I was confused, because the company advertises with a container from Ocean Network Express (ONE), according to Wikipedia "jointly owned by the Japanese shipping companies Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and K Line."



I haven't been able to access the website of Cargo Movers International Logistics Co., Ltd yet, but there are some details in the Google cache. Accordingly, the company is located in China:
Cargo Movers Intl Logistics Co. Ltd. is a Chinese International Freight Forwarding company. Which is a trustworthy service partner for all your international shipping needs. Founded in 2006, our company has experienced dynamic growth over the last 8 years, and currently offers a full range of logistical services to an expanding roster of satisfied clients all over the world.
Alibaba shows the following contact details:



Another thing that amazes me (to be honest: it actually doesn't surprise me) is the fact that Cargo Movers Intl Logistics Co. Ltd. obviously uses FedEx and Aramex to deliver goods to North Korea. This is the only way I can interpret their information:
FedEx and Aramex air fright service from Shenzen Shanghai/ Guangzhou/ Tianjin/Qingdao to DPRK
Do both FedEx and Aramex know about it? When I search for North Korea on the FedEx website, I get an insightful but not helpful answer:



The Aramex website is completely silent about it.
Since I want to get rid of my uranium, I am of course dependent on a credible and discreet company. First I convince myself of the credibility:



That convinces me. However, when it comes to uranium, I want to be sure. Discretion has top priority! Cargo Movers Intl Logistics Co. Ltd. understands the expectations of their customers. They offer me a special service:



Nothing stands in the way of my delivery of rice and medication to North Korea!



Montag, 15. Juni 2020

The hidden political agenda: Why not shutting down the BND?

Many years ago, Wolfgang Schäuble - at that time interior minister of a German federal state - had the idea of installing the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung as a kind of secret service instead of the traditional intelligence agencies as BfV or BND.

Well, now is the opportunity to implement his idea and, moreover, to make the decades of work of certain German and foreign political circles a reality: the complete shutdown of all German secret service work and to lead necessary, efficient government advice to an end.

(For those who are not so familiar with irony: The following screenshot is irony)



With the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court of May 19, 2020 (1 BvR 2835/17) the German Foreign intelligence agency BND has been weakened: According to the verdict, the BND will have to base its strategic telecommunications reconnaissance abroad, which is SIGINT and therefore the surveillance of persons abroad, on the German constitution. This means that, for example, Islamist terrorists or members of Mexican drug cartels will in principle be able to refer on Article 10 of the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz) in the future. This protects the confidentiality of individual communication. The new verdict does not generally prohibit this operations of the BND, but will require a new regulation by the end of 2021 at the latest, with which professional groups such as foreign journalists and their sources are to be given special protection. This is associated with great bureaucratic and legal hurdles. A timely and efficient surveillance of relevant targets, who are actually viewed as a threat to the German Basic Law - terrorists, organized crime, arms dealers and the spies of enemy powers, - is hardly possible anymore. The parliamentarian controls and bureaucratic regulations of German security authorities have been intensified for many years. At the same time, current developments show that due to this bureaucracy some dangerous delays in the necessary investigation became obvious.

The first reactions of Western intelligence services regarding the verdict show the great frustration: International cooperation with the BND has now been made more difficult. But: Germany needs this cooperation! Without the help of the partners in Cheltenham and Maryland many horrible threats to Germany would have been realized!

The verdict explicitly restricts the "Third Party Rule", which has been tried and tested for years, according to international partners determine which information the BND must not pass on to German parliamentarians. One goal is the protection of sensitive sources that have repeatedly been extremely endangered or leaked as part of the German investigation committees and controls. The mutual exchange of information between BND and foreign partners will now be massively hindered again, because the new verdict requires the establishment of a new, powerful supervisory body in Germany, which must be informed about every detail of this cooperation. The partner state must meet certain legal criteria parallel to the German law. In the future, foreigners who feel that the BND is watching them can file a lawsuit in Germany. This can block investigative proceedings for years. The strategic telecommunications reconnaissance has already been intensively controlled by the so-called "Independent Board" since 2016 and has been accepted with good results.


In view of this drastic verdict, there is a presumption that there is a political agenda behind it, which apparently wants to change the BND in its current structure: Supporters of the mostly foreign plaintiffs include some people who have been left-wing radicals for many years criticizing the German intelligence services, engaging politically and publishing in radical leftist media. This also includes bloggers who had published BfV classified documents on the Internet and were therefore (unsuccessful) investigated 2015 because of treason. One thing is for sure: The new verdict is in the interest of every hostile intelligence agency.

Something else is alarming: The verdict shows the influence of political interests on security policy institutions in Germany. Although some of the plaintiffs had rather unclear arguments, their lawsuit was successful. For example, the Dutch journalist Paul van Gageldonk explains: "Of course, I can not prove that my contacts to right-wing and right-wing populist actors in Germany and the Netherlands have led to the BND’s pursuit of my activities. In my experience with surveillance I would not be surprised."

The rather unknown German journalist Michael Mörth claims that “local and foreign intelligence agencies might be interested in intercepting my communication and spread the information in global intelligence networks." 

One must also ask why the plaintiffs chose the BND, which - compared to many other Western intelligence agencies - is now monitored by a large number of supervisory authorities. The Mexican plaintiff José Raúl Olmos Castillo is particularly impressive in his naivety and arbitrariness. He only says that “the confidentiality of digital communication is essential for our work. Without that, sources and colleagues do not trust us. Therefore I'm very worried about global surveillance and support the project against the BND law.”

In passing, why are so many people convinced that they are so important? It is astonishing how many people assume that they are being watched - by dark powers, by secret services, by the Illuminati and of course - this is the knighthood - by the BND. I seem to have overlooked the insidious BND officers' throwing journalists and activists into gulags, ban their family members from studying or traveling, and putting people without trial into jail.

Apparently, the lawsuit was not interested in e.g. Russian, Iranian or Chinese secret services and their aggressive operations against human rights groups and journalists. The plaintiffs were represented, among others, by the Iranian-born lawyer Bijan Moini, who also gives various interviews to the Marxist “Junge Welt”. This newspaper is described by the BfV as the largest left-wing extremist print medium. In his book "Rettet die Freiheit“ (Save Freedom), published in January 2020, Moini claimed that the BfV "would trigger more scandals than hunt terrorists". He therefore calls for a massive strengthening of the supposedly more important Federal Constitutional Court - which has now decided in his spirit: The BfV is of course also affected by the verdict against the BND's foreign operations.

German security authorities are increasingly concerned about such politically motivated decisions: In March 2020, the left-wing radical party "Die Linke", represented in the Bundestag, declared at a conference that "one percent of the rich would be shot dead after a revolution." An employee of this party in the Bundestag demanded that "information should be taken from the state apparatus" and „leaked to the extra-parliamentary movement". In May 2020, Barbara Borchardt was finally elected judge in the State Constitutional Court of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. She is not only a member of the party “Die Linke”, but also of the “Anti-Capitalist Left”, which is observed by the BfV as an anti-constitutional, left-wing extremist organization. Like the BfV, the constitutional court has the mandate to protect Germany from threats to the constitution.

The verdict itself was announced by the new court president Stephan Harbarth. The lawsuit was directed against parts of the BND amendment in 2016: At that time Harbarth himself voted for the amendment. And he talked to the parliamentarian audience:



On December 1, 2011, Harbarth voted to "continue the participation of armed German forces in the EU-led Operation Atalanta to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia". 


For every student of International Relations, first semester, it is obvious: The security of this operation was ensured, among other things, by the BND's strategic telecommunications reconnaissance. 

Apparently he didn't think about it when he pronounced his judgment. Maybe he just forgot it. New job, new opportunities!

Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2020

Global Networking of Right-Wing Extremism....

...is something which interests me. And so I am pleased to point out to my new paper: "Far-right extremists step up international networking", published with Jane‘s Intelligence Review

Key Points are:


  • Increased monitoring of the communications of far-right extremists suggests that their personal and international contacts are growing in importance.
  • Far-right extremists travel internationally to network at conferences and events, and to gain combat experience and training in conflict zones.
  • The increasing internationalisation of far-right extremism is likely to further international networking between extremists in-person and virtually.

For those who want to read some further information, based on my analysis for Jane's Intelligence Review, please feel free to download "Global Networking of Right-Wing Extremism. Some additional remarks" from my website.