Lobbyisten-Register

“Registry of lobbyists.” After the recent kerfuffle in the Health Ministry (BMG), Transparency International Germany is renewing its call for a central registry of lobbyists working in Germany, saying such a list and its control and enforcement mechanisms would first and foremost benefit good lobbyists working with good arguments. TI says registration would “separate the wheat from the chaff.”

(Lobby ISS ten   reh GISS ter.)

Zentrales Waffenregister

Central weapons register. Gun owners in Germany currently have to register their guns at several hundred (~550) small separate offices that don’t coordinate with one another. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) says the government has scheduled the creation of a central gun registry in Germany, which police will be able to use to check weapon ownership starting in early 2013. The central registry is being created in response to an EU guideline that would have allowed two more years for implementation.

Update on 15 Nov 2013: Research by Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Norddeutsche Rundfunk has discovered that development of the Waffenregister (and development of a central registry of personal I.D.’s, Personalausweisregister), were two of ~100 jobs the German government outsourced in the past five years to a German subsidiary of Computer Sciences Corporation (C.S.C.), a U.S. company very firmly entwined with the U.S. intelligence sector whose software probably can’t be trusted. C.S.C. helped develop surveillance software for the N.S.A. and was, Süddeutsche.de reported, involved via another subsidiary in the C.I.A.’s Verschleppung of the German citizen Khaled el-Masri in 2004.

Süddeutsche.de said C.S.C. helped test the Bundestrojaner malware of the Bundeskriminalamt and support the introduction of electronic files into the German courts. It helped with the introduction of a nationwide “electronic passport” and Germany’s recent “secure email” project known as De-Mail.

“The company is part of the American shadow army of private companies that work cheaply/favorably [günstig] and invisibly for the military and secret services. The company belonged to a consortium, for example, that was awarded the N.S.A.’s so-called Trailblazer Project, which was said to include development of the recently disclosed Prism program. Some of these problematic involvements have been known for years, yet supposedly not within the Ministry of the Interior, which signed the framework contracts with C.S.C.”

Interior Ministry spokespeople said the ministry had no “own knowledge” of these entanglements but that the framework contracts “usually” included clauses forbidding transmission of confidential data to third parties.

(Tsen TRALL ess   VOFF en reh GIST er.)

Anti-Terror-Datei

Central federal file of police and intelligence services’ information about potential and actual terrisss but also possibly about innocent burghers. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said this central file is Germany’s most important tool in the fight against tare. The “anti-terror file” is now being evaluated by the highest court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Federal Constitutional Court) to see whether it violates the German Civil Code. Questions also include what information goes into the file and which German institutions and foreign intelligence services have access to it.

(AUNTie   TERRor   dot EYE.)

Rechtsextremismus-Datei

The federal government of Germany has created a central file to collect data on right-wing extremists who are willing to use violence. The file is not intended to collect data on nonviolent people with right-wing extremist thoughts and feelings. All German government entities investigating violent right-wingers are to send all their relevant information to this central file. ZDF heute journal says this is the first visible structural governmental change made in response to the recently discovered organizational failures.

Leftists parliament member Petra Pau (Die Linken) says if this central file had existed during the thirteen-year rampage of a recent neonazi terrorist cell it would not have solved the case because the investigating police never considered the murderers might be right-wingers, deciding instead the killings were due to immigrants’ fighting amongst themselves. There was an institutional failure to consider neonazis dangerous. Tagesschau.de notes that right-wing extremist V-people, paid informants, will not be registered as informants in the new file.

(WRECKED ex tray miz moose   dot EYE.)

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