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Washington Murdered Privacy at Home and Abroad


In the Swiss newspaper Zeit-Fragen, Professor Dr. Eberhard Hamer from Germany asks, "How Sovereign is Europe?"

He examines the issue and concludes that Europe has little, if any, sovereignty.

Professor Hamer writes that the sovereign rights of Europeans as citizens of nation states were dissolved with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty on Dec. 1, 2009. The rights of the people have been conveyed to a political commissariat in Brussels. The French, Germans, Belgians, Spanish, British, Irish, Italians, Greeks, and so forth, now have "European citizenship whatever this may be."

The result of aggregating nations is to reduce the political participation of people. The authority of parliaments and local councils has been impaired. Power is now concentrated in new hierarchical structures within the European Union. European citizenship means indirect and weak participation by people. Self-rule has given way to authoritarian rule from top to bottom.

Professor Hamer then examines the EU commissariat and concludes that it, too, lacks sovereignty, having submitted to the will of the United States. The problem is not only that Europeans are waging an unconstitutional war ordered by the U.S. in a region of the world where Europe has no interests. Europe's puppet state existence goes far beyond its mercenary service to the American Empire.

The EU has given in to Washington's demand for "free access to the banking data of the central financial service provider, Swift, in Europe. All financial flows in Europe (and between Europe and the rest of the world) will now be monitored by the CIA and other American and Israeli intelligence services." The monitoring will include transfers within Germany, for example, and within individual cities. "The data, even data of completely innocent citizens, have to be stored for five years, of course, at the expense of the banks and their customers."

How sovereign is the EU when it it unable to protect the financial privacy of its citizens from foreign governments?

For some time Zeit-Fragen has been reporting Washington's pressure on the Swiss government to violate Swiss statutory law in order to comply with American demands to monitor financial flows within Switzerland and between Switzerland the world.

Writers show their astonishment at the total contempt Washington has for the sovereignty of other countries and the privacy rights of their citizens.

We Americans should not be surprised. Not withstanding statutory laws, our privacy rights are long gone. In the U.S. privacy has become a cruel and expensive joke. It means that parents cannot find out about the college grades of a son or daughter without the permission of the son or daughter. It means that credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions are required to waste money sending a steady stream of “privacy notices” to customers about the use of the customer's information. It means an American cannot get information about his account with a credit card company, telephone, cable, and Internet provider, bank, utility company or make any alteration in his account without providing a stranger with his Social Security number or other private information over and beyond one's name, address, and account number. This routine is a joke when the government has access to everything. It is part of our Orwellian world that privacy is protected by the requirement to give strangers private information over the telephone.

The American sheeple quietly accepted the complete destruction of their right to privacy. Encouraged by success in smiting the American people, Washington has now destroyed the privacy of Europeans.

Indeed, the "freedom and democracy" government spies on the entire world and sends drones into foreign countries to murder people disapproved by Washington.

Washington denounces other governments for human rights violations while itself violating human rights every day.

Washington puts foreign leaders on trial for war crimes, while committing war crimes every day.

What happens when the dollar goes and Washington no longer has the money to bribe compliance with its demands? When that day arrives, freedom will re-emerge.

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CIA controls the Europeans. Of course, but why are they so fügsam? Same as the US. Clones, maybe.
This from
The last bastion of investigative journalism; wikileaks.
80 percent of Germans want troops out of Afghan. Bit ultimately, they can be had, obviously.
Comment: #1
Posted by: kla
Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:43 PM
Bravo Mr Roberts.
Many, many thanks for your thoughts and opinions!
You are an oasis in the desert of political correctness enforced by your country.
Europeans are listening to you with great attention.
Thank you again and wish you Health.
Comment: #2
Posted by: GPap
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:19 PM
A Prophet is not honored in his own land. They have collected teachers for themselves to tickle their ears. You played the music, I did not bow down, so you hate me. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Thank you for the good fight, Paul. You will be missed. - Beleagured American
Comment: #3
Posted by: Another view
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:29 AM
Everything you've written is so true - except for the last sentence. I wish that I could have such hope, but fear that the collapse of the dollar will mean only that the last illusion of a corporate takeover is gone. The EU is not only in thrall to the US, it's in thrall to multinational corporations - as is the US, though there's more of a partnership between the US government and corporations.
I despair, truly despair.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Heidi Stevenson
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:29 PM
Europeans do not know of what you write.
They will soon see and feel these facts.
Please come to Paris. We need you here too.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Carol Elizabeth Burke
Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:12 AM
Dr. Roberts, I admire your Honesty and willingness to tell the Truth regardless of the Peer Preasure. Anyway, I wanted to give you a Brief glimps of something I over heard on HAM Radio shortly after 911.

Shortly after 911, I was listening to my HAM Radio, and over heard someone who identified himself as a Marine/ Government Courior, who was told to go to the 40th floor of building 1 to pick up some documents from a group of Engineers who had the whole floor undone and empty. The guy said when he got there and passed Security, he went in and as he was receiving the documents, he asked the engineer what was going on. They told him they had to inspect the soundness and makup of the buildings integraty. The Engineer told him that the buildings had to be re worked or torn down. It seems they had connection problems between the Aluminum and steel gerters, as well as being Fire Proofed by Asbostose. The guy telling the Ham guy I was listening to only speculated after that because he left the building with the report for his boss.
Saying all that to say, the owners stood to loose a Fortune, and opted to let "God" or a Terrorist destroy them. You see, that would have been the only way the Insurance company would have covered the cost of the buildings being destroyed... Sorry for my spelling.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Victor Pirie
Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:01 AM
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