Bilderberg insider and EU Commissioner Viviane Reding launched plans to transform the EU’s Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN) into a full-blown EU superstate spy agency back in 2013.
What else is new?
But what is often equally telling with signature staged events, as Paris may well have been, is the political agenda to justify power that emerges in the wake of violence, bloodshed and tragedy.
You know, afterwards. When the pieces are picked up, and used to revitalize unpopular governments and their mechanisms of control.
Such is the case with the post-Charlie Hebdo world, freshly jolted into fear by “the bloodiest attack on French soil in half a century.”
‘Hebdo Demands European Intelligence Powers’
The Peninsula is reporting on calls by the Italian Prime Minister to set up a new European Union-wide intelligence agency that would establish even greater broad powers for the already undemocratic European superstate government.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Friday for the European Union to have its own intelligence agency following the bloodiest attack on French soil in half a century.
“We have the common currency and we must also have a common security and intelligence system. Europe must be united against terrorism,” the premier said, according to Italian media reports.
Though some EU officials deny any plans for such an agency, it has come to light that Viviane Reding, an EU Commissioner who attended Bilderberg in 2013 and 2014, announced plans for an EU spy agency in 2013 to be completed by 2020:
Former EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding had floated the idea in 2013 when she announced long-term plans to get a spy agency up and running by 2020.
Asked if the commission intends to put forward a proposal on turning a little known intelligence unit inside the EU’s foreign affairs branch into an intelligence agency, commission spokesperson Natasha Bertuad said “No”.
The commission instead wants to enhance data-sharing at the EU level by making sure its EU intelligence analysis centre (IntCen) works better with other EU agencies like Europol, the EU’s joint police body.
Integrated into the EU’s foreign policy branch, the External Action Service (EEAS), IntCen is meant to provide a situational picture of crisis moments like last week’s Charlie Hebdo shooting.
While not everyone is on board, there has been shows of support by several important European figures:
Dutch liberal MEP Sophie Int’Veld on Monday said IntCen should be transformed into an intelligence agency so long as it has “a proper treaty base, a legislative framework and arrangements for democratic oversight.”
Perfect news for the power of the European Union and the resolve of the military contractors who’ve feared a lapse in winning the profits of a roaming battle against ideas.
U.S. and UK Reassert Spy Powers, Too
Moreover, the so-called “Five Eyes” – comprised of the intelligence networks in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, are set to meet in London to discuss broader terrorism fighting strategy:
The five nations that make up the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network will meet in London next week to confer on strategies to fight terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks, Canadian officials said on Tuesday.
And, of course, London is calling for more spy power, via MI5 chief Andrew Parker:
Amid a backlash against digital surveillance after disclosures by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden in 2013, Mr. Parker said there was a growing imbalance between the number of terrorist plots against Britain and the ability of spies to track their communications.
Speaking at MI5 headquarters late on Thursday, he warned against an atmosphere in which privacy was “so absolute and sacrosanct that terrorists and others who mean us harm can confidently operate from behind those walls without fear of detection.”
“If we are to do our job, MI5 will continue to need to be able to penetrate their communications as we have always done,” he said. “That means having the right tools, legal powers and the assistance of companies which hold relevant data.”
Touché, Mr. Snowden.
It would seem that with the Jihadist assault on Paris – against a satirical newspaper, no less – the War on Terror is back on, and this time, it will help to build up the secrecy and power of the EU superstate. Never underestimate the power of satire and weaponized irony in a time of war.
Recall that America’s Department of Homeland Security was brought to power after 9/11, and enjoyed a Fog of War atmosphere that provided little criticism in official circles and nearly unlimited funding to grant it expansive umbrella powers over nearly every federal agency in the nation and even sway over state and local law enforcement activities as well.
The same auspicious power grab now stands to be repeated, catching the European population unaware during a time of fear.
Make no mistake, terrorism as we know it is a tool. Despite its unfixed image, it is used towards very practical and definite ends. Stay vigilant on that, how about?
Bilderberg, and Global Integration, Once Again in the Shadows
The European Union itself came to be through stealth, during a long, gradual climb out of the shadows.
The role of the secretive Bilderberg in transforming a humble European Coal and Steel Community agreement, dating to 1951, into continent wide union (transcending individual nations) remains largely unknown and under reported.
However, the successful creation of a Europe with common borders, common tariffs, a common currency (a project which former Bilderberg chairman and EU commissioner Etienne Davignon bragged about hatching) and, afterwards, common laws, common financial regulations, a powerful council and a superstate Parliament is monumental.
Ever greater integration into the European Union, including the adoption of new members from the Eastern bloc and beyond, is part of the ambition, too, and a continent wide intelligence agency would clearly be a noteworthy achievement for a system bent towards total power on a global scale.
It was Bilderberg’s own EU Commissioner Viviane Reding who took Eric Holder to task in the summer of 2013 with a strongly-worded letter (and a public meeting) criticizing the abuses by U.S. spy agencies against Europeans and their data.
Reding said she had “serious concerns” about the recent reports of “large-scale” accessing and processing of EU citizens’ data using major online service providers in an article for The New York Times. The PRISM scandal “hit a raw nerve” because Europeans “care about their privacy.” She stated that new tools enabling Europeans to “deal with this kind of scenario are contained in the European Commission’s proposal.”
While Reding was publicly standing her ground against the politicians she is ultimately accountable to, the behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic exercise was of mostly talk but little action.
In reality? Reding wasn’t fighting for “privacy-loving Europeans.” She was actually aiming to bring an EU intelligence agency to power – as a “counterweight” to the NSA’s invasive practices. In November 2013, she stated:
“What we need is to strengthen Europe in this field, so we can level the playing field with our US partners… The NSA needs a counterweight. My long-term proposal would therefore be to set up a European Intelligence Service by 2020.”
The obvious justification for keeping and expanding spying powers in a post-Snowden world, is enough to make anyone look twice at the whole Hebdo affair.
And if you don’t think this was all a staged theater production, please consider the propaganda effort that went into creating this photo op with world leaders, joined hand-in-hand in solidarity against the attacks.
I mean, really?