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European Bloodshed in America's Forever Wars - II

by Oui Thu May 30th, 2024 at 09:07:10 PM EST


See yesterday's diary - Part I

Creeping Fascism Dismembers the European Union

Dutch ex-spy chief Dick Schoof named as PM-candidate | BBC News |

Dutch intelligence boss speaks out about Islamic school controversy | NL Times - 4 July 2019 |

Intelligence and security service AIVD underestimated the social impact its official report earlier this year on Amsterdam Islamic high school Cornelius Haga Lyceum would have, AIVD director Dick Schoof said to De Volkskrant. The service warned Amsterdam that the school wanted to devote half of its curriculum to Salafist doctrine, causing an uproar.

"We have to conclude that we did not sufficiently control, contain, the social dynamics. That we did not sufficiently take the feelings in the Muslim community into account", Schoof said to the newspaper.

Dutch Intelligence AIVD - Annual Report 2014

Dutch Intelligence Service Eavesdropping on Lawyers | Liberties EU - 10 July 2015 |

Dutch lawyers have started interim injunction proceedings against their state because the Dutch intelligence service is eavesdropping on them.

In a letter to The Hague District Court, the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights (NJCM) and the Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP) argue that the Dutch government should stop systemically violating the evidentiary privilege of lawyers. On June 17, the court dealt with interim injunction proceedings of lawyers that were eavesdropped on by the Dutch state.

Last year it became known that the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) is eavesdropping on a large scale on phone calls between lawyers of the Amsterdam based law firm Prakken d'Oliveria and third parties. The lawyers reacted to this by lodging a complaint with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
Indirect tapping

The minister of the interior, Ronald Plasterk, judged that there had been adequate safeguards for tapping lawyers directly because the AIVD has an internal policy and guidelines with regard to this special power. However, no policy had been defined for indirectly tapping confidential communications between lawyers and third parties, as a result of which the complaint by Prakken d'Oliveira was considered well founded.

Intelligence watchdog resigns to blow whistle on Dutch hacking law | Politico |

New law would expand powers for spooks to `hack back' against Russia and China but cut back oversight.

Hubert's resignation sheds light on how intelligence is adopting new digital powers. It comes as the Pegasus spyware scandal continues to ripple across the EU, raising questions over how security services have deployed intrusive operations against domestic opposition and civil society figures without proper checks on whether they were justified.

"We need to be very careful with this slippery slope because it's not going down well, for democracies around the world. And every step backwards, you need to be very vocal and noisy," Hubert said.

A self-proclaimed "nerd," Hubert joined the Netherlands' three-person committee that assesses intelligence agencies AIVD and MIVD's surveillance and hacking requests -- called the TIB -- in 2020, as the committee's technical expert. He left his role earlier this month in order to speak freely about the threats of the incoming law, he said in an earlier public statement. Hubert previously worked in various roles for Dutch intelligence, including as a software developer and hacker, as well as in roles as tech expert, adviser and consultant, and founded internet company PowerDNS in 1999.

Dick Schoof's speech at the annual European Commission safety symposium

Speech | 17-10-2019 |

United in diversity

Good morning,

Thank you for inviting me to this symposium.

As the Director General of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) of the Netherlands I am honoured to contribute to the discussion on European security in times of transition here in Brussels.

Before I begin, I would like to express my thanks to those who have already addressed you.

On the eve of a new European Commission, I would like to thank Commissioner Sir Julian King for his efforts regarding the Security Union and the security of Europe's citizens.

A word of thanks also for Commissioner Oettinger and his work for Europe these past ten years, and for organising this recurring symposium, an important meeting for all those involved in security within the EU.

Given the large audience I expect that not everyone is an expert in the field of the intelligence and security services.

And there are quite a lot of different kinds of services within Europe.

This is one way in which we are certainly united in diversity.

First I will tell you something about my service, what we do and what we observe.

Then I will say something about the ways in which we cooperate and what we think the future holds in terms of cooperation between the intelligence and security services in the EU.

We are the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security service. We watch internal and external threats.

We are also a Signals Intelligence Service; we intercept communications.

We are not a secret service.

What we are, is a service with secrets.

Secrets that are necessary if we are to uncover unknown threats.

If we could not keep the identity of one of our sources or our modus operandi secret, for example, we would not be able to do our work.

Similarly there are strict rules about sharing information.

Also with other security and intelligence services.

We have joint operations with services inside and outside the EU.

We are an independent service. We swim against the current. We talk truth to power. An important mantra, because it means that the services, like the AIVD, can operate free from political influence.

A security service focuses on threats to national security. Think of terrorism, extremism, radicalisation, espionage, foreign interference or sabotage by state-sponsored actors.

An intelligence service attempts to unearth the true intentions of another country.

Is there a double agenda, one that would have repercussions for our country?

Do they say things publicly or in diplomatic channels that are different from their actual goals?

With our work, we help our government give shape to our country's foreign policy.

Bits of Freedom: Dick Schoof believes he is above the law

Today it was announced that Dick Schoof is a prime ministerial candidate. A man with quite a few similarities with the work of Bits of Freedom. We are worried. About the legal protection of citizens and the rule of law.

At the Ministry of Justice and Security, there is mainly a lot of security

During his career, Dick Schoof has worked in various capacities for the Ministry of Justice and Security. Since 2020, he has been Secretary General (SG), the highest official. The ministry received the Big Brother Awards Oeuvre Prize from Bits of Freedom in 2021. Read more about winning the oeuvre prize. For a range of privacy violations, but also for failing to stand up for the legal protection of citizens. And that's not the only time this ministry was nominated for the Big Brother Awards. Last year, the Minister of Justice and Security won this least coveted Award for leaving people who are wrongly on a terror list to their fate. More about the Big Brother Awards 2023.

    The time has come: the biggest violators of our digital rights in 2023 have been announced! During the Big Brother Awards on Monday, January 15, an audience award and an expert award were presented. Of the four nominees, the public chose outgoing Minister of Justice and Security Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius with no less than 42 percent of the votes. The professional jury opted for the joint nomination of platforms Meta, X and Telegram.

Illegal infiltration of mosques

During Schoof's time as head of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV), this service appeared to have encouraged municipalities to infiltrate mosques. More about this illegal form of espionage. According to NRC, at least ten municipalities have hired commercial parties to conduct secret investigations in places of worship. The "researchers" participated in the prayer and collected all kinds of personal information about visitors and board members. It was described by name who was whose family, what education people had completed, who had quarrels among themselves and what people believed in.


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