Former Stasi Officer: The NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Would Have Been ‘A Dream Come True’ For East Germany… “Worse than the Gestapo.”

Friday, June 28, 2013
By Paul Martin

MICHAEL KELLEY
BusinessInsider.com
June 28, 2013

The National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance capabilities would have been “a dream come true” for East Germany, a former lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police told Matthew Schofield of McClatchy.

The Stasi was one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world.

Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal called them “worse than the Gestapo,” referring to the secret police of Nazi Germany.

“You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,” Wolfgang Schmidt said. “So much information, on so many people.”

The comments echo those made NSA whistleblower William Binney Binney, who told documentarian Laura Poitras that the danger of the NSA’s domestic dragnet is that “we fall into a totalitarian state. This is something the KGB, the Stasi or the Gestapo would have loved to have had.”

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