US denies entry to German NSA critic
German author Ilija Trojanow, an NSA critic, was denied entry to the United States for no apparent reason.
The NSA critic had been invited to a German language convention in the US city of Denver, but he was left stranded at Salvador da Bahia airport, in Brazil. Trojanow told the German newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday, “the woman told me curtly and without emotion that entry to the United States was being denied to me - without giving any reason.”
According to Deutsche Welle, Trojanow and co-author Juli Zeh had sent an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that demanded the German government to “tell the nation the full truth about the spying offensive.” The letter was signed by 70,000 German citizens and handed to Merkel ahead of Germany's general election.
The NSA critic wanted explanations regarding the growing impression that Berlin had approved the spying methods of the American and British intelligence agencies. “For this reason we ask you, is it politically desirable that the NSA monitors German citizens in a way that the German authorities are forbidden from doing by the constitution and the German Constitutional Court?” the authors wrote.
On June, the German daily newspaper Bild reported that Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) has been aware of US surveillance and storage of data of German citizens for years and even used it in cases of Germans kidnapped abroad.
Trojanow, a German-Bulgarian NSA critic is a professor at The European Graduate School and co-author of a book that examines the surveillance state. His fellow author Zeh also expressed outrage following Trojanow’s detainment in an airport in Brazil. Zeh posted on her facebook page, “this is a farce. Pure paranoia. People who stand up for civil rights are treated as enemies of the state.”