Monday, July 01, 2013

But EVERYONE Does it, Ma!

And remember how that carried absolutely no sway with the parental units? ("If everyone else was jumping off a cliff, would you do it too?") However the government, which apparently didn't  learn anything in adolescence, has resorted to the same lame argument  Everyone else is spying, so why can't we? Wah.

From Common Dreams:

US Defense of Vast EU Spying by NSA: 'Everyone Else Is Doing It'

Europeans should not expect US spy agencies to honor their privacy, says former NSA and CIA chief
- Jon Queally, staff writer

 The US response to the latest revelations about its vast global surveillance programs amounts to the plaintive and familiar cry from the teenager caught in the act: 'Everyone else is doing it.'

News reports over the weekend from both Der Speigel in Germany and the UK's Guardian sparked outrage among EU countries after new documents made available by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed the NSA has been spying on many of its European allies, bugging their offices and tapping into their computer networks.

Following the reports, German officials accused the US of treating it "like a cold war enemy" and Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said he was “deeply worried and shocked" over the allegations, and demanded a "full clarification" from the US regarding the allegations....More here.


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