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Who Should Be Charged with Espionage? Scrambling Over Breakfast

July 02
17:59 2013
“Well then, let me be clear about that.
I’ll tell you what I had for breakfast…”

After Der Speigel broke the news that the US had been spying on its EU allies, Barack Obama said it’s normal for our nation to spy on our allies. In fact, he’s not even interested in low-level spying, says the president, because if he wants to know what any European leader is thinking, he’ll just give them a call and find out.

If only it were that simple. As if any world leader gives a straight answer on their current affairs and political dealings. He might be the most ambitious Nobel Peace Prize recipient to date, but Obama makes a lame excuse for spying on foreign government officials:

“I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders,” Obama said at a news conference shortly after arriving for a state visit to this East African nation. “That’s how intelligence services operate.”

This is a lie. Or at the most it’s a sliver of the truth. Nobody cares how Obama takes his eggs or his coffee in the morning. Nor are our intelligence agencies scrambling over moderately crispy bacon or specially cubed cantaloupe preferences for EU leaders.

The United States is not only spying on its allies to get information on talking points, or what was had for breakfast. Our rogue government officials are spying on our allies to discover what is really being said, and how much is known about their violent policies, under the auspices of fighting terrorism, playing throughout the world. Intelligence agencies also want to know how the leaders of the EU and other nations feel about Israel, the push against Iran and Syria, and always to stay abreast of world dealings with China, Russia, and the Middle East.

So who should be charged with espionage? For a president so adamant about chasing after whistle blowers (or sending his thugs after them), he breaks a lot of rules and his administration has been ensnared in serious scandals that involve some sort of bloated spying operation:

  • the seizure of the AP’s phone records;
  • the seizure of Verizon Wireless’ customer phone records;
  • Edward Snowden’s revelations about unbelievably comprehensive data collecting and mining;
  • the NSA’s data centers can collect one billion phone calls every day, store them, and listen, as well as obtaining every web history, email, and text message.

Snowden did a backhanded deed when he dumped sensitive information over the NSA’s once-seemingly impenetrable walls, but our last two presidents have used our technological advances against us to set up the planet’s greatest system of spying, snooping, and unconstitutional targeting of American (and world) citizens.

Our government is paranoid. An empire cannot stay on top of the world without having insider knowledge of what every ally and enemy is thinking, and by calculating their moves with consistent accuracy. The CIA needs key information to pull off various stunts worldwide. The NSA has dirt on anyone the government deems a threat.

SEE ALSO

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There be no conspiracy here: Michael Hastings questioned everything

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