National Security Agency Makes Us More Hated Abroad

Despite constitutional protections, the NSA can spy on us and violate our rights with impunity. Face it. We’re outnumbered. Every time you see Keith Alexander dressed up in his General costume as director of the National Security Agency, he is reminding you that his friends have weapons that could easily kill you and your family.

On the other hand, the presidents of Mexico and the people of France don’t have any Constitutional protections against the US Government spying on them. But they, in a sense, since they are represented by a different government, are not simply the hostages that we are.

The French government summoned the U.S. ambassador in Paris to protest allegations that the National Security Agency has spied on millions of French phone calls.

According to a report in Le Monde — based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and carrying a Glenn Greenwald byline — the NSA recorded 70.3 million French phone calls between Dec. 10, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2013. This program targeted not only terror suspects but French politicians and businesspeople and in the words of Le Monde amounts to “intrusion, on a vast scale, both into the private space of French citizens as well as into the secrets of major national firms.”

The program, codenamed US-985D, used a variety of collection methods, including keyword activation that triggered the recording of a phone call. Among the targets were the French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent and email providers. “This sort of practice between partners that invades privacy is totally unacceptable and we have to make sure, very quickly, that this no longer happens,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

And from South of the Border:

Mexico has strongly condemned alleged US spying after a report said that a former president’s emails were hacked by the National Security Agency.

Data leaked by fugitive US analyst Edward Snowden showed ex-President Felipe Calderon’s emails were hacked in 2010, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports.

Mexico’s foreign ministry said such spying was “unacceptable, illegal” and contrary to good relations.

Funny how we can spy on Presidents but can’t track weapons we “walk” to narco-cartels. Does this mean that the NSA has a record of private negotiations between Mexican presidents and our presidents regarding the North American Union? Too bad no one has any real subpoena power!

You may not care about Mexico and France, or Brazil, but we aren’t so powerful that we won’t be hurt by making enemies of practically everyone on the planet. Other nations will see this as the crime of Americans. If we want to try to recover our reputation, we need to make it clear to the world that our government is what it is: a rogue gang that is out of our control.