From the New York Times:
Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.
While the names of some political and diplomatic leaders have previously emerged as targets, the newly disclosed intelligence documents provide a much fuller portrait of the spies’ sweeping interests in more than 60 countries.
Also appearing on the surveillance lists is Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission, which, among other powers, has oversight of antitrust issues in Europe. The commission has broad authority over local and foreign companies, and has punished a number of American companies, including Microsoft and Intel, with heavy fines for hampering fair competition. The reports say that spies intercepted Mr. Almunia’s communications in 2008 and 2009.
In a statement, the N.S.A. denied that it had ever carried out espionage to benefit American businesses.
“We do not use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of — or give intelligence we collect to — U.S. companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line,” said Vanee Vines, an N.S.A. spokeswoman.
But she added that some economic spying was justified by national security needs. […]
Is it time to admit: This has NOTHING to do with terrorism. This is government being used as a tool of the elite who own our government.
Is it also time to admit: The NSA is putting the United States at risk of attack. What do I mean? Hey, if I find you outside my house, repeatedly peaking through my windows… or coming into my house and planting bugs and hidden cameras… there’s going to come a time when I’m likely to shoot you.
This is not how your treat your friends… if we have any left in the world.
Washington DC is completely out of control, and there is no legitimate justification for this. As I’ve mentioned before, time for an Article V Convention of States to take the keys away from these goons.