Friday, July 05, 2013

Laissez-nous vous joignons

For years the particular offensive aspects of American and French foreign policy have been making imperialistic errors and pretending there were still imperialistic errors to make respectively (oh, and the abuse of Greenpeace).

But while France may have disagreed with much of the Bush Era foreign policy era decisions, it was apparently in full "agreeance" with the American method of invading privacy.
France's foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde. The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says. The operation is "outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision", Le Monde says.
Well, a major French newspaper at least disagrees with the program, that gives it one up on the American media.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Yaphod Ignatz said...

French law enforcement has spyed on and tracked it's citizens (and visitors) for over one hundred years. The French really have no expectations of privacy.

Montag said...

And, Le Monde is pretty much considered a center-right newspaper by the French.

Le Monde complaining about this is a bit like Fred Hiatt dropping his trousers and taking a dump in George Bush's front yard.