Monday, November 04, 2013

The operative question on the NSA remains...

Who have they not spied upon?
Israel has been the target of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency and also collaborates on intelligence gathering with the United States, The New York Times reported.
Of course, the U.S. and Israel spying on each other is a long-standing tradition, ask Jonathan Pollard. But the answer to the question is, probably everyone except the people they should probably actually be spying on. This information comes through information provided by Russia's No. 1 IT hire, Edward Snowden. Meanwhile, as noticed by Digby, contributing as always to the self-parody that is the perpetual defense of the police state, Diane Feinstein actually stated: "...if Snowden had been a true whistle-blower, he could have reported it to her committee privately." Yeah, because there's been no lesser proponent of the privacy of American citizens and proponent of excusing spying excesses than good ol' DiFi. I'm sure Snowden considered that about a millisecond. [Cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Anonymous said...

"If Snowden had been a true whistle-blower, he could have reported it to my committee privately, and never be seen again. Whoops, did I say that last part out loud?"

pansypoo said...

meh. attention whore.

nations have spied on allies + enemies since forever. debate is on if it is as invasive. but certainly intense waste of time + money. but it is nothing 'new', except its on EVERYBODY now. more haystacks is an odd stategery.

Athenawise said...

Who have they not spied upon?

Probably places they deem not worth noticing, like Greenland or any of the African nations that don't have oil or obtainable natural resources.