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#1 User is offline   patroclo 

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Posted 2013-October-24, 16:12

Why americans spies european leaders ?
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Posted 2013-October-24, 17:05

View Postpatroclo, on 2013-October-24, 16:12, said:

Why americans spies european leaders ?


Do not trust anyone, not even your friends is the usual thinking in the state of paranoia.
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Posted 2013-October-24, 17:17

Every nation spies on its allies.
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Posted 2013-October-24, 17:32

Maybe it's easier to spy on friends than it is to spy on enemies. Also, governments never know when it's going to be advantageous to change an enemy to a friend, and vice versa, so they want to be ready, maybe?

or maybe it's like so much else with computers, just because they can.
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Posted 2013-October-24, 23:56

There's spying going on here? I'm shocked!



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Posted 2013-October-25, 00:00

View Postbarmar, on 2013-October-24, 23:56, said:

There's spying going on here? I'm shocked!


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Posted 2013-October-25, 08:57

This is actually a good question and the answer most likely is quite a bit more complex than can be addressed in a single post in the WC. Entrenched bureaucrats would be a good starting point, though, bureaucrats who pass along shared ideology from the Cold War and find like-minded people to hire into the system and weed out any that oppose that thinking. Follow that with technological breakthroughs and a lack of oversight and you end up with a organization running itself to a degree, outside of the operational government and protected by insulation of onion-like layers of like-minded souls in leadership positions.

Whatever group controls the intelligence also controls the actions of the country - and that, in a nutshell, is how ths NSA came to spy on Europe.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 10:51

Personally I could care less if anyone accessed my personal communications because I don't reveal anything that I wouldn't state publicly but politics doesn't work that way.

I suspect it's 99% economic and has been going on forever.

Canada just signed a free trade deal with the EU but it will take a couple of years to be ratified. With a bit of insider knowledge as to what it will take to get it done we can concede this or that or it would take a decade to finish it. And/or we look for openings to make out like bandits in our national interest (more likely). The EU is doing the same thing or they are asleep at the switch.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 13:36

View Postggwhiz, on 2013-October-25, 10:51, said:

The EU is doing the same thing or they are asleep at the switch.

Yep, I think that all advanced nations spy on each other all the time, and that their top government officials and intelligence agencies know this perfectly well. The rank and file citizen may be shocked and outraged by this revelation, but the only thing those in the know are surprised or irate about is that the information went public; and that is what the governments are going to work on preventing happening again.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 14:08

View Postbillw55, on 2013-October-25, 13:36, said:

Yep, I think that all advanced nations spy on each other all the time, and that their top government officials and intelligence agencies know this perfectly well. The rank and file citizen may be shocked and outraged by this revelation, but the only thing those in the know are surprised or irate about is that the information went public; and that is what the governments are going to work on preventing happening again.



Surely, there was always spying on each other..and this is not what shocks the Europeans in such a manner.

The paranoide dimension of this what the NSA is doing, this makes so many people sick here.

It seems most americans do not care about this huge less controlled "octopus" growing over their country,
after 9/11 they are agreed with everything on this matter.

We have to find the way to stop this...said the boss of the NSA yeasterday.
And he did not mean the paranoia in his own organisation but the people of free media!
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Posted 2013-October-25, 15:34

View PostAberlour10, on 2013-October-25, 14:08, said:

It seems most americans do not care about this huge less controlled "octopus" growing over their country,
after 9/11 they are agreed with everything on this matter.

I think this is a serious overbid. As for the rest, well, I confess I'm wondering how it's all going to turn out myself. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 16:06

View Postbillw55, on 2013-October-25, 13:36, said:

Yep, I think that all advanced nations spy on each other all the time, and that their top government officials and intelligence agencies know this perfectly well. The rank and file citizen may be shocked and outraged by this revelation, but the only thing those in the know are surprised or irate about is that the information went public; and that is what the governments are going to work on preventing happening again.

There is a little more going on that people in the USA may not see.

Before 9/11, international airline security was reasonably good. In contrast, domestic airline security in the USA was pretty bad.

After 9/11, the Bush administration took a lot of measures to improve security. Instead of focussing only on the domestic security problems, they also imposed their ideas on security on the rest of the world, to improve international airline security, which was already reasonably good.

Because of 9/11, the European allies of the USA went along with that - even if they were, in principle, opposed to this. The privacy of Europeans was sacrificed to the Americans, all in the name of preventing another terrorist act. It meant we had to get new passports (and in Europe, unlike the USA, almost everybody has a passport), we had to get fingerprinted, our lives and identities had to be databased. We Europeans found that way over the top, but if it made our American friends sleep good at night, okay, let's do it. The NSA got access to information about us from our phone and internet providers, in the name of US security. (These are data that the USA does not allow itself to gather about their own citizens.) But it was all in the interest of the US security... and, as the USA assured us, the European security as well.

Now comes the big "Yeah, right. Security, my foot!! You did it all out of economic interest. You misused our trust and our sympathy to steal from us.". This is where the "friends don't spy on friends" emotion comes from. The USA is seen as JR Ewing: The whole world knows he can't be trusted, yet we are all stupid enough to do business with him anyway, and he gets away with everything he does.

And no one understands the USA: "What nation wants to be like JR Ewing?". John Wayne isn't our type, but we can understand it if the USA wants to be like the Duke. Archie Bunker -though definitely not our favorite character- would be fine too. We can even live with Charles Ingalls, since we do realize that it would be too much to ask for Bill Cosby. But why JR?!?

WHY?!?

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Posted 2013-October-25, 17:55

The everybody does it, spies will be spies argument is totally lame. Everybody does what exactly? Put their relationships with their most important ally at risk to achieve what exactly? This is a case of incredibly bad judgment. And it is scary to me that organizations like NSA don't get this. Even JR used better judgment than this.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 20:19

View Posty66, on 2013-October-25, 17:55, said:

Even JR used better judgment than this.


Well...JR didn't get caught.
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Posted 2013-October-25, 23:36

View Posty66, on 2013-October-25, 17:55, said:

The everybody does it, spies will be spies argument is totally lame. Everybody does what exactly? Put their relationships with their most important ally at risk to achieve what exactly? This is a case of incredibly bad judgment. And it is scary to me that organizations like NSA don't get this. Even JR used better judgment than this.

I won't speak for anyone else, but when I said "every nation spies on its allies" I wasn't making an argument, I was stating a fact. I certainly did not and do not claim that spying on one's allies is justified because "everybody does it," or for any other reason.
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Posted 2013-October-26, 06:54

View Postblackshoe, on 2013-October-25, 23:36, said:

I won't speak for anyone else, but when I said "every nation spies on its allies" I wasn't making an argument, I was stating a fact.

Nope, you were stating what you (incorrectly, in my view) think is a fact.
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Posted 2013-October-26, 07:19

Help me out here. Is it a settled matter that the intercepts were for economic reasons or had economic consequences? If so, I totally agree with all of the criticism. The reason for all of this spying is to deal with (I believe real) threats to security. Any other use, whether directly planned or as a convenient by-pruduct, shows egregious lack of judgment. It is not just morally wrong it is, what is perhaps worse, incredibly stupid. Shooting ourselves in the foot wouldn't cover it, other parts of the anatomy come to mind.

Cyber-tech seems to be this century's atom bomb. Before Hiroshima, few people had any idea such destruction was possible. A good part of the effort for the rest of the century was trying to keep ourselves from blowing us all up. Now we have just all become far too good at doing bad things with cyber-technology. The genie cannot be put back in the bottle.

I completely agree that we, all of us, need to find a way to deal with it. A starting point is absolute agreement that spying is for security purposes and for security purposes only, and any violation of this is criminal. That's not likely to be enough. I suppose I really don't mind if someone, as the expression goes, touches my junk as I go through airport security but it's fair to ask where we are headed with all of this.
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Posted 2013-October-26, 07:42

View PostTrinidad, on 2013-October-25, 16:06, said:

And no one understands the USA: "What nation wants to be like JR Ewing?". John Wayne isn't our type, but we can understand it if the USA wants to be like the Duke. Archie Bunker -though definitely not our favorite character- would be fine too. We can even live with Charles Ingalls, since we do realize that it would be too much to ask for Bill Cosby. But why JR?!?

WHY?!?

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Posted 2013-October-26, 07:49

View Postcherdano, on 2013-October-26, 06:54, said:

Nope, you were stating what you (incorrectly, in my view) think is a fact.

Okay, I can't prove it, so it's opinion. But neither that nor your view makes me wrong.
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Posted 2013-October-26, 07:52

View Postkenberg, on 2013-October-26, 07:19, said:

Cyber-tech seems to be this century's atom bomb.

"They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction." -- Then US Attorney General Janet Reno, speaking of "a new breed of criminal" in a speech in 1998.
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