posted on Oct, 24 2013 @ 03:21 PM
Another Snowden revelation via the UK Guardian.
The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US
government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the
Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.
The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were
immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA.
So what is their excuse this time? This comes just a day or two after Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor personally called Obama over revelations
that HER phone had been tapped.
The excuse that they are looking for terrorists just won't cover this kind of surveillance. This has obvious political overtones. I recall a post
or article I read within the past few days that Hillary Clinton had used some intel to get information regarding the UN vote on Syria, who was for and
against, etc, and she was justifying the spying for that reason.
Two things of import on this matter, I think need to be discussed.
First, the article states that the NSA was going after the rolodexes of other government officials to get information, private contact information,
for foreign diplomats and leaders and were being given this information. This means not only are the other branches/de[artments complicit in this
behavior, it means they KNEW this surveillance was going on and approved.
Secondly, and more importantly, this is not the "Good Guys" kind of behavior. This is not the moral high ground our government preaches down from
to all the other "Bad Guy" nations. You can't spy on your allies political leaders and expect them not to find out, and not to become angry.
Several countries are already rethinking, if not outright cutting off, their intelligence ties to the US. And it's making the world as a whole angry
and suspicious of America for doing it, and we Americans for letting it happen.
So what are we to do, considering that the few attempts to even see what the NSA is doing, let alone stop it, have been stonewalled? When the
administration says the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction to even hear the case to get records?