NSA spies globally. Enormous amounts of meta-data are collected. It’s been ongoing for decades. Post-9/11, it intensified. It’s out-of-control today. It’s lawless. It’s menacing. It persists.
Spying domestically isn’t for national security. Nor is monitoring allies. It’s about control. It’s for economic advantage. It’s to be one up on foreign competitors. It’s for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.
On June 30, London’s Guardian headlined “New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies. Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France, Italy. Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics.”
One document includes 38 embassies and missions. It calls them “targets.” Extraordinary spying methods are used. Bugs are planted in electronic communications gear.
They monitor cable transmissions. They do so with “specialised antennae.” Targets include EU nations, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India and Turkey.
China, Russia, Iran, and numerous other countries are spied on intensively. One bugging method is codenamed “Dropmire.” According to a 2007 document, it’s “implanted on the Cryptofax at the EU embassy, DC.”
It refers to “a bug placed in a commercially available encrypted fax machine used at the mission. (It’s) used to send cables back to foreign affairs ministries in European capitals.”
NSA spying disclosures long pre-date Snowden’s revelations. He connected important dots. He provided additional information. He made millions aware globally. Previously they didn’t know.
America’s allies and enemies do. Perhaps they now know more. Maybe they criticized privately. Likely they were silent. They do the same things.
Germany’s Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger wants an explanation. Perhaps she already has one. She didn’t say. If confirmed, she said, Washington’s behavior reflects Cold War tactics.
“It is beyond imagination that our friends in the US view Europeans as the enemy,” she stressed.