Obama met with leaders of Brazil and Mexico to talk with them about when the NSA spied on their communications. These leaders are not happy about this, and they want to know everything that the NSA found and did.
Well, can you blame them? It seems as if no one is immune from the prying eyes of the NSA, not even leaders of other countries. President Obama said he and his administration “will work to resolve tensions over allegations that the U.S. monitored their communications.” What a comforting thought!
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was not happy at all about the possibility of the NSA spying on them, and “remains combative” about this. She wants to know “everything” about the U.S. surveillance, and says that this is “incompatible with Democratic alliances.”
Nobama tried to reassure Rousseff that he takes this matter very seriously, but I think I would be fuming as well if I found out that I was being spied on by an Agency in another country; one that I was supposedly in allegiance with no less! The mutual trust and diplomacy seems to have been tossed out the window, and has been replaced by dishonor. But, leave it to Nobama to screw up a perfectly good relationship…
Both Rousseff and President Enrique Pena Nieto both are outraged by this, and Nieto was quoted by the Seattle Times as saying “it constitutes an illegal act.” Yep, nothing destroys a friendship or an allegiance faster than spying on your BFF illegally!
President Rousseff was so outraged, she cancelled a trip to Washington. At the G20 summit recently, she said: “I think is very serious to spy on a democratic country, very serious. I don’t see how someone can defend spying on a democratic country, or spying on the privacy of people.” I could not agree with her more!
Rousseff went on to say that “I made him (Obama) see that the relationship that we had, based on the fact that we are big democracies in this part of the world, is incompatible with the act of spying.”
This goes without saying, but apparently it is very important for Nobama to find out what people are saying on their Facebook pages and in their emails. And it is more important to him than a solid, trustworthy allegiance between two countries. She concluded by saying “President Obama told me – and repeated – that he wants to create political conditions for my trip to the United States,” she said. “I want to know everything that they have. Everything.”
This situation with the NSA just keeps getting worse. I wrote yesterday that the NSA has cracked some of the toughest web encryption codes, and it could open us up to even more danger from hackers. Not only that, but it could make using the internet as dangerous as going to a gun fight without a firearm. It just goes to show that under this administration, nobody can be trusted. Not the President, not the President’s Chiefs of Staff, and especially not the NSA.
And if two leaders from other countries are mad at the President for allowing (or encouraging!) the NSA to spy on their communications, what does that say about him? What does that say about our privacy and our privacy rights? Not a heck of a lot I’m afraid.
A minister for Brazil’s external relations, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, is expected to meet with the U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice on September 11th to discuss the matter.
Source: The Seattle Times