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President Barack Obama during a press conference at the White House
We spy on you every which way technologically possible, intercept all your electronic communications from phone to the internet, of individuals, to "back doors" in software sold to businesses even to the personal cell phone of your head of state, but now we give "assurances" that in the future "her conversations will be safe". [i]
That's what we know the Obama administration has told German officials regarding the NSA's monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal cell phone conversations.
More concretely, the head of Germany's largest telecommunications company, Deutsche Telekom "told a cybersecurity conference in Germany on Monday that his company is working to keep electronic message traffic from 'unnecessarily' crossing the Atlantic" where it could be intercepted by the NSA.
Mr. "old reliable", NSA Director Keith Alexander in a recent interview before the Merkel revelations came to light said, "What's more important? Partnering with countries may be more important than collecting on them", his reference to "protecting against cyberthreats to the computer networks of the world's largest companies".
Maybe Alexander was anticipating the flap of Merkel's cell phone conversations being monitored and attempted to head off and deflect the all but certain uproar and her indignation once it became public. But hardly to any avail.
In the past week, Senator John McCain R. AZ jumped into the fray saying, "There should be a whole housecleaning" of the American intelligence community and Alexander "should resign or be fired".
Inconceivably, the Obama administration has not only continued to back Alexander who is scheduled to retire early next year along with supporting James Clapper, the director of national intelligence even though both lied directly in front of Congressional Committee's before the Snowden revelations began to emerge last summer, but interestingly haven't issued any other public statements exempting the listening in on German politicians, diplomats and others other than Ms. Merkel.
Relative to future electronic monitoring of Germany and according to an unnamed American intelligence official, "The reluctance is that you never know what you may need, in a month, or a year, or ten years."
That statement pretty much encapsulates the mindset of our spooks and the mandate they work under; trust nothing.
Today's "friends" may become tomorrow's enemies so trust nothing. You never know another Hitler may rise in Germany. Please!
From here it's all paranoia on steroids. From our "intelligence" miscreants to those who authorize their illegal clandestine undertakings to our diplomatic bumblers extraordinaire, the illegal wars we engage in to the innocents we kill calling them "collateral damage" to the official propaganda keeping the people fearful of terrorists and terrorism. Throw in the trillions of debt held by China, Japan and other countries that props up our economy to say nothing of the buffoonery by a small minority of House dunderheads that managed to hold the federal government hostage and force a shutdown.
It would all be laughable if it weren't so real.
[i] "Spying Scandal Alters U.S. Ties With Allies and Raises Talk of Policy Shift", by Allison Smale and David E. Sanger, "The New York Times", November 11, 2013