Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
The NSA battered from the latest disclosures of its snooping operations of millions of French citizens along with the monitoring of the personal cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel came out swinging yesterday with senior intelligence officials implicating its European intelligence "partners" saying they contributed "tens of millions telephone call records in joint surveillance operations" with the "Agency".
So with the NSA unwilling to take the fall alone and feeling wounded and under duress by the revelations of its ultra secret malevolent ways now wants to confirm its old standby alibi that when it comes to spying "everyone does it".
And to think before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA's world wide surveillance operations of monitoring the electronic communications of everyone providing irrefutable evidence and thus exposing the lies of National Intelligence Director James Clapper and NSA Director Keith Alexander testifying before Congress, we and the world could only speculate on the vast clandestine operations conducted by what was formerly known as "No Such Agency".
By Snowden exposing the whole edifice of illegal spying on everyone everywhere without evidence or intent to justify the monitoring it shows how totally bankrupt and malevolent these agencies are refuting the idea democracies don't initiate wars on other democracies.
It's not only a U.S. but an international house of cards where the immoral and unethical degeneracy of so called legitimate, democratically elected governments expose their true nature and why many people worldwide are in revolt against their government overseers.
Yesterday Alexander testifying before the House Intelligence Committee said this intelligence gathering "represents information that we and our NATO allies have collected in defense of our countries and in support of military operations".
Does not his warped, distorted view of what constitutes "in defense of our countries" reveal his total lack of understanding of what defense of a Constitutional democracy is supposed to be?
It's a paranoid view of the world with enemies lurking everywhere.
Yet he and his ilk remain on the job, left unaccountable for their deceptions and often praised and defended as patriots by many in Congress, as well as the propagandized fools in the general population.
Today when our high government officials criminal actions are defended, become commonplace and not held to account it represents a trivialization of what occurred after World War II at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi and Japanese war criminals; merely the victorious exercising revenge over their defeated adversaries rather than landmark international rulings that apply to ALL who would commit war crimes in the future including those crimes committed in our self described "global war on terror".
Moral and ethical behavior and justice is blind standards can't be the strong over the weak, the victor over the defeated. They apply to everyone everywhere all the time or they have no meaning.
To this U.S. citizen when we let our high government officials go unaccountable for their malevolent, unconstitutional actions we are abetting their crimes.