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Reactions continue throughout the world over the NSA's surveillance activities revealed in Edward Snowden's whistleblowing interview with Glenn Greenwald a month ago.

In this latest instance outrage was sparked in the European Union (EU) and particularly in Germany over a report in the German magazine "Der Spiegal" telling of the NSA "tapping EU offices in Washington, Brussels and at the United Nations" and gaining "access to the EU's internal computer networks." [1]

Yesterday, Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative said the EU had immediately contacted U.S. authorities (regarding "Der Spiegal's" reports) and a U.S. government spokesman responded, "we're checking on the accuracy of the information revealed yesterday and would get back to the EU as soon as possible," [2] (conveying the idea the administration wasn't aware of what the NSA was doing. Please).

The U.S. and the EU are close trading partners but as Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice and fundamental rights said, "Partners do not spy on each other." [3]    

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A spokesman for the German federal prosecutor's office said they were "looking into whether it should start an investigation and bring criminal charges," [4] (presumably against the NSA).

German Justice Minister, Sabine Schnarrenberger said, "If the reports are correct, this brings to memory actions among enemies during the Cold War. It goes beyond any imagination that our friends in the United States view the Europeans as enemies," [5] (well Justice Minister, think again about "our friends in the U.S.").

Let's remember the German's are particularly sensitive to spying having lived and endured the internal spying of Hitler's Third Reich and the "Stasi" internal security agents in East Germany that cultivated informants to pass on what they heard as well as getting neighbor on neighbor spying that prevailed under these totalitarian regimes.

But getting back to the NSA's electronic surveillance activities, it seems the U.S. sees enemies everywhere, seeks insider information on supposed "allies" and enemies alike making all the world a battlefield.

The attitude seems to be, trust nobody and that includes your own citizens.

The biggest ruse of all this secret surveillance snooping is necessary to protect the people from terrorism and terrorists.

But when it's done to data mine the personal electronic transmissions of everyone in the world without exception, without specific evidence or reason to suspect any wrongdoing, then it's "big brother" totalitarianism operating under the guise of democracy, the rule of law and the Constitution.

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The rest of the world sees the U.S. for what it has become (which has been confirmed by whistleblowers Snowden, Manning who recognized the malevolence the U.S. has been perpetrating since 9/11.  

Hopefully it'll only be a matter of time for the majority of people in the U.S. to catch up with the rest of the world's peoples and recognize their government sees them as enemies that need to be spied on; that the idea of a government "of, by and for the people" is the ultimate snow job; propaganda spouted by the executive, the sycophants in the Congress and their mouthpieces in the corporate media.  

[1] "EU, U.S. at odds on spy reports, German magazine says NSA tapped group's offices", by Ben Deighton and Annike Breidthardt, Reuters reporters, "The Baltimore Sun", July 1, 2013.

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