Sunday, June 30, 2013

Round 2: The Empire Gets Caught With Its Spying Pants Down -OR- Euro-pissed Off

Well, whaddaya know, it turns out that the American Empire's military / industrial / surveillance complex is a sort of perpetual motion machine of spying -- including, it turns out, on our dear European Union allies as reported in Der Spiegel yesterday. It's not just old fashion "bugs" but also in all sorts of computer networks. Basically, it's ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that produces data is spied upon.

Der Spiegel (at least in its English online version) is calling it "Attacks from America," as shown in the above screen captured image I made. With that headline, we've come about as far as we can from the immediate post-9/11 ones.


The Guardian -- whose Glenn Greenwald broke the original NSA spying story and who remains a distracting side show story for the American media -- also reported on this story today. This is a continuation of the information leaked by Edward J. Snowden, who remains holed up at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Did I mention that the eagle is soaring like she's never soared before? And that David Gregory is a tool of said M/I/S complex and more general corporate oligarchical intrigue? Maybe he and James K. Glassman can write a book together with a forward by Andrew Ross Sorkin in which we find out that terrorism is the fault of poor people in the U.S. on food stamps.

The current revelation has infuriated the Europeans. In a second Der Spiegel article (this one from today), Germany's Federal Prosecutors' Office is launching an investigation to see if (quoting the article) "the systematic data spying against the country conducted by America's National Security Agency violated laws aimed at protecting German citizens."

That's all well and good, and I don't blame the Germans, but maybe you should get rid of that "malignant lunacy" of the euro in its current form that is destroying the dream of a United States of Europe.

In a related third article in Der Spiegel (also today) about how the spying scandal might cause problems with a proposed Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and the EU, there was the following quote:

"If these reports are true, then it is abhorrent," said Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. "It would seem that the [US] secret services have gotten out of control. The US should monitor their own secret services rather than their allies."

An "anonymous" type protestor in Hanover, Germany protests U.S. spying, June 29, 2013.


And here is another great quote from the article (emphasis added):

Elmar Brok, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in European Parliament added his opprobrium. "The spying has reached dimensions that I didn't think were possible for a democratic country. Such behavior among allies is intolerable." The US, he added, once the land of the free, "is suffering from a security syndrome," added Brok, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats. "They have completely lost all balance. George Orwell is nothing by comparison."

My hunch, though, is that in the end, righteous Euro fury aside, the prospect of America's national government, which only does the bidding of the ruling corporate oligarchical elite, NOT signing a Free Trade Agreement that sacrifices and destroys the American worker on the altar of Sebastian Mallaby's utopian monomania is simply too great.

I mean, the EU sees how great it has worked out for China, and putting aside the euro debacle, you still have European countries that actually believe in taking care of their working class and their people.

This raises a deeper and more troubling reality: In the end, no matter how monomaniacally crazed America is when it comes to its "security" and how ever-metastasizing is its terror-mongering military / industrial / surveillance complex that is part of the larger sky-trillion dollar war machine ...

... nevertheless America is also in the thrall of its is utopian ideologies married to ruthlessly amoral nation-less corporate oligarchical forces that have NO use for the American workforce as a market of consumers (much less as fellow citizens and human beings) and will therefore work in to institute a sort of Walmart wage-slave state that is antithetical to the long-term survival of America as an actual functioning nation-state.

It's all OK, though, because Sen. Dianne Feinstein is there to tell us why this is EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD BE and there is no cause for alarm, and if you aren't doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.

Just to clarify and reiterate my own position on this topic that I related in this entry: Given that American has the means and abilities to spy on everything, OF COURSE it is going to do it, especially with the hysteria of the existential threat that terrorism supposedly poses to American civilization. And (at least on the surface of it), the justification of all this spying is to "root out" potential threats rather than impose a specific ideology, and it is completely in the background so you don't actually notice it at all.

Having said that, I still hate the fact that this is the reality we have now, and I also think it speaks to a very troubled empire in decline, one whose values are all deeply harmful to its own people. It's an empire that can't or won't defend the interests of its own people, especially its poor and hard working ones, and yet it engages in this kind of behavior while (due to a combination of utopian "free market / freedom" ideologies that make it a crime to be poor and the rule of plutocracy) facilitates the power of unchecked corporate oligarchy.


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