It seems that the US has been listening to the mobile phone conversations of both its friends and enemies. Defenders of the practice fob off concerns by saying that ‘everyone does it’. Well I’m not so sure that other countries are engaged in quite as blatant espionage. And even if it were true, does it make it right?
Defenders of the practice also say that one’s friends have intercourse with one’s enemies. Perhaps so, but even then does it justify listening in on someone like Angela Merkel?
I think the NSA has crossed the line. It has destroyed international confidence in US diplomacy and shattered any vestige of good will that the United States has rightly enjoyed.
If one of your friends accidentally leaves a personal letter, would you read it? Would you open an envelope and read the contents while your friend wasn’t looking?
This is the tragedy of the NSA espionage. It seems unable to use the vast amount of material it collects, so it is trashing the reputation of the US for negligible gain. then Congress needs to save money – perhaps it should look at the NSA budget?