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Mass NSA Surveillance Implies 'Bizarre Presumption of Guilt' (Der Standard, Austria)

 

"The whole point of the PRISM story is not that U.S. intelligence is siphoning off the data of Europeans. Rather, it is that large portions of the Internet's traffic are monitored and evaluated, legally although completely illegitimately, under some bizarre presumption of guilt. While ostensibly for the sake of protecting freedom and democracy, any such protections are marginal at best. The opposite is more likely."

 

By Christoph Prantner

 

Translated By Jonathan Lobsien

 

July 6, 2013

 

Austria - Der Standard - Original Article (German)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Her subdued reaction to the scale of the NSA's surveillance of Germany has raised eyebrows.

 

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Americans are listening in on Europeans? You say - they've even bugged European institutions? Yikes! This revelation from Der Spiegel is so "shocking," one could lose faith in the decency of our intelligence officials. A sensitive person might ask, how on earth can this be, given the long and beautiful friendship across the Atlantic? In fact, it would be surprising if the opposite were true. Spying on allies is almost as normal as the systematic spying on political enemies.

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What's really disturbing about the PRISM scandal, which set this entire debate in motion, is the fact that evidently, European service providers participated in the American inquests without hesitation, and without any concern for how they came about. In this respect, the chorus of indignation from European politicians, who of course knew nothing about it, is part of an unparalleled symphony of bigotry.

 

The whole point of the PRISM story is not that U.S. intelligence is siphoning off the data of Europeans. Rather, it is that large portions of the Internet's traffic are monitored and evaluated, legally although completely illegitimately, under some bizarre presumption of guilt. While ostensibly for the sake of protecting freedom and democracy, any such protections are marginal at best. The opposite is more likely.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US June 6, 2013, 10:08pm