Et Tu EU, Well the NSA Data Mining EU – We Are Supposed To Be Allies

NSA Spying on Us and Friends – Where and When will it stop? And we still don’t know where BO was the night of Benghazi, but BO can collect Billions of bits of info per day.

Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices
By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark – Der Spiegel

America’s NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New York and Washington.

Information obtained by SPIEGEL shows that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) not only conducted online surveillance of European citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions. The information appears in secret documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that SPIEGEL has in part seen. A “top secret” 2010 document describes how the secret service attacked the EU’s diplomatic representation in Washington.

The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in the building in downtown Washington, DC, the European Union representation’s computer network was also infiltrated. In this way, the Americans were able to access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents on computers.

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  1. It’s not nice to piss off friends and neighbors, they may retaliate. Or they may take their toys and go home until the pseudo king apologizes.

    Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims

    President says NSA will assess espionage allegations as France and Germany demand answers and warn of delay to trade talks

    Ian Traynor in Brussels and Dan Roberts in Washington

    The Guardian, Monday 1 July 2013

    Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the US.

    The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French president, François Hollande, demanded quick explanations from Washington about disclosures by the Guardian and Der Spiegel that US agencies bugged European embassies and offices. Berlin stressed there had to be mutual trust if trade talks were to go ahead in Washington on Monday.

    Hollande went further, indicating the talks could be called off unless the alleged spying was stopped immediately and US guarantees were provided.

    Lot more goodies here:

    Hmmmm, what’s a pseudo king to do especially when he believes he’s correct 125% of the time.

  2. Let’s be honest here: of course the US spies on its allies . . . and our allies spy on us, too. Thanks to Mr Snowden, we got busted, but they know damned well that they are spying on us, too.

    Israel has no closer ally than the United States; do I really need to mention Jonathan Pollard here?

    We will continue to spy on them, and they will continue to spy on us.

  3. Never forget the USS Liberty:

    (The following is based on an an excerpt from Wikipedia significantly edited and with emphasis added.)

    The USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighters and by Israeli Naval torpedo boats on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 American crew members (naval officers, seamen, two Marines, and one civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nautical miles northwest of the Egyptian city of Arish.

    Israel apologized, claiming the USS Liberty had been attacked in error after being mistaken for an Egyptian ship. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the ship’s identity, however others, including survivors of the attack, have rejected these conclusions and maintain that the attack was deliberate.

    In May 1968, the Israeli government paid $3,323,500 as full payment to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3,566,457 in compensation to the men who had been wounded. On 18 December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million as settlement for the final U.S. bill of $17,132,709 for material damage to the Liberty itself plus 13 years’ interest.

    (The Liberty was a sister ship to the USS Pueblo, both were WW2 Victory ships converted to spy ships designed to intercept communications and were jointly operated by USN and NSA to collect ELINT AND SIGINT. The Pueblo was boarded and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968 one week before the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and set off an eleven month drama over the treatment and eventual release of American prisoners. Both events, Tet and the Pueblo Incident were major issues during the Cold War.)

    The US Navy reviewed Israeli claims the attack was an accident and accepted that conclusion, however the survivors and many others maintain the attack was deliberate.

    In 2002, Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, U.S. Navy, senior counsel for the Court of Inquiry, said that the Court of Inquiry’s findings were intended to cover up what was a deliberate attack by Israel on a ship it knew to be American. In 2004, in response to the publication of Jay Cristol’s book The Liberty Incident, which Boston said was an “insidious attempt to whitewash the facts” he prepared and signed an affidavit in which he said that Admiral Kidd had told him that the government ordered Kidd to falsely report that the attack was a mistake, and that he and Kidd both believed the attack was deliberate. On the issue Boston wrote, in part:

    The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack, which killed 34 American sailors and injured 172 others, was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew. Each evening, after hearing testimony all day, we often spoke our private thoughts concerning what we had seen and heard. I recall Admiral Kidd repeatedly referring to the Israeli forces responsible for the attack as ‘murderous bastards.’ It was our shared belief, based on the documentary evidence and testimony we received first hand, that the Israeli attack was planned and deliberate, and could not possibly have been an accident.

    Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State at the time of the incident, wrote:

    I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.

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