Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Money Quote On NSA Snooping

"The magnitude of the eavesdropping is what shocked us," former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a radio interview. "Let's be honest, we eavesdrop too. Everyone is listening to everyone else. But we don't have the same means as the United States, which makes us jealous."

I don't understand why we need to do all this.  Some of it clearly traces itself back to Total Information Awareness under Bush.  And a power once claimed is hard to give up.  Hopefully, we eventually force the NSA back under some sort of control.

But spare me the outrage that we are spying on our allies.  All we are doing is spying on them better than they are spying on us.

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