Surveillance of the innocents


The other day I was asked in a comment on another blog, why people of other countries dislike the USA?
The latest scandal, about the internet surveillance, is one reason why. The US goes around the world lecturing every other country about human rights, democracy and freedom of speech. But when it comes to the crunch, in the name of national security, the US government violates all those fine sentiments.

The other day, when the news broke President Obama said, he could assure the American people that they are not being spied on. That is bullock ! This very comment I’m writing now will go straight into the files of the NSA and if I write this to an American citizen it  will be on his files too.

As far as the Government of the USA, or should I rather say the NSA, is concerned we are all potential terrorists. I must say when I see ‘ President Obama on TV  talking about the matter, he has a guilty looks about him.

Where is the moral dilemma? The NSA thinks they are protecting the USA and Edward Snowden thinks he is saving the world. Both have no moral dilemma.

I remember the shock horror when it became known that the East-German government was spying on its own people. Every facet of the daily life of the people was recorded. Now, with the internet, even more is known about us. Now, Snowden let the cat out of the sack and told us something we all assumed anyway. He did nothing but embarrass the NSA.

All countries do intelligence gathering, some more and some less. Now we learn, if we can trust the Guardian, that the UK government did even more spying than the USA. All the Anglo-Saxon countries are in it together. What a mess.

We in the West think we must control everything because we are afraid. When G.W. Bush said,
“Our way of life is not negotiable!” he declared war on the rest of the world. I don’t know who heard that, or who remembers that, but I assume that some silly people took offence.

As a Berliner, who grew up in Berlin during the WW II and after the war, I remember so much good the USA did for us after the war. Perhaps it was easier than to know who the enemy was. Check Point Charlie was the demarcation line. Today the enemy is lurking anywhere, even in cyberspace. Every PC becomes a hideout for an enemy. The hacker becomes a saboteur. The soldier on a console becomes a predator who kills innocent people hunting an enemy of the United States in the mountains of Pakistan.

A real nightmare. That is what I think.

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6 thoughts on “Surveillance of the innocents

  1. the communist government here did the same, but on manual level because fortunately technology is not that hi fi in India.

    the non communist governments brewed a storm in coffee cup over their doing it and now they are doing it themselves.

    we live in a really disturbed world- that needs medical attention!

  2. Gee, I follow your blog but I don’t receive any new posts on my Email account. Pity because you put up some really good articles. I should just click on Berlioz and discover them myself.
    Yes, I think the US has some nerve in condemning other countries about things they do themselves. They keep tag on the world and when they get sprung they cry traitor.
    Anyway, the sun was out and we went for a good walk. The water in the creek is getting lower but it reached up to the fences of some properties. The ducks are loving it as well as our Jack Russell ‘Milo’.

    • Thanks Gerard for the compliment. You are not getting any notifications because I haven’t written any new posts lately. Something or other stops me from writing. My brain is not full of ideas that I can write something new. The daily life is taking up time too. And as you might be aware everything takes longer now. We used to go to work. What happened to those extra eight hours we are supposed to enjoy?

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