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.