Uncle Sam Is Dancing With Mata Hari
30 octubre, 2013
United States is showing that things really can go bad to worse. After the government shut down, it has been revealed that the US is monitoring the cell phone of Angela Merkel, who is the chancellor of Germany.
In response to suspicions of espionage, the German Federal Commissioner of Data Protection, Peter Schaar, demanded definitive measures to prevent electronic breaking. Now, from both Germany and the European Union, delegates will investigate the US surveillance programs have had on EU citizens. On the other hand, the German Government invited the American ambassador for a meeting to discuss the issue in depth.
“As a matter of policy, we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations”, said Jay Carney, spokesman of the White House, who avoid to clarify whether US had spied Merkel’s personal phone in the past.
The US government defended itself by saying that to avoid terrorism and terrorist actions, it is acceptable to spy on other governments. So it’s obvious that US think they have some kind of right to do this when it comes to their own good, which is a controversial topic that most of the people disagree on. After Merkel saying that, her country’s confidence in the United States is “shaken” and the positive image that Obama had in the European public was affected in a bad way. Also, after all, other European countries are concerned about their own security too.
Besides all of these, the US government is having a tough time. The government is being critical on Obama because he didn’t know about the situation. The US Senator of California, Dianne Feinstein, told that: “As far as I’m concerned, Congress needs to know exactly what our intelligence community is doing” and “To that end, the committee will initiate a major review into all intelligence collection programs”. She explained that not knowing about this is also a big problem both for Obama and for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs. Also, Claude Moraes, Chair of European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee Delegation, said: “The EU citizens find The US spying disturbing”.
What is clear is that new the technologies had brought different ways to spy, bypassing the law with loopholes that need to be legislated the sooner the better for the common good.
Despite of the fact that Snowden, the employee at NSA who is known by leaking information about government secrets, was described as a “betrayer” at the beginning, the enormous consequences of his revelations made harder to raise the voice against him. More people are asking themselves: is it ethical for a government to spy other countries and their own citizens?
“Unacceptable” is the word used by the chancellor Angela Merkel to describe this spy scandal. But, the question here is not only what the US allies are doing, but also how the population is taking it.Graphic made by El Pais (Spanish newspaper)