Two Questions About the NSA Spying on EU

As more info is released surrounding NSA’s spying tactics, more questions arise as to why they are doing what they have been doing.  We now know “US agencies bugged European embassies and parliament buildings” and it is no surprise the governments in Europe are pretty angry about this.  And concerning this revelation, two relevant question come to mind:

  • What is the need for this data and is it just drowning out important data that would actually matter to national security?

    When will this change?

I asked this question in a previous post but it becomes more and more important to ask it as we find out new info.  It just seems like the NSA produced a mountain of data and stored it with much of it being very unnecessary and possibly getting in the way of doing their job of protecting us from real threats.

The reasons for this bugging should be explained thoroughly to both the American people and our allies.  If there was a legitimate reason for tapping the offices because of some past revelation that Germany was housing a known terrorist in their embassy, then tell us.  Show us why we have to spend the resources on conducting this kind of business in the interests of national security and, just as importantly, why we can’t look at cutting defense spending on clearly unnecessary actions like these when the budget needs it.

  • What damage to national security has the NSA revelations truly done to this point?

So, we are tapping the EU embassies and offices.  Why is this being revealed to the world a danger to United States’ security?

Up to this point there seems to be little to be scared about over the NSA leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.  The government is using its scare tactics to convince us this has been a grave threat to our lives but one must question whether that has been even remotely true, particularly considering revelations such as these.  If anything, it has simply informed the people about the ridiculous nature of part of the military industrial complex and the obvious waste of taxpayer money conducted in our names.

Until the government’s security apparatus can produce some type of evidence showing where real damage has been done over these leaks, we must question if they are just angry about the massive black eye Snowden has given the U.S. government and the overreach of its spying actions.  The simple truth seems to be the public is more informed about government waste and the power structure that is supported by that waste sees the threat of potentially losing its funding.

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