Oct 22, 2013

Fallout spreads from Obama’s surveillance state

The National Security Agency is inflicting damage on both US businesses and US foreign policy as the extent of global surveillance becomes apparent.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s surveillance state is bad for both business and US foreign policy, it seems.

Overnight, the French government summoned the US ambassador to explain revelations in Le Monde, based on material provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, that the US National Security Agency recorded over 70 million phone calls in France between business leaders, politicians and the French government. President François Hollande spoke directly to Obama to express his “deep disapproval”, which prompted this extraordinary statement from the White House:

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5 thoughts on “Fallout spreads from Obama’s surveillance state

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Oh that pesky whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Now look what problems he has caused for that pernicious US government.

  2. klewso

    No wonder they’re trying to move heaven, earth and public opinion to shut down Snowden – imagine what damage the truth about what “the land of the free” really does to it’s allies, when those revelations grow bigger?

  3. klewso

    “Intelligence” is fine – ’til those who think they have too much get hold of it?

  4. Meg Marlo

    It’s Karma, but on a massive personal/corporate/national scale as the US slowly disintegrates. So shall you plant, so shall you reap.

    There will of course be a replacement in the vacuum, but that’s a matter for another time.

  5. klewso

    All those tax dollars and good will wasted on the sort of people politicians appoint to look after “the national interest” – as if it’s in “the free world’s” own good – who’s own interests override everyone else’s?
    [Reckon “Flagpole Sitter” would be their favourite song?]

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