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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the wonder-how-long-until-the-staff-gets-wiretapped dept.

Cory Doctorow at bOing bOing reports Newly disclosed documents from the trove Edward Snowden provided to journalists reveal the existence of the Nymrod database that listed 122 world leaders, many from nations friendly to the USA, that were spied upon by the NSA. Included in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was already known to have been wiretapped by the NSA thanks to an earlier disclosure. Nymrod's "Target Knowledge Database" combed through the NSA's pool of global intercepts to amass dossiers of private communications emails, faxes, calls and Internet traffic related to the leaders.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @11:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @11:29PM (#24521)

    Your position sounds absurd. You are suggesting that the U.S. do no spying because it violates the privacy rights of people in other countries. Are you under the impression that the U.S. is the only government that spies on others? Or do you think the U.S. should be the only country that doesn't spy on others?

    Do you honestly think the founders thought that spying on foreign nations is forbidden by the fourth amendment?

  • (Score: 1) by bill_mcgonigle on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:50AM

    by bill_mcgonigle (1105) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @04:50AM (#24621)

    Yes, that's what natural rights are about. Jefferson felt strongly about this, but he also did not support the Constitution nor did he do a great job following it.

    If Jefferson can't get it right, pretty much nobody else has a hope of doing so.

  • (Score: 2) by etherscythe on Wednesday April 02 2014, @03:33PM

    by etherscythe (937) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @03:33PM (#24908) Journal

    No, I'm suggesting that we have a problem with being hypocritical - our foundational documents suggest we aught not to be spying on anybody. Realistically, it's a very useful thing to do, getting a heads-up on events and circumstances affecting our interests; this is why it is done. But maybe we shouldn't trumpet to the world that we have the greatest aspirations and are the most morally upstanding folks, whilst simultaneously spying not only in violation of our own core principles but on the symbolic figureheads of other nations, which by extension is kind of like simultaneously violating the rights of every single citizen in that country.

    If we want to be honest about our place in the world, maybe we should change our constitution to reflect it.

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