Since whistleblower Edward Snowden first began releasing information about extensive military spying on practically everybody in the United States through an electronic surveillance network created by the National Security Agency, the justifications coming from the Obama Administration have been focused on one issue. They have told us that the NSA spying on Americans is needed to protect us all from terrorism.
The truth, it turns out, is that NSA spying is mostly used for purposes other than anti-terrorism.
A new revelation is that the NSA used its Internet spying tool PRISM, and another named BOUNDLESS INFORMANT to conduct a spying operation against ambassadors from India at the United Nations headquarters, which is within the borders of the USA, as well as at India’s diplomatic posts in Washington D.C. The NSA anti-India spying operation didn’t have anything to do with terrorism, but focused on trying to get political and economic information from India, as well as information about India’s domestic military capabilities.
Will Barack Obama and James Clapper now claim that India is a great American enemy?
These revelations come in addition to information that NSA electronic spying is being used to:
- Provide information on Americans’ financial activities to the IRS
- Hunt down drug users in the United States through the DEA
- Begin prosecutions of domestic crimes in the United States by the Department of Justice
- Steal economic information from Brazil and to spy on the communications of Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff
- Snoop on the Internet activities of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto
- Monitor the activities of the sexual partners and romantic interests of NSA agents
As President Rousseff said at the United Nations General Assembly this week, “The argument that illegal interception of information and data is allegedly intended to protect nations against terrorism is untenable… What we have before us, Mr. President, is a serious case of violation of human rights and civil liberties.”