How are we to make sense of the news that the US government has been “helping” the UK government collect e-mails, phone records, app records, voice chats and now the naked web photo chats of millions of Americans? How can that possibly be reconciled with President Barack Obama’s bald assertion that “there is no spying on Americans”?
This system of continued warrantless spying on innocent citizens relies on two features:
1. The Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
2. The willingness of the citizens of each country to think of foreigners as less worthy of protection and respect.