The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “US coping with FURIOUS allies as NSA SPYING revelations GROW” (Web-site/URL: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/28/.Um66gJWNWnY.twitter).
“The United States is scrambling to soothe some of its closest allies, angered as one report after another details vast American spying — including gathering data on tens of millions of phone calls in Spain in a single month”.
“The latest report, published Monday (October 28 2013) in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo said that the National Security Agency (NSA) had collected information on 60 million calls in that country last December (2012)”.
“It followed reports in the last week that the United States spied on leaders of at least 35 countries, and even bugged the PERSONAL cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel”. Again this is why we must keep “personal” and PROFESSIONAL lives separate. Also once again, this reminds us of CUI XILING who had only THREE publications between 2008 and 2012 (Web-site/URL: http://www.hksyu.edu/ba/CuiXiling.html) before being called out for failing to produce research results because she took the time to have TWO kids in 3.5 years as a PhD candidate at CUHK. Then after being called out, she published a whole bunch of stuff. However many of her “Conference Publications” were in KOREA.
“Jay Carney, the White House Press secretary, said Monday (October 28, 2013) that a White House review of intelligence-gathering would be complete by year’s end (2013) and that it would address how to BALANCE national security and privacy“.“But he stressed: “The work that’s being done here SAVES LIVES and PROTECTS the United States and PROTECTS our allies and PROTECTS Americans stationed in VERY DANGEROUS places around the world. We DON’T just do it because we can”. “We don’t just do it because we can” seems to be/can be INTERPRETED as DEFENSIVE behavior (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). According to Axel Voss, “a German member of the European Parliament”, “IF we DON’T get the explanations, (then) I DON’T think we can trust on the reliability of the U.S. in these questions”. This is NOT good, but EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “But IF they are now starting to talk to us and explaining to us why and how and what data and so on, then it MIGHT BE very helpful and we can REGAIN TRUST (?) and RE-INSTALL TRUST (?) again”. There are THREE things to note here. First, “might” IS NOT a guarantee. Secondly can we “trust” POLITICIANS? On top of this, we can say that this is HIGHLY UNLIKELY. “He added: “But it’s getting more and more difficult” obviously. “In a statement Sunday night (October 27, 2013), U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that a White House review is examining “the way that we gather intelligence to ensure that we properly account for the security concerns of our citizens and allies and the PRIVACY concerns that all people share and to ensure that our intelligence resources most effectively support our foreign policy and national security objectives”. This is a delicate balancing act. “Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that the administration SHOULD NOT apologize or BE DEFENSIVE“. “THE REALITY is (that) the NSA has saved THOUSANDS of lives, not just in the United States, but (also) in FRANCE, GERMANY and THROUGHOUT EUROPE. We’re NOT doing it for the fun of it. This is to GATHER VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE, which helps not just us, but also helps the Europeans”. Again, the GOP notion/idea is: do whatever is necessary to PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY an area where they have a PERCEIVED advantage over Democrats. According to Steve Clemons, who writes frequently on foreign policy, “When we’re doing this on Germany, on France, on Great Britain and other nations that we’ve been allied with in fighting Al Qaeda, in invading Libya together, these kinds of things just TRAMPLE TRUST” which again is something we DON’T need because as we know, there is enough distrust of the US in the world already. Finally, “Robert Gibbs, a former press secretary for the Obama administration, told TODAY on Monday (October 28, 2013) that “clearly, DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE“. Again this is NOT good. “I think we have to evaluate whether the costs of the methods of gathering some intelligence greatly exceeds the benefit of that intelligence, particularly when we’re listening in to, apparently, some of our very closest allies”.
So, distrust of the US has now spread BEYOND the Arab world/Middle East and spilled over into EUROPE.