MARC PERKEL FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
It's so weird watching the news as the reporters blame leaker Edward Snowden for the problems that Obama is happening because 35 other national leaders don't want the United States spying on them. Snowed didn't do the spying. Obama did! How is it Snowden's fault? All he did was tell us the Truth.
President Obama, for example, was forced to call Merkel and claim he new nothing about the wiretapping of her phone, even though it was going on since 2002, according to the authoritative Der Spiegel. Another report from a German publication claims that Obama not only knew about the wiretapping and spying on Merkel, he approved it.
According to CBS News,
In an SCS document cited by the magazine, the agency said it had a "not legally registered spying branch" in the U.S. embassy in Berlin, the exposure of which would lead to "grave damage for the relations of the United States to another government".
From there, NSA and CIA staff tapped communication in the Berlin's government district with high-tech surveillance.
Quoting a secret document from 2010, Der Spiegel said such branches existed in about 80 locations around the world, including Paris, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Geneva and Frankfurt.
Other revelations allege massive data mining on France, the wiretapping of at least 35 world leaders, ongoing wiretapping relating to industrial espionage and political intelligence gathering by the US, major US government wiretapping on "allies" such as Mexico, Brazil, and member nations of the European Union beyond France and Germany.
If Snowden hadn't leaked what is happening at the NSA then it would have come out eventually later. You just can't keep an illegal operation that big secret. So are we better off that we know now rather than later? I think we are because the Patriot Act is being used to undermine who we are as a country and turn us into a banana republic where politicians break the law with impunity and hide behind the claim of "national secrets" as a way to conceal criminal activity that is more related to national and corporate espionage than fighting terrorism. That is not the nation our forefathers created 250 years ago.
We are a nation who has lost its way and we need to remember who we are and get back on the right side of history. The NSA spying needs to be shut down or the rest of the world will shut us out, as they should.
Note: Additional information was added to this commentary by the editorial department of BuzzFlash at Truthout.