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Monday, July 1, 2013

European “friends” react to U.S. government’s unfriendly fire

With “friends” like these ─ who needs…?
Edited excerpt, commentary by Carolyn Bennett

The U.S. government for the longest time has been using electronic hacking measures to infiltrate the personal, professional, business and international affairs of individual and nations ─ from the United States to Europe to Asia to Africa; and that is only as much as we know today.

Under the regime holding unchecked power in Washington:
Anybody is subject to attack. Anyone can be a victim. Anybody can be a convenient “terrorist”; anybody an “enemy” ─ including peoples and nations traditionally believed to be actual friends of the United States of America.

Corrupt, inept politics makes expedient friends and expedient enemies. Such leadership of a single nation ─ let alone a presumptive or self-proclaimed leader of the world, even of the Western world ─ is worst than outrageous. In my view, it is criminal and, in order to end the lawlessness and the insidious breakdown of human rights conventions, these leaders must be called to account before an independent court of justice.

Some leaders in Europe seem also to be outraged, as indicated by today’s article in Spiegel Online: “‘No Longer in the Cold War’ ─ (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel Infuriated by U.S. Spying”

Dr. Angela Merkel
Chancellor, Germany
 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (through her representative):  

‘We are no longer in the Cold War’ [Merkel had already communicated her displeasure to the U.S]….

‘The monitoring of friends … is unacceptable [and] can’t be tolerated.…

‘Trust has to be the basis of our cooperation.… When it comes to this affair, trust has to be re-established.’

Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler (vice chancellor to Merkel): 

‘The energetic collection of data [by] … our partners in [the] European [Union] and abroad is outrageous.

‘We have understanding for combating terrorism’ … but not for ‘aimless, indiscriminate and unrestrained spying on citizens.

German Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner:

‘We need better protection of private data; not more state surveillance. Otherwise, a free trade agreement makes no sense.’

European Parliament President Martin Schulz

‘As a European and a representative of a European institution, I feel treated like the representative of the enemy.

‘Is this the basis for a constructive relationship ...? I think not.’

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (his representative)

‘We expect rapid clarification from our American partners. … Of course we are worried because, if the allegations are true, it would create a great deal of unrest.’

EU diplomats with involvement of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and in consultative agreement with EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton (statement from the Foreign Ministry in Berlin):

‘…Such activity among partners and friends is unacceptable.’

President François Hollande (France):

‘We cannot accept this kind of behavior between partners and allies. …We ask that this stop immediately. [U.S. surveillance and spying activities also targeted Paris]

President Giorgio Napolitano (Italy):

‘This is a touchy issue that requires satisfactory answers.’

U.S. carnage on human rights
─ from Seoul to Damascus, Tripoli to Paris, Islamabad to Berlin; and one after another but really the same ole regime keeps up a mantra to the people: “They” just don’t like us because we’re so wonderful, with our “freedoms” and all. Well, you can believe this if you choose or you can vote them out or recall them or haul the whole lot of them before an independent tribunal (or do all of these).

Politics and government officials as rotten as these, as inept, as arrogant can be neither retrofitted nor rehabilitated. In my opinion, they must be uprooted, all of them, without exception or fear or favor. Americans’ romantic affair with partisans and tribes, mere color and political and or ideological spectrum must be ended; or this nation will come undone, entirely. Instead of progressing, it will continue its downward spiral, its regress, its BREAKDOWN.


“‘No Longer in the Cold War’ ─ Merkel Infuriated by U.S. Spying,” July 1, 2013 [© SPIEGEL ONLINE 2013  All Rights Reserved

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