This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Leaks help countries stand up to U.S abuse of power.
This week’s topic:
Do recent revelations of U.S. spying on its allies do more harm than good?
“I had to pinch myself after reading Brent’s column this week — and hard. His laughable comparison of the recent spying allegations against the U.S to eavesdropping on social chatter at a party had me thinking I must be still dreaming.
As in past Duels tackling the issue of government espionage and the Edward Snowden leaks, Brent’s repetitive defence of the U.S. government’s actions and continued outrage stands in stark contrast to my own stance. I firmly believe that people — and other allied governments — have a right to privacy and liberty, and must be protected from what I consider the U.S. government’s abuse of power.
It seems German Chancellor Angela Merkel would agree with my view, after it was revealed her cell phone may have been tapped since approximately 2002 by the U.S. government. She was not alone in her outrage, as revelations surfaced that numerous other high-ranking government officials from allied countries around the world had also been allegedly targeted.
But the question needs to be asked as to why the U.S. feels the need for such seeming sweeping surveillance and collection of data targeting allied countries? Without a doubt there is growing concern worldwide for government spying in general. Thanks to Bradley Manning and Snowden, the issue has been brought back into mainstream conversation here and in the U.S.
Espionage with due and just cause under provisions of the law is part and parcel of many governments’ defence strategy — whether they admit it or not. But what possible reason could the U.S. have to tap the German leader’s cell phone? And, in particular, for 12 years as some reports suggest? German officials have already confirmed that any such monitoring operation occurring on German soil would be an offence under German law and those responsible must be held accountable…”
Read the rest of this week’s post at the following link, and don’t forget to vote for who you think should win this week’s duel! http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/10/27/leaks-help-countries-stand-up-to-us-abuse-of-power