Weekly Political Report: The Game of I, Spy

Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and THE WORLD around you.

This week’s political report: [National Security] The Game of I, Spy


On October 24th, outrage over the alleged U.S. monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cell phone spread across Europe like wild-fire. Not only did this complicate America’s interests across the Atlantic Ocean, but has left a permanent reminder that “someone is watching listening to you.” In this post-9/11 era where our enemies are secretly scheming terrorists plots behind close doors through different lines of communication (email, phone, etc.), it seems as though that the same lines of communication have now been implicated to World Leaders who have fought against terrorism since Day 1. From this we can suspect that joint anti-terrorism efforts [from Europe] will be uneasy and difficult.

Even though European Leaders took turns to castigate the U.S., at last week’s summit in Brussels, they still have not forgotten that their Trans-Atlantic interests are still aligned with the U.S., such as the key geopolitical issues in the civil war of Syria and Iran’s nuclear program. However, European Union officials have now questioned if they should continue their talks with the US on the trans-Atlantic free-trade agreement because of the fear that the US is listening in on their conversations: “Now how can we prepare for these meetings if they had been secretly listening in on us?” asked Martin Schulz, President the European Parliament.

The US and the President have both acknowledged that the recent activities from National Security Agency have damaged relations with Germany and other important allies, but they defend that the countries have benefited from some of the intelligence that NSA has gathered–and points out that some countries have actually spied on other countries including the U.S. One example is France.

Former head of the French Intelligence, Bernard Squarcini, made this statement to the Le Figaro Newspaper: “The French intelligence services know full well that all countries, whether they are allies in the fight against terrorism, spy on each other all the time.” Furthermore, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in Washington last Thursday that the French were spying on her, when she served as United Nations ambassador. Furthermore, French officials were aware of a personal conversation that she had because of an “intercept.”

In lieu of these revelations, Germany, as well as Merkel, still have made it clear that spying among allies is inappropriate, and they want a “no-spy” agreement with the U.S. in which the two countries would promise not to snoop on each other.

So how does this affect you and the world around you?:

–Europe allies will be weary of conducting business with the U.S.. American businesses that wish to set up shop abroad, like American Internet Giants, will be under large scrutiny.

–A full review of the NSA at both the domestic (Congressional) and international level–revealing more revelations of NSA and other intelligence agencies abroad

–Joint ant-terrorism efforts between nations will be temporarily stalled

–Continuous international meetings to restore trust and mutual understanding in  intelligence cooperation.


My opinion bases on The Wall Street Journal’s article: “European Fury Over U.S. Spying Mounts” (Oct. 26, 2013)

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