U.S. spying has gone beyond justification

  • Article by: David Rothkopf , Foreign Policy
  • Updated: October 25, 2013 - 6:21 PM

Defenders will say everyone does it. (But they don’t.) They’ll say we need to do it. (But at this high a cost?)

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theruntOct. 25, 13 6:53 PM

The NSA has way too much power and must be reigned in. 500,000 in the agency?

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swmnguyOct. 25, 13 7:21 PM

Every empire over-reaches. Then it collapses. It's somewhat ironic (but only somewhat) that we had only barely begun to admit out loud that we were an empire before the symptoms of over-reach and progressing collapse also became too clear to deny or ignore.

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wiseoracleOct. 25, 13 9:19 PM

Thank you Mr. Rothkopf - bravo!

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jds275Oct. 25, 13 9:47 PM

Really, you dont think the other major countries do this? We got caught, and they havnt yet. Thank you United States for protecting us.

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supervon2Oct. 25, 13 9:58 PM

Umm. Isn't this on Obama's watch? I noticed the Star never accused the sacred one of involvement.

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diogenesnyOct. 26, 13 1:19 AM

Don't be naive (or partisan), supervon. The NSA built itself out over decades to have a reach this far. President Obama may not have done much to rein it in - but it's hard to do that when you have people screaming about "terrorism" and "national security" in your ears.

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JRBOct. 26, 13 2:06 AM

Can you imagine the outrage from liberals if the NSA under Bush was found to be conducting widespread spying on the leaders of our closest allies? Yet there is still a double standard when it comes to Obama and his administration...even when it comes to needless spying on millions of law-abiding American citizens, which most liberals have also been silent on. If this editorial is any indication, maybe they are beginning to wise up.

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alansonOct. 26, 13 2:13 AM

It's pretty obvious that neither Congress nor the Judiciary gives a hang about the 4th Amendment, which the authors of the Bill of Rights intended to be the chief bulwark in the Constitution against this kind of omnivorous and insatiable invasion of our privacy by the Executive Branch. Oddly enough, the only rights to privacy that remain in the Constitution appears to be the right to buy contraception and the right of a woman to have an abortion.

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badcopperOct. 26, 13 4:22 AM

Anyone who didnt think this was happening is naive. That said, not a very good way to nurture relationships with our allies.

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my4centsOct. 26, 13 7:31 AM

alanson - the Bill of Rights and our Constitution applies to the federal government and citizens - not other countries. This whole article should have been written instead about the federal government having too many eyes, too much information, and too much surveillance on "We the people." I am much more concerned about how the federal government handles all of the information they have about citizens and organizations within the country than information about foreigners.

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