Sunday, June 30, 2013

European Parliament President Is Shocked, Shocked, To Learn of NSA Spying

I'm reminded of the late Claude Rains' police inspector character in the classic film Casablanca, who announces he is "Shocked, shocked," to discover that gambling is taking place at Rick's Cafe.

Then he is handed his winnings. reports that the President of the European Union is "shocked" to hear that the NSA is spying on them.

Emerging allegations that America's National Security Agency bugged and hacked European Union offices stoked tension Sunday between U.S. and European officials, with German prosecutors announcing they are probing the claims. 

The allegations were carried in a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel. They are the latest claims to surface regarding NSA surveillance activity, as on-the-lam leaker Edward Snowden feeds a series of sensitive documents to the media. Der Spiegel did not specifically say how it obtained the information. 

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, in response, demanded a clarification from the NSA about the alleged program. 

"I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of U.S. authorities spying on EU offices," Schulz said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal. "If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-U.S. relations." 

... Michael Hayden, the former director of both the NSA and CIA, said Sunday that European officials should look in the mirror before criticizing the U.S. 

"Any European who wants to go out and rend their garments with regard to international espionage should look first and find out what their own governments are doing," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." 

Hayden noted he's been out of the agency for years and said he didn't know the accuracy of the Der Spiegel report, nor could he confirm or deny it if he did. 

But he said "the United States does conduct espionage," and that the Fourth Amendment right to privacy "is not an international treaty." 

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