'Dilma's Speech at the United Nations'

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'In His Heart,' Obama Knows Rousseff is Right about Spying (Folha, Brazil)


"The U.S. should not develop tools to investigate virtually every citizen around the globe. ... It's easy to see that it has exceeded any reasonable boundary. ... According to protocol, Barack Obama spoke right after President Rousseff, as if he didn't preside over a country accused of violating human rights and civil liberties. ... Of course Obama knows Dilma is right. However, as in the fable The Emperor's New Clothes, the most likely thing is that he will continue unmoved."




Translated By Brandi Miller


September 27, 2013


Brazil - Folha - Original Article (Portuguese)

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff addresses the 68th opening of U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 24.


UNITED NATIONS VIDEO: In one of the most confontational speeches one is likely to hear at one of these events, Brazil President Rousseff criticizes the United States over its mass surveillance of other countries, particularly hers, Sept. 24, 00:22:55RealVideo

"If Brazil isn't spying on the U.S. - the world's most powerful country - Brazil's spy agencies are incompetent."


The sentence belongs to John Allen Gay, one of the editors of the American journal on foreign affairs, The National Interest, published yesterday on his microblog during a not-so-friendly exchange with journalist Glenn Greenwald, author of reports on the U.S. espionage system.


With the frankness and simplicity of 140 characters, Gay summed up the problem underlying allegations against the NSA (National Security Agency): as their technical capabilities dictate, all countries tend to rely on espionage to protect their interests.


It doesn't follow from this, however, that the U.S. cannot or should not be criticized for procedures that have now been made public. Much less that they can or should develop tools to investigate virtually every citizen around the globe.


It is difficult to draw a clear line in the area of international pragmatism, but it's easy to see that the United States has exceeded any reasonable boundary.


President Dilma Rousseff got it right when she used a good portion of her speech to the 68th United Nations General Assembly to criticize the U.S. for its monitoring of Brazilian telephone calls and e-mails, including communications from Petrobras and the President herself.

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Described by the global press as "compelling," "virulent," "strong," or "harsh," Dilma's criticism was no different than anything she said or did before, such as suspending her state visit to the United States scheduled for October. They gained obvious weight, though, as they were delivered at U.N. headquarters.


Beyond the indignant rhetoric, Russeff said she would defend her landmark proposal for a multilateral civil agreement on Internet use. The idea, according to the president, is to create rules in "prevent cyberspace from being exploited as a weapon of war."


There is no doubt that, in theory, a regulation like this would be welcomed. It is unlikely, however, that this objective is obtainable - it is enough to note that conflicts of interest have prevented Brazil itself from approving similar legislation domestically.


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According to protocol, Barack Obama spoke right after Dilma, as if he didn't preside over a country accused of violating human rights and civil liberties. In an indirect response, he said only it was necessary to balance security concerns with concerns over privacy. He preferred to deal with other issues, particularly the Middle East.


Of course Obama knows Dilma is right. However, as in the fable The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, the most likely thing is that he will continue unmoved.


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