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Powerless, Europe Must Nevertheless Stand Up to NSA Spying (El Pais, Spain)


"Defending the rights of 500 million Europeans should be reason enough to mobilize E.U. authorities - even if they are in quite a powerless position. ... We must not fall into the trap of discussing whether Snowden is hero or villain, a pseudo-vigilante or an idealist. The debate should focus on abuses of human liberties and the minimum level of loyalty the United States owes the European Union."




Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


June 19, 2013


Spain - El Pais - Original Article (Spanish)

America's allies and adversaries alike are up in arms over NSA surveillance, which targets people outside the United States.

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The mass spying on people, companies and governments cannot be accepted as something inherent to the modern world. One of today's democratic challenges is to put an end to the trivialization of intrusions on the private sphere like those made possible by programs used by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for collecting massive amounts of telephone records and Internet communications. Defending the rights of 500 million Europeans should be reason enough to mobilize E.U. authorities - even if they are in quite a powerless position.


First, this is due to the almost total reliance on American technology and digital industry; and secondly, to the lack of a robust data protection legislation, which has been blocked for many years by internal divisions among E.U. members. The Obama Administration itself has successfully pressed Europeans not to erect obstacles to requests to their telephone and digital technology companies for data, which due to the force of events, have become global. The scandal over the PRISM program now forces European authorities to act against their own small-mindedness and reconsider the middle ground between security and freedom.


It is also important for citizens to become increasingly aware that the use of a mobile phone, a tablet, or a computer, is not something impermeable to big eyes and ears. Once we're online, we enter a world that knows very few limits and restrictions.

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It is true that even the most sophisticated spy networks have their Achilles heel, which is individualism. Edward Snowden - like Bradley Manning with WikiLeaks - has shown that one person is enough to defy the spider web of secrecy that which the security organs of superpowers like the United States operate, and which is so appreciated for other reasons. And of course, we must not fall into the trap of discussing whether Snowden is hero or villain, a pseudo-vigilante or an idealist. The debate should focus on abuses of human liberties and the minimum level of loyalty the United States owes the European Union.


Without a doubt, European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding will seek an urgent and precise explanation from the U.S. attorney general. The tone that has now been adopted by the commission is an improvement on the excessive caution of her initial response, which was limited to an expression of “concern” over press leaks that revealed the scandal. Of course, that was quite similar to the wording Brussels employed 13 years ago when, before September 11, a secret surveillance network called Echelon was discovered, but was promptly buried under the nebulous label of the global war on terror that began after those attacks.


Europe should see to it that this latest scandal isn't just forgotten. It must  keep up its defenses against this current incarnation of Big Brother.


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