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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Brazil and Spying: A Quiet Word, Part Two

A while ago I wrote  in response to French "outrage" that the NSA spied on them that,
For obvious reasons, I must and will be very cautious in what I say re spying. I note, however, that the French might want to hold their tongues on this matter. France has well-funded, active, and effective national intelligence organizations that operate around the world. The French services collect on many targets, private sector as well as government. Those targets are domestic and foreign, and when I say foreign, I mean, uh, well, foreign, you know, as in not French but maybe European and American, and, uh, those are allies of France . . . . whenever I was in France on official business or had contact with French officials, including dealing on Airbus vs. Boeing sales, I had to be very careful about where I put my laptop, and what I said or sent via any electronic device, n'est-ce pas?
I see now that the Brazilians and the Mexicans are "outraged" over Snowden's revelations that--Horrors!-- the NSA collected on them, and allegedly read their presidents' email traffic. This, again, shows a couple of things:

1) Snowden and his pals are not some sort of naive, good-natured crusaders for civil liberties and privacy rights. Snowden is a traitor, as I have noted before, and works with people out to harm the United States. He is giving away information on overseas operations that have nothing to do with the rights of Americans, but have everything to do with established practices by every government, to wit, conduct intelligence collection on foreign powers and citizens. Are you shocked that spy organizations spy?

2) As I noted about the French, the Brazilians, especially, should keep quiet about espionage. They have an active intel organization which collects on foreigners and Brazilians in touch with foreigners. Whenever I was in Brazil, we always assumed our phones were tapped and, on occasion, we were being followed.

Chill, my Latin brothers, chill.

WLA

8 comments:

  1. Yeah Latin Bros,

    Recall the Embraer thing not so long ago? Marking down [as necessary] between Beech and your Super Toscano?

    How'd you know Brazil, how to do that?

    Arkie

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  2. Ok ok, I misspelt:

    http://defense-update.com/20120229_us-air-force-aborts-super-tocano-las-selection.html

    Ark

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  3. Eureka! The folk we're soon to be lobbing missiles in support of - the "reluctant warriors" or, as McCain insists, "the moderates." The Good Guys.

    Advisory the last video in the series is not "like they did it in France."

    http://malcolmpollack.com/

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  4. I saw a report that Putin has acknowledged that Snowden contacted Russian diplomats before heading to Moscow. Hmmmmm.

    Green Bear

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    1. Addendum: Wall Street Journal, Page 1, caption under photograph of Putin is one source for the above report. Unfortunately, the online story is behind a paywall.

      Green Bear

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  5. I'll add to the above I've seen reliable (& open source) confirmation Snowden was in contact with Rus diplos - Putin, rather like Obama, stated, "I was not aware Snowden was coming until he was two hours from Moscow."
    __________________________________________

    Today, the US admitted that US intelligence did not have intelligence about Syrian Arab Army preparations before the attack on 21 August. That flatly contradicts testimony presented to Congress this week.

    ... The alleged incriminating information was reconstructed and converted into evidence of malevolent Syrian intent for the US Congress after the fact. The way that information was presented was at a minimum dishonest.


    http://www.kforcegov.com/Services/IS/NightWatch/NightWatch_13000191.aspx

    Arkie

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  6. Google the article title. It usually works for getting past the paywall.

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  7. He's a real nowhere Man,
    Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
    Making all his nowhere plans
    For nobody.
    Doesn't have a point of view,
    Knows not where he's going to,

    Nowhere Man, please listen,
    You don't know what you're missing,
    Nowhere Man, the world is at your command.
    He's as blind as he can be,
    Just sees what he wants to see,
    Nowhere Man can you see me at all?
    Doesn't have a point of view,
    Knows not where he's going to,

    Nowhere Man, don't worry,
    Take your time, don't hurry,
    Leave it all 'till somebody else
    Lends you a hand.
    He's a real Nowhere Man,
    Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
    Making all his nowhere plans
    For nobody.

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