NSA spying on friendly nations brings worldwide resentment
Oct 29, 2013
It is no wonder the US government and its spy networks are so angry with Edward Snowden. They do not want their sins plastered on the front pages of the media. They have no intention of repenting, but rather are trying to hide their sins, and, if necessary, go deeper under cover.
We can't treat people like enemies and then expect them to be friendly in return.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - When top U.S. intelligence officials testified at a congressional hearing weeks ago, the public uproar was over the National Security Agency collecting the phone and email records of Americans.
But when the NSA director and other spy chiefs appear at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday it will be against a backdrop of angry European allies accusing the United States of spying on their leaders and citizens....
The allegations of U.S. spying on Merkel and other leaders are likely to have a lasting impact on relations, Conley said.
In the last several years, Europeans have been disappointed with the Obama administration over its failure to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and its use of drone strikes to kill terrorism suspects. The spectacle of the recent federal government shutdown also dented U.S. prestige in Europe.
"It's just raising really big doubts, uncertainties and question marks about not only the president's leadership but whether the United States is a reliable ally," Conley said.