Calling the Kettle Black: Everyone is Spying on Each Other
It’s easy to be outraged over the revelations by Edward Snowden that the NSA and the GCHQ have been spying on their own people as well as leaders from other countries. Just because the technology exists doesn’t give any country the right to use it against their own people, let alone dignitaries from other nations. That’s not how spying is supposed to work… or is it?
Is the outrage from countries like Germany, Spain, and France only possible because they haven’t been caught doing the same thing? What if they were caught? Would their stories chance and their indignation soften? If the latest whistle being blown by Snowden’s reports are true, than just about everyone is engaged in the same activities and may even be cooperating to make it easier.
That would go a long way to making the accusations and disgust being directed towards the United States and the United Kingdom seem like the pot calling the kettle black.
Spying is spying. It has been going on for millennia and will continue until the Second Coming. There is no moral justification for it, no rule book that discusses fair play in the world of espionage. It’s all fine until you get caught and then you have to answer for your actions. Every country in the world has things they do that would require an explanation if it were known. The US and the UK were just the first to be outed for this particular type of spying.
There’s not way to truly stop it. If you legislate it away, it will come back in another form, potentially a more dangerous one. If you’re truly concerned about privacy, you have to take the personal precautions necessary to go dark. Assume that someone is listening to everything, watching all of your online activities, and tracking all of your actions online and in the real world. It sounds like living a life of paranoia. It is. Unfortunately, it’s the life you’ll have to lead if these things are important enough to you.
Here’s what The Guardian had to say about the latest Snowden leak:
Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies.
Read More: The Guardian