Germany, Brazil Take NSA Spying Gripes to U.N.

Nations want massive American digital surveillance reined in

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose during a meeting at Santiago, in this photo provided by the Brazilian Presidency Jan. 26, 2013.

Brazil and Germany have taken their outrage over American espionage to the U.N., asking for a resolution to safeguard Internet privacy that would ostensibly restrain National Security Agency (NSA) forays into foreign digital communications, diplomatic sources told Foreign Policy.

Germany claims that Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders are victims of NSA surveillance. And last month Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff decried U.S. spying against her country as “a breach of international law.”

Although the U.N. has no real scope to bridle secret NSA activities in practice, the proposed extending to the web of privacy safeguards currently contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights would been seen as a pointed message.

[Foreign Policy]


And who can forget this wonderful Wikileaks story....

"How Hillary Clinton ordered U.S. diplomats to spy on UN leaders"
29 November 2010

"Hillary Clinton ordered American officials to spy on high ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives.

Top secret cables revealed that Mrs Clinton, the Secretary of State, even ordered diplomats to obtain DNA data – including iris scans and fingerprints - as well as credit card and frequent flier numbers.

All permanent members of the security council – including Russia, China, France and the UK – were targeted by the secret spying mission, as well as the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon."

"The request could break international law and threatens to derail any trust between the U.S. and other powerful nations."


This comes down to a data base issue.  IF (and that should have been a small 'if') we are monitoring ALL telecommunications outside (??) the US, then how do they limit spying on the heads of state?  Do they make exceptions?  'Download all telecommunications except for Angela Merkel.  Oh, exclude David Cameron too.'  Does that mean they're still downloading all communications from the Deputy Prime Ministers?  The Secretaries of the governments?  I'd also be very curious how they would filter out the exception list. They must have one db with all records and a second without the exceptions.  What do they do with the first db?


It looks like the U.S. has thrown a very strong lifeline to Canadian IT company, Blackberry Ltd.and its technology after shunning them for the last few years in favor of Apple and other similar product manufacturers