Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

US caught spying on allies in UN headquarters.

A report from the German paper Der Spiegel, claims that Edward Snowden shared information that the NSA has been spying on European Union conferences at the United Nations headquarters. The NSA has managed to hack into the UN's video conferencing system.

The NSA is destroying American credibility and trust by spying on allies in the UN.

The NSA is destroying American credibility and trust by spying on allies in the UN.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: US, UN, EU, NSA, IRS, video, conferences, legal, Obama, Constitution, spying


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The reports keep coming about a beast running out of control. The NSA is spying rampantly, even on allies, because it seems it can. In the latest revelation by European media, provided via Edward Snowden, the NSA has been spying on EU conferences in the UN.

Such spying has no obvious anti-terrorism value.

The revelation is certain to outrage U.S. allies who have already decried previous revelations of espionage against their governments.

Documents provided by Snowden to the paper reveal that the NSA hacked into the UN's video conferencing system and monitored EU communications.

The paper quoted one document as saying, "The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!)."

That remark hints at the flippant attitude the NSA has towards communication intercepts.

While we may praise intercepts of terrorist communications and those of our enemies, this network was actively used to spy on U.S. allies. That surveillance reportedly began in the fall of 2012 when the EU moved its video conferences into a new room at the New York headquarters building.

Der Spiegel says that documents reveal the U.S. has surveillance of more than 80 embassies and consulates around the globe.

The problem is that the NSA has gone much too far, gathering data and intelligence on matters that should not concern it. The wide net has allowed it to intercept some terrorist communications, but it has also gathered the communications of most American citizens as well.

That data has already been abused, with the NSA providing tips to the IRS on known drug traffickers in the U.S. for IRS prosecution. The IRS subsequently falsified its records to cover the source of its tips.

Nobody is likely to shed any tears over drug traffickers being targeted by the IRS, but the problem is that the gathering of information on Americans and the lying on behalf of the IRS are both illegal acts. From there, it becomes a small matter to take methods perfected against social undesirables and to apply them to the rest of the nation.

Naturally, the NSA insists it is operating in a legal fashion. However, hacking into allies communications and spying on them isn't likely very ethical, even if legal. It certainly carries liabilities once revealed.

The American people must grow accustomed to a much-diminished degree of privacy in everything. With a president that refuses to be transparent or to stand for the Constitution, and a people who feel incapable of changing the system, the new normal may not be desirable, but it is fairly entrenched.

The beast is already loose, and much too big to slay.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More U.S.

What is 'vape?' The Oxford Dictionary proclaims it the new word for 2014 Watch

Image of Even while media outlets, health organizations and scientific studies continue to debate the benefits and pitfalls of e-cigarettes,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What does the word "vape" mean? Before anyone jumps to negative conclusions and think that it means something untoward - rest assured: vape is both a noun and verb, according to the Oxford Dictionary. They've gone as far as to proclaim vape as their new word of ... continue reading


Meet the doll that's flipping the world upside down! Watch

Image of Lammily, is a new doll that is proportioned just like the average American 19-year old woman.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A simple art project by a graphic designer has become the most coveted toy for the 2014 Christmas season following its November 19 release. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nickolay Lamm made a doll he named Lammily, who is what Barbie would look like if she was ... continue reading


The Bloody Battle of Tarawa in 20 extraordinary photos Watch

Image of U.S. Marines advance while under fire from Japanese defensive positions.

By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Battle of Tarawa was one of the bloodiest and costliest battles to the U.S. in WWII in terms of men lost per time spent in combat. During the 76 hour battle from November 20-23, 1943, on that small Pacific Island, about 1,700 U.S. personnel were killed, and ... continue reading


What's the biggest danger to America? It's not nukes and it isn't terrorism Watch

Image of China is well known to have an extensive cyberwarfare program, and often utilizes civilian hackers as well as its own military personnel.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The head of the National Security Agency revealed to a Congressional panel that China and "probably one or two other" countries have the ability to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructures through cyberwarfare. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Massive collection of Catholic artifacts leave Italy for the first time in 700 years: Their destination? The Big Apple! Watch

Image of For the first time in 700 years, artifacts of St. Francis of Assisi will be removed from Italy. They will be put on display in New York during November, December and January.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents that have close ties with St. Francis of Assisi will be held at the United Nations in New York from November 17 to the 28. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The exhibition is titled "Friar Francis: Traces, ... continue reading


Obama gives amnesty while bracing for next 'surge' of illegals in 2015 Watch

Image of Children in holding facilities during 2014, a year where the surge of illegal children occurred.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While President Obama has revealed his plans to shield about five million illegal immigrants from deportation, he has federal agencies getting ready for another mass surge of illegal immigrants during the spring of 2015. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As ... continue reading


Obama declares all out war on Republicans over immigration reform Watch

Image of President Obama is expected to give a speech on November 20, outlining his plans to execute immigration reform via executive action.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Even after warnings from sitting and incoming House and Senate Republicans that unilateral action on immigration reform from President Barack Obama would not be tolerated, the president has gone ahead and outlined a plan to relax the rules and regulations of U.S. ... continue reading


The Marriage Meme of Francis: What Did the Pope Just Say about Marriage and Family? Watch

Image of Pope Francis presiding at a marriage Liturgy at St Peters.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Pope Francis embraces the unchangeable truth about marriage as solely between one man and one woman, intended for life, open to life and formative of family as the sole Meme - using the word properly.  That is why you will not read much about the crystal ... continue reading


Another black eye for Democrats: Obamacare architect makes off with $6 million in taxpayer money Watch

Image of New videos released in November show that the architect behind the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, holds nothing but contempt for the American people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The architect of the fiasco that has been the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Jonathan Gruber, was paid about $6 million in taxpayer money between 2009 and 2014. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This is about 24 times what an average, full-time American worker would ... continue reading


See the list of MOST FREE countries in the world, the results will surprise you! Watch

Image of Land of the Free no more, Americans report a significant decline in personal freedom under the Obama administration.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

America is supposed to be the land of the free, so Americans themselves might be surprised to see that the United States actually ranks fairly low on the index of personal freedom when compared to other nations. Instead of occupying the number 1 spot, the USA has ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 10:8-11
8 Then I heard the voice I had heard from heaven ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
14 In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 19:45-48
45 Then he went into the Temple and began driving out ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 21st, 2014 Image

St. Gelasius
November 21: St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day - November 21) Gelasius was born ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter