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France wants answers

France is concerned about the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) spy programs and its intentions when it comes to the involvement of French citizens, and now, the country is demanding answers.

France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday after French newspaper Le Monde detailed the NSA's actions in spying on French citizens. It turns out the amount and depth of the NSA's spying on France is more than the country was aware of, and it plans to get detailed justification. 

"We have extremely useful cooperation with the United States in the struggle against terrorism, but this cooperation does not justify everything," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "So we've asked the United States to provide clarifications, explanations and justifications extremely quickly."

According to the U.S. embassy in Paris, Ambassador Charles Rivkin promised Fabius's chief of staff that he would tell Washington about France's NSA worries. 

Le Monde said the NSA recorded 70.3 million bits of French telephone data between December 10, 2012 and January 8, 2013. The NSA also collected tens of thousands of French phone records.

While the NSA says it targets those suspected of terrorism activity or involvement, those part of French business or politics were also spied on through the NSA's surveillance programs. 

Back in July, Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry into the NSA's Prism program after The Guardian in Britain and Der Spiegel in Germany uncovered a more widespread spying effort by the NSA. 

The NSA has been under the microscope ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.

In August, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 

Just last week, The Washington Post revealed that the NSA seized the email and IM contacts lists of 700,000+ accounts daily in 2012.

Source: Le Monde



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RE: just wondering...
By MechanicalTechie on 10/22/2013 12:14:44 AM , Rating: 2
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Foreknowledge on decisions by top key officials can greatly enhance our ability to combat terrorism

What fuckn drugs are you on? America is going to wait and see if another government is going to do anything before acting on terrorism?? Is that what you think?? Look at Pakistan and North Africa, the US is breaking international and sovereign law!! Plus which allied governments wouldnt pass on reliant information????
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During the euro zone debt crisis, for instance, the failure to accurately predict German intention led to the collapse of MF Global. Billions of dollars were lost. The event has also become a rallying point for numerous domestic terrorist groups.

Numerous domestic terrorist?? Where are you getting this crap from? So because of the euro debt crisis all these terror cells are being formed? Where you dropped at birth or something... and bugging trade negotiations and the UN is for what extactly?? For christ sake man is nothing more than a deplorable act of self interest above all and shows utter lack of respect.

How can any country accept another when it behaves like this? Hang your head in shame for defending such practises!


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