Originally Posted by Dylan
The latest sign of the international backlash over President Obama's sweeping electronic surveillance programs.
Interestingly, it was the assurances the US President gave to the American people this weekend that seemed to infuriate the European lawmakers the most. The PRISM programme “does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living the United States,” he told a press conference on 7 June. If they aren't spying on Americans' internet use, then that means they are spying on people in other countries - including allies in Europe. “What is coming from other side of the Atlantic is very worrying because they are justifying this system by saying it is not applicable to US citizens, only to foreigners,” declared Belgian Liberal MEP Guy Verhofstadt in Strasbourg this morning.“Who are the foreigners? I think we are the foreigners, the Europeans.”
He went on to say, "What's most disturbing about this is the pretence of counter-terrorism or the pretence of the war on terror or the pretence of even proper cause is not even in this. It's 'we just need the data'."
Hey, other countries:
Newsflash to other countries: Yes, we're spying on you. We've had a whole organization set up for that for many years. And you're trying to spy on us and all your neighbors as well, so