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Excerpt: "Germany and Brazil are drafting a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former U.S. intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, U.N. diplomats said on Friday."

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Reuters)
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Reuters)


Germany, Brazil to Propose Anti-Spying Resolution at UN

By Reuters

26 October 13

 

ermany and Brazil are drafting a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former U.S. intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, U.N. diplomats said on Friday.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Charges that the NSA accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel's mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe. Germany said on Friday it would send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House.

In response to the disclosures about U.S. spying, many of which came from fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the German and Brazilian U.N. delegations have begun work on a draft resolution to submit to the 193-nation General Assembly, several U.N. diplomats told Reuters.

"This resolution will probably have enormous support in the GA (General Assembly), since no one likes the NSA spying on them," a Western U.N. diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. But assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can carry significant moral and political weight.

Merkel demanded on Thursday that Washington strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, adding she wanted action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words.

Last month, Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders to accuse the United States of violating human rights and international law through espionage that included spying on her email.

Rousseff also expressed her displeasure by calling off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for this month over reports that the NSA had been spying on Brazil.

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-9 # arquebus 2013-10-26 22:32
Ah, but is Merkel prepared to give up German spying on the US (and, Britain, France, Italy, China et al). Hypocrisy. All nations with the ability spy on every nation they can.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2013-10-27 08:01
There are levels of spying.

Spying on avowed enemy governments..
Spying on potential enemy governments.
Spying on allied governments.
Spying on foreign corporations for economic profit.
Spying on foreign citizens.
Spying on one's own citizens, corporations, organizations, political parties, etc., etc.

To say that all nations spy the first way, so our spying all the other ways is justified is massive nonsense, and I wish people would stop it.
 
 
0 # aljoschu 2013-10-27 12:15
Lies!
Yankee, go home
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2013-10-28 07:32
Sure everyone spy's on everyone else has always been that way and always will. BUT! As the now so-called criminals (really hero's) Assange, Snowdon, Manning have showed the United States excesses and extent of their spying. It also show the complicity of our population just looking the other way and our news media for downplaying the government spying and up playing the so called wrongs of those three hero's.
 
 
0 # ormondotvos 2013-10-26 23:11
Data collection will increase. Data wants to be correlated with some sort of ideology.

All this legislation will just drive the spy agencies further underground.
 
 
+6 # ghostperson 2013-10-26 23:22
Good on 'em.

American exceptionalism? Yeah, we are exceptionally great at f**king up.

Do we do anything right? I'm sick of our country's behavior and I'm American. These clowns don't work for us. We are just target practice to them.

As far as I can tell our "leaders" are brainless, power-hungry, greedy, self-absorped hypocrites who lie to us, spy on us, steal from us and think we are imbeciles.

Hear that NSA? Tell me what part of what I just wrote isn't true?
 
 
+3 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-10-27 03:12
Usually when one gets caught with their pants down, so-to-speak, efforts are made to remedy the situation with honesty, integrity, and some sort of a promise to make better choices in the future. What about this whole NSA spying thing don't they get?--It is totally illegal AND unconstitutiona l to be spying on absolutely EVERY single person domestically and abroad in ALL foreign countries. These guys are totally out of control--What in the heck do they expect?
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2013-10-28 13:20
I support spying if it is made pubic afterwards like on camera in a store to suggest that their are other hidden cameras around the store,

http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/425-national-security/20105-why-obama-must-snoop-on-friendly-governments


Indirect intelligence gathering in the US is a mess

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