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There's privacy and privacy

It's one thing for the NSA to scrape the Internet of private citizens.

That thing would be this: probably wrong but to be expected since we have all of us been cautioned over and over again about not expecting to keep anything private when we go online.

It's quite another for the NSA to spy on heads of government in allied states.

These folks have every right to believe what they say and do will be theirs alone, not plucked from cyberspace by an American agency.

That othr thing is this: clearly wrong and, to put a name on it, stupid.

Stories running today say President Obama did not approve NSA spying on the likes of Angela Merkel and didn't know about it. One would certainly hope not.

But one would also hope heads would roll and that the president would in outspoken language distance himself from what the NSA has been up to.

 

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