The NSA spying saga continues in the USA. Washington, like a person diagnosed with cancer, has worked its way through a serious of actions -- denial, outrage, anger, blame, recriminations and acceptance. Yes acceptance as US Secretary of State John Kerry admits that the National Security Agency overstepped its mark on more than one occasion.
This week NSA spy chiefs have attempted to make their case to US politicians in Congress. Their stance is that their version of spying is necessary.
Whether Chancellor Merkel, the German leader, would agree is unclear. Many politicians and people especially in the EU are uncomfortable about the level of US spying.
Kerry spoke by videolink to the Open Government Partnership 2013 saying:
"In some cases, I acknowledge to you, as has the President, that some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to make sure that that doesn't happen in the future. "There is no question that the President and I, and others in government, have actually learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on automatic pilot because the technology has been there and the ability has been there over the course of a long period of time."
However as Sky News points out President Obama has never actually said that NSA spying went too far.
In justifying the US stance Kerry went on to say:
"Going back to World War Two and to the very difficult years of the Soviet Union Cold War and then, of course, to 9/11, the attack on the United States and the rise of radical extremism in the world that is hell-bent determined to try to kill people and blow people up and attack governments. "Not just us, Tokyo subway, London train station, Madrid, many many parts of the world have been subject to these terrorist attacks and in response to them the United States and others came together.
Opinion: Kerry makes a good case until you remove the blinkers and take a proper look. If the US has been managing its affairs this way for so long how come the world is such a mess? Instead of their actions ensuring world peace has the reverse happened? Has all the warmongering and foreign manipulation led to a broken world which it will be difficult to fix?
He forgets to mention Afghanistan and the CIA's interference -- training the Mujahideen who would morph into the Taliban and bite back.
In essence he admits that the spy chiefs and others act independently of government yet there are sneaking doubts that is the absolute truth. It is a good way to shift the blame on to others. One thing we learned this week was that, as supected, the spying is not down to Obama alone.
The US has been using spy technology for years and since at least 2002 the NSA has been "at it".
If it is so necessary for Homeland security of the USA why is that country falling apart. That may sound an exagerration but it is not. The US is on a slippery slope, interfering in world affairs, and manipulating conflicts for its own ends and now it seems often without the consent of the American President, or is that just more lies?.
We should all be grateful to demonised whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ignorance may be bliss but not in the long run.