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D. BronderMarch 3, 2018 1:07 PM

The Intercept reports on its analysis of classified documents having to do with U.S. spying arrangements with foreign countries. In the article one can read about the concentrated efforts the group made against international sporting events. But we must be careful because we do not really know if those documents are completely accurate or partially accurate, genuine, etc. Let’s presume they are genuine and unaltered.

Oh, oh, oh, those evil Russians at the Winter Olympics in South Korea! So shocking! Folks, that pish posh is ridiculous “news” to cretinize the debate about surveillance in the West on Westerners, and to put the public’s understanding to sleep. As far as the U.S. goes, notice this: the U.S. Constitution is under threat.

“The core participants of the Seniors Europe are the surveillance agencies from the so-called Five Eyes: the NSA and its counterparts from the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As of April 2013, the other members were intelligence agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

The alliance – which the NSA sometimes refers to as the “14 Eyes” – has collaborated to monitor communications during major European events, such as the Olympics in 2004 (hosted in Greece), the Winter Olympics in 2006 (hosted in Italy), and the soccer World Cup in summer 2006 (hosted in Germany).

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