Last Tuesday, US intelligence officials defended surveillance of other countries’ leaders, and they said that they did this because this is common for other countries to do the same thing. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, stated that spying on other leaders is basically a common practice for the U.S. He also stated that spying on foreign leaders have been a part of of intelligence operations for the past 50 years.
Clapper never stated in specific who the US or other countries were spying on, and this is ultimately a good thing because it would have caused a lot of controversy if they released info about who is spying on who.
Mike Rogers, a Representative from Michigan questioned Clapper and asked if U.S. allies were targeting the communications of U.S. leaders. Clapper then said, “Absolutely.”
The intelligence business that Clapper speaks of actually frightens me a little. Because the news has been so revealing about what the NSA has done, I find it hard to even trust what these guys are saying.
Honestly, it’s just a whole bunch of BS at this point.