Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ramifications are US

At what point did they not think this wouldn't come back to harm us? Our diplomats have as little cover as an undercover CIA agent. Spying on the Security Council? I'm sorry, did the U.N. invade or declare war on us and I missed it? Hubris, a game the whole State Department can play.
The Raw Story | Rice authorized National Security Agency to spy on UN Security Council in run-up to war, former officials say
President Bush and other top officials in his administration used the National Security Agency to secretly wiretap the home and office telephones and monitored private email accounts of members of the United Nations Security Council in early 2003 to determine how foreign delegates would vote on a U.N. resolution that paved the way for the U.S.-led war in Iraq, NSA documents show. Two former NSA officials familiar with the agency's campaign to spy on U.N. members say then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice authorized the plan at the request of President Bush, who wanted to know how delegates were going to vote. Rice did not immediately return a call for comment. The former officials said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also participated in discussions about the plan, which involved "stepping up" efforts to eavesdrop on diplomats.


Eavesdropping on U.N. diplomats is authorized under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Services Act. However, it's still considered a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which says that "The receiving state shall permit and protect free communication on the part of the mission for all official purposes... The official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable."

According to one former official, "The administration pushed the envelope by tapping their home phones."

If this story is true we have fallen father from US ideals than I had thought. And I had thought we were down as far as a Wiggly Worm but it is looking more like a Multicellular Microorganism. This not an improvement.

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