JIM CREES: Equal opportunity spying

Now that the Obama administration has been caught and called out for spying not only on citizens of these United States, but also on millions of Spanish and Italian phone users and at least 35 world leaders, it’s time the truth be known about who is responsible for the sneak-a-peeking.

It’s the press!

The media!

Yessir. After getting caught red-handed tapping into the phone lines not only of virtually every American, but also of millions of European telephone customers and three dozen heads of state, the National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander placed blame for the debacle firmly in the lap of the media.

Alexander insisted that the U.S. government needs to “make it stop” referring to reporting on the mess that has been created by both the domestic and foreign spying.

Alexander is patently uncomfortable with revelations in the press that the NSA has been spying on just about everyone who moves or uses a telephone.

Now, truth be known, most Americans simply seem oblivious to the ramifications of this spying. As long as it was just a matter of ‘us spying on us’, everything was kinda OK.

But, for Heaven’s sake, when we start spying on world leaders - and our allies at that - things get right sticky.

Still, the folks in Washington tried to smooth this over.

Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council reported the massive spying effort, on friend and foe alike, was simply a matter of trying “...to ensure that our intelligence resources most effectively support our foreign policy and national security objectives.”

Then, after having it revealed that the NSA had been accessing 60 million Spanish phone calls, and a similar number in Italy as well, the White House spokesman Jay Carney responded with “... we recognize there needs to be additional constraints of how we gather and use intelligence.”

Yeah. Like not spying on your closest allies and forcing them into uncomfortable positions demand a not-so-friendly response to U.S. actions around the globe.

And when all this comes to light, the head of the NSA blames ... drum roll, please ... the media!

In a TV program interview, Alexander said it all came down to the Edward Snowden ‘incident’ in which a security analyst stole and released thousands and Thousands of sensitive documents revealing the U.S. governments systematic spying on just about everyone.

Alexander said “I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000-whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these — you know it just doesn’t make sense.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.”

So ... there isn’t a problem with tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private telephone.

The problem is getting caught.

There isn’t a problem spying on millions and American and foreign nationals alike.

The problem is the ‘snitch’ who told everybody, and the media who reported on it.

The problem isn’t the sin OR the sinner. The problem is the folks who say, “Isn’t that a sin, and aren’t you sinning?”

So the Obama administration is caught up in a HUGE scandal — caught spying on not only U.S. citizens, but half the continent of Europe as well.

What to do?

Hey! Send the problem to Congress so they can fix it!!!

Holy moly! Take the biggest diplomatic mess this nation has created in a couple generations, and turn it over to the most incompetent group of boobs that has served in Congress in well more than a couple generations.

Great idea, team.

Soooooooo ... the committee set up to deal with the spying issue is headed by Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, (CA) who immediately declares she believes” ... the eavesdropping on leaders of friendly nations was wrong.”

Whoosh! Now that we got that out of our system, we can move on.

Problem is ...

Feinstein said eavesdropping on leaders of friendly nations was wrong, but she never said a word about eavesdropping on citizens living in her own country.

I have a somewhat simple question.

After investing billions and billions of dollars in spy technology and activity; after spending decades spying on your own citizens; after expending untold resources spying on European nationals; after tapping into the telephones of friendly leaders around the globe threatening relations with the few countries that still support the U.S. in one way or the other; after generations of sneaking about and spying on all and sundry; what exactly has been the result?

What have we actually done?

We live in a results orientated society. What has been the benefit of all this sneaking about and peeking from behind the technological bushes?

Oh. They can’t tell us ‘cause that’s a secret.

Well, I seriously doubt the limited benefit we have obtained as a nation from these clandestine efforts is any where near equal to the cost of the NSA program.

Frankly, I question and doubt if the spy masters have achieved anything of substance over the years.

Frankly folks, it’s all Hollywood.