All countries with an active role in the international community have always had a predictable desire to be able to determine who’s in and who’s out of that tight clique formed by world powers. A long history of trade, wars and conflict have been able to determine who gets to join such an exclusive VIP (VIC?) club.
It’s a high school dynamic on an international scale. And according to former Guardian newspaper Glenn Greenwald, Argentina could be getting bullied by that big fat brute called the United States as we speak.
This week, local newspaper Perfil awarded Greenwald with the 2013 International Freedom of Speech award and had an exclusive chat with the British journalist who helped Snowden expose the greatest scandal that Barack Obama has had to deal with since he became president. And when asked about espionage activities, he said:
“We can’t still say for sure the Argentine Government was a target. We have a lot more documents that haven’t been published yet, some of them very important. There are still lots of accusations that need to be made public. And there are documents on Argentina. I’m not exactly saying that official Argentine Government documents were a target. But Argentina is, without a doubt, on the NSA’s target list. I say this because it’s important to understand that the NSA and its allies do not need a reason to understand who to spy on. Their reasoning is that they just want to collect all data and communication in the world. Because the more they know and collect, the more powerful the United States becomes. So they could be gathering data on the Argentine President without a reason.”
Well, there you have it. I guess we still don’t know if we were a specific target. But face it. We totally hope we are. That means we’re in the tight clique!
Ever since the Edward Snowden scandal hit the front pages of every newspaper in the world, the NSA’s plan to spy in the entire world population has become a thing. It started with the revelation that both US and foreign citizens were being spied on for security reasons and then led to the discovery that even world leaders were the prey of a massive surveillance campaign that included their personal cell phones.
Within a few weeks, the National Security Agency went from questionable government agency using despicable means, to what some considered a righteous body used to protect the US from external threats. And then back to an illegitimate tool to check if powerful world leaders were having coffee for breakfast.
High-school cafeteria mentality leads to the obvious conclusion that the only thing worse than being spied by the NSA, is not being considered worth spying. Trust me. Local histeria is not a phenomenon that only applies to dating (or not dating, for that matter). I’m sure President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is secretly wondering how it is possible that Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff gets to be targeted by the US but so far she hasn’t been. So Greenwald’s statements bring some hope. Imagine the rightful indignation! The political points she would get to score!
It’s like that kid from your class who you kept criticizing because he was a bully and dumb, but you were secretly in love with and hoped he would make fun of you so he would at least acknowledge your existence.
So let’s hope we did get spied. That would make us cool. And we could organize a tea party with cool ladies Dilma Rousseff and Angela Merkel to fawn over Obama in secret.