US Secretary of State John Kerry believes NSA spying has gone too far

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The US government has been the target of a media storm these past few weeks over their monitoring of other countries and their leaders. John Kerry, US Secretary of State and former presidential candidate, believes that the surveillance may have gone too far.

“The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there and the ability is there,” Kerry said. “In some cases, some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”

He goes on to say that, “there is an effort to try to gather information, yes, in some cases inappropriately, and the president is now doing a thorough review, in order that nobody will have a sense of abuse.” While not specifically talking about the NSA in this instance, the notion here is clear: NSA and associated intelligence agencies have cross the line… in some cases.

Despite this, Kerry still believes that information gathering is useful and has a place, even if in this instance it has gone too far. He invokes the time after 9/11 as an example.

“The US and others, I emphasize to you, others, realized that we are dealing with a new world where people are willing to blow themselves up,” Kerry said. “There are countless examples. Look at Nairobi. What if you were able to intercept that? We have prevented airplanes from going down and buildings from being blown up because we have learned ahead of time of such plans.”

It is true that information gathering or spying has saved lives, and that generally most nations engage in such activities, but what do you think? Do you believe that the president and John Kerry had no knowledge that these activities had gone so far? Let us know in the comments below.

[via CNET, The Guardian]

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7 comments

  1. Darcy

    In many ways, this is like Nixon and Watergate. Everyone was doing it but he got caught. I don’t believe for one second the Obama administration is the first to do this kind of thing. I do believe they are the worst offenders by far at least with their attempts to cover up and deny their actions. It still amazes me that he was elected to a second term with all the revelations coming out then. Granted the media (seemingly) ran a smear campaign against any candidate with the potential to challenge him but too much information was out for anyone who looked to fail to see something.

    From the day he turned the dutch oil cleanup fleet away from helping in the Gulf, I’ve considered Obama a bad president. My opinion of him has dropped with ever debacle since. IMO, The only thing good that might come out of his presidency is the public getting actively involved in government again.

    “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

    “I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” – Charles De Gaulle

  2. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@n.n] This is a fact most people don’t understand. 95% of current policies are not affected from administration to administration. And why should they be? A president is only there for 4 or 8 years while others have been doing their job for a lot longer — people who had say before a president and will have say after a president.

  3. n.n

    Kerry may not know, but Obama surely does. He authorized an expansion and facilitation of domestic spying. Actually, everything that was criticized under previous administrations has enjoyed material progress under the current administration.

  4. jayesstee

    Back in the 60′s, Britain had a Prime Minister, one Harold Wilson.
    In a then current TV satire show, it was said of him:
    Watch him, when he touches his ear, he is telling the truth.  When he scratches his head, he is telling the truth.  When he rubs his eye, he is telling the truth.
    But when he opens his mouth . . . . . .
    Sadly this applies to almost all Politicians!

  5. Ed

    While I do believe that the NSA and other offices have their place in collecting data and that in the long run it ultimately does save lives if that information is gathered in a timely manner. IF it is used as what it was intended for, to gather intel on those who intend to do us or our allies harm, not to spy on you own people.

    With that being said, you DO NOT spy on your own people, you DO NOT gather information willy nilly just to have it. You DO NOT spy on your allies because ultimately if you do it will make enemies of them to you.

    Honestly, if not for Edward Snowden breaking all of this I honestly believe the NSA and other entities would have continued on like business as usual and U.S. citizens would have been none the wiser.

    I honestly believe that all these Congressional and Senatorial supporters had full knowledge, including, Mr.John Kerry of all the doings of the NSA from day one. All they are doing now is back peddling and trying to save face because they have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

    I’d like to know now how they could honestly arrest Edward Snowden now in light of all this and put him in jail. I would like to think that that American people would riot if they did.

  6. kevbo

    The level of mis-information and outright lies which comes out of every ranking official in this administration is unbelievable. I honestly do not know what is more frightening: the fact that these boils on the ass of America expect us to believe this tripe, or the amount of people who actually accept their lies at face value.

    “The US and others, I emphasize to you, others, realized that we are dealing with a new world where people are willing to blow themselves up,”

    – Really? This is a new thing that justifies these actions? Has this empty suit ever heard of kamikaze pilots in the 1940′s? Palestinians have been blowing themselves up in Israel since at least the 60′s. US Marines massacred in Lebanon in the early 80′s? This is not new.

    “there is an effort to try to gather information, yes, in some cases inappropriately,”
    - What does this statement even say? He admits to nothing.

    “and the president is now doing a thorough review, in order that nobody will have a sense of abuse.”

    ” a SENSE of abuse” What does that mean?

    Newspeak, anyone?

    The fact that he and the President did not know the NSA was spying on foreign leaders makes absolutely no sense. If they weren’t doing this for the benefit of those running our foreign policy, why were they doing it? Does anyone really believe the NSA was tapping Ms Merkel’s phone simply because they can, as this idiot here suggests?

    And if he and the President truly didn’t know of these activites, who the heck is running this country?

    This president wallows in his ignorance:

    he knows nothing about US forces being attacked in Benghazi, nothing about political groups who oppose him being targeted by the IRS, nothing about a nearly $1 bn web site which is inoperable and is supposed to be the cornerstone of what he believes to be his political legacy, nothing about his DOJ’s actions in the Fast & Furious, nothing about the same DOJ snooping on the AP reporters, nothing about the FBI’s investigations of Petraus as head of the CIA.

    What does this man know? Wake up America