Many people are blasting the government of the United States over their spying programs. One of those people is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but he’s wrong on spying.
Assange conducted an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” and made a quote that compared what former President Richard Nixon did to what the current U.S. government is doing.
“He is a hero. He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications, far beyond anything that happened under Nixon. Obama can’t just turn around like Nixon did and say, it’s OK, if the president does it, if the president authorizes it,” Assange said.
When you take a closer look at the details between the two you will see why Assange is wrong on spying.
Nixon’s activities started in the early 1960s and culminated in the mid 1970s with the Watergate Scandal. They included break-ins, campaign fraud, money laundering and political espionage. People also need to remember there were only landline telephones and personal computers were in its infancy with very few people owning one.
Finally, there is one huge thing that came out of this era, which is why Assange is wrong on spying. That is the Vietnam War was the first major war that featured guerrilla warfare on a national level against the United States.
Prior to World War II, most battles were fought head to head with locals helping out on a small scale level by using guerilla warfare tactics. That changed during World War II as the French Resistance played a significant role as they used guerilla warfare to obtain crucial information on German defenses, deployment and battle orders. The only other major war in between World War II and the Vietnam War was the Korean War, but there was very little guerilla warfare involved.
Since the Vietnam War, guerilla warfare tactics have been used on a national level thanks to its success on the United States.
That type of warfare led to the deaths of 2,996 people on September 11th, 2001 of which 19 were the hijackers and 55 were military personnel. So, yes spying is a necessity and Assange is wrong on spying.
The fact of the matter is Al Qaeda has declared war on the United States as we are the most powerful nation in the world and apparently the prime example of what is evil in their eyes. They have made it their life’s work to stop this evil from spreading and corrupting the world. Right now as you are reading this article there are Al Qaeda members who are plotting revenge on the U.S.
What is our government to do knowing full well that terrorists are out to hurt innocent civilians?
So, let’s just sit on our hands and not do anything even if another country warns us that a certain person is a terrorist, because everyone has the right to privacy and the government has no right to intrude into our lives what so ever. Oh wait, that already happened with the Boston Marathon Bombings. Now, three people are dead and 264 others lives have been turned upside down, because of the fact that the government refused to fully investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev even though Russia stated that the guy was a terrorist.
Why do you think that Russia has been completely silent on the whole issue until recently? It’s because they were already caught!
People forget that in the summer of 2010 the Federal Bureau of Investigation busted an 11 member Russian spy ring.
Listening in on other’s conversations, isn’t really a new concept. Many forget that you could easily stumble in on a conversation by tuning baby monitor or another cordless phone to the right frequency when they are using a cordless phone.
Also, many people post their entire lives on Facebook and other social media sites for the world to see. Now, some of you may say that your Facebook page is private and only can be viewed by certain people. The reality is that it really isn’t as all you need to do is go to a friend’s public page and read their news feed to get information on a person that is private.
Then there is the fact that parents spy on their kids who are on Facebook. According to the L.A. Times, a survey done by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at USC found that nearly two-thirds of monitor their children’s Facebook visits and nearly half know their passwords.
So, just remember Assange is wrong on spying for two reasons. First, it’s the only way you’re going to get information on a non-ally country and is a way of life for governments. Secondly, without spying more incidents like September 11th and the Boston Marathon Bombings will happen.
In other words, get over it people it’s just the way life is today.