Sunday 24 September 2017

Of course the US is watching us, Enda

The notion that our American 'friends' aren't snooping on Ireland is fatuous, writes Gene Kerrigan

WITH the greatest respect, this column will have to disagree with our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, on a matter of international espionage. Mr Kenny has expressed his views on espionage tradecraft, as politicians right across the globe become alarmed at the activities of the US National Security Agency.

Nothing for us to worry about, he says.

As documented by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA jargon is straight out of a Jason Bourne movie. The Tempora project, the Prism connection, the XKeyScore programme. The technology has now advanced to the point where the spooks can collect everything said electronically anywhere, scooping up every email, phone call and keystroke generated by anyone – from a national leader to a clerk in a small company – and store it.

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