Can the World charge the US government with Espionage? Lawyer please.

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Germany most-spied-on EU country by US – leaked NSA report.

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This is not simply an ‘anthropologically centred’ piece but springs from this unmissable interview:

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Caspar Bowdem quoting US legalities and how the UK government is impotent to do anything..

“this power can be used by the US to investigate anything with respect to a foreign territory that relates to the conduct of the foreign affairs of the US”

This is great interview and here is some of Bowdem’s papers

A bipolar media man’s Question

The interviewers question (from above video) of ‘1. What do you expect, its your email and social networks…reveals a clear bifurcation in describing how people relate to the world. Communication via email is still communication, just as writing a letter is, or having a telephone or face to face conversation, (plus many telephone conversations happen online e.g. Skype which means Microsoft which has been implicated) that doesn’t make it different from spying on it.

This seems to be a tangential result of a world that prioritises the materiality of the world separately from its social realities -bifurcates as philosopher Whitehead puts it- meaning that we do not categorise email and letter writing together and study their difference as a sociotechnical one (this whole spying situation being an example), but divide their materiality from their socialities (essentially metaphorically split their ontologies), prioritise materiality in our estabished culture, resulting in email and letter writing being in different regions of understanding, but nonetheless know and live in our lives in contrast to this , essentially meaning we have to be bi-polar, so Eric Fromm was right.

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This is from the MI5 in the UK:

A wide range of hostile actors use cyber to target the UK. They include foreign states, criminals, ‘hacktivist’ groups and terrorists. The resources and capabilities of such actors vary. Foreign states are generally equipped to conduct the most damaging cyber espionage…

Hostile actors conducting cyber espionage can target government, military, business and individuals. They use computer networks to steal large volumes of sensitive data undetected. This might include intellectual property, research and development projects, strategic data on a company’s merger and acquisition plans or any other information that the owner might want to protect.

Cyber espionage should be viewed as an extension of traditional espionage. It allows a hostile actor to steal information remotely, cheaply and on an industrial scale. It can be done with relatively little risk to a hostile actor’s intelligence officers or agents overseas. We call this activity Computer Network Exploitation (CNE).

Cyber espionage presents a real risk to the economic well-being of the UK. It poses a direct threat to UK national security.

I was wondering whether the UK government among others can legally charge the USA with Espionage then?

State Terrorism & Asynchronous communication via Synchronous space

In light of that what about looking into the US governments activities as state terrorism, because they ‘pose a direct threat to UK national security’. I mean you could even come at it from a different angle and use the recent whistle-blower as an example of US spying as a direct threat to UK national security because he has managed to release sensitive information while a US government employee?

On another point its all a bit silly for the US government to claim it doesn’t spy on it’s own citizens. National borders are not particularly relevant in this context because our asynchronous communication and their storage is not boundary limited e.g. what you email to someone in the UK from the UK, may not well be stored in the UK but on a server in the US or Japan or wherever, or vice versa. Anyway need to work a bit on our relation to the space-time continuum.

A media man’s next question on your behalf & my question to YOU

2. What have you got to fear?  (from the interview on C4 above)

How do you think change happens? Why do you think homosexuality isn’t a crime in some countries? Why do you think slavery and segregation were abolished? Why do you think we have something partially akin to democracy? Because people in society work, organise, fight, and live to make these things happen. These things don’t just burst out of thin air in some ethereal orgasm of collective decision-making. They require people to find ways to organise without the powers that be crushing them, immobilising them, making life even more difficult than it already is. It is only an extremely arrogant and stupid person that thinks there are no struggles against the political status quo, againts the power status quo that are imperative. A person that thinks we have come so far that the world is pretty good we don’t need to change anymore. The technological and infrastructural setup being used by a community of people to record and analyse everyone’s communication and effect decisions thereon is what maintains power status quo and impeeds peoples’ efforts to bring about the greatest changes we benefit from today. That setup is bigger, faster, deeper and more mechanised than it has ever been. How do you feel? Do you feel like you don’t trust people who live around you, or maybe you feel you don’t trust that person you have not met yet who will threaten your life when you are accidentally in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is it their beliefs, their background that you fear? Their practices? How do you feel that a significant part of your money regulalry goes towards supporting them and pays for the decisions they make that may threaten your life and your way of life? But you are a good citizen right? The kind of citizen who has nothing to hide? Some of us share all online anyway so why should we care? Who do you think sits at the end of the technological and infrastructural chain of listening to you? Do you care? They care enough to listen to you. But its fine your a good citizen and have nothing to hide. Who do you think sits at the other end, why are they there? Do you trust them? What do they have to hide? But you trust them don’t you? Even though you don’t know who they are. Do you trust your neighbour? Aww, whats all this nonsense. It is all for the good of our security. To protect us from losing our democracy, losing who we are, freedom and individual lives to be lived in peace from interference. To live in a good and happy society… what, you say.. it’s so you can carry on living your life, a life protected from insecurity, so you are safe to go to work and pay your mortgage, or go to work and get drunk, or go to work and watch TV. Because all those things make me happy and I need them secure against those people I don’t know.

Another man

Different political times, different social contexts, more human weapons, but something is still the same

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