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  •  well under Hillary the State Dept. not only spied (4+ / 0-)

    upon members of the UN they even collected DNA wherever possible.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 12:59:11 PM PST

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    •  WTF, DNA ? Whoa! (2+ / 0-)
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      by divineorder on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:47:50 PM PST

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      •  it was a LOT more than just DNA,it is also illegal (0+ / 0-)

        but hey we're 'exceptional' when it comes to laws.

        http://www.theguardian.com/...

        A directive from Hillary Clinton ordered US diplomats to gather biometric information on the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP
        Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.

        A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton's name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications.

        It called for detailed biometric information "on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders" as well as intelligence on Ban's "management and decision-making style and his influence on the secretariat". A parallel intelligence directive sent to diplomats in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi said biometric data included DNA, fingerprints and iris scans.

        Washington also wanted credit card numbers, email addresses, phone, fax and pager numbers and even frequent-flyer account numbers for UN figures and "biographic and biometric information on UN Security Council permanent representatives".

        More...

        The UN has previously asserted that bugging the secretary general is illegal, citing the 1946 UN convention on privileges and immunities which states: "The premises of the United Nations shall be inviolable. The property and assets of the United Nations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, requisition, confiscation, expropriation and any other form of interference, whether by executive, administrative, judicial or legislative action".

        The 1961 Vienna convention on diplomatic relations, which covers the UN, also states that "the official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable".(all emphasis mine)

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:41:08 PM PST

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