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You know, long ago I should have crossed the bridge into Nothing Can Surprise Me Anymore land. But, every time I think I've tumbled over that border, another thing comes along that makes me say, "Are you fargen kidding me!!!???" Here's one just being reported by Reuters that nearly caused me to rethink my sanity:
The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws.
My god, what can one say to that? After months of near weekly revelations of our government tapping the digital communications of literally everything passing through American data networks to and from other countries, our federal government has the gall to publicly say this? ...with a straight Uncle Sam face even? I had to check the date to make sure I was not being punked.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative offers as a rationale that the effort to build a Brazil to Europe or internal European network might

potentially lead to effective exclusion or discrimination against foreign service suppliers that are directly offering network services, or dependent on them.
How sweet of the USTR to be so concerned about fair play, right?

The article goes on to say there's some $8 trillion in American e-commerce each year and an independent EU network might risk that. Uhhmmm, maybe the geniuses in the NatSec community might have considered that little detail before bugging Merkel's personal cell phone, much less tapping into the transcontinental fiber optic networks and storing every digital bit traversing its glass paths?

I should write a more thorough diary, but pardon me for being speechless. For fuck's sake.

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