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Demonstrators protested across Germany against spying by America's National Security Agency (photo: dpa)

Spying: Americans answer European ‘sovereignty’ accusations

Many Europeans criticise the United States for spying on their countries. Americans argue that these activities save lives on both continents and reject accusations that Washington reserves special rights for itself that it does not give to others. They say that America’s superior technical capability provides Europeans with information vital to their own security - and that what some call an infringement of sovereignty is actually a form of tacit cooperation desired by most European governments.

REVELATIONS that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Europeans created a firestorm of controversy in Europe. There was a great outpouring of fury from all sides of th...

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Dr. Kim R. Holmes
Europeans may be especially sensitive to the issue of state surveillance because of their history. But it is a long way from the Gestapo or the Stasi to the NSA
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