Brazil to End US Spying on its Soil
Nil NIKANDROV | 27.09.2013 | OPINION

Brazil to End US Spying on its Soil

One can understand the reason for indignation of the Brazilian government when Edward Snowden’s revelations made come into the open the data proving that the United States is involved in pervasive electronic and human intelligence efforts against Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff and her government find it hard it reconcile with the fact that during many years actually all military and oil industry related secrets were known to the chief regional rival, or, to put it plainly, the only real opponent of Brazil in the Western Hemisphere. 

With ingratiating smile Ambassador Thomas Shannon talked about sincere feelings of fraternal friendship towards the Brazilian people while gradually engaging the country in the Pax Americana schemes. Like his predecessors, he actually mesmerized Brazilians with the promise of Washington’s support for Brazil becoming a permanent United Nations Security Council’s member. For so many years Brazil has insisted the United Nations should be reformed to confirm its status of a leading world power. 

Shannon did a lot to defame BRICS. He always said the membership blurs the prospects for Brazil becoming a member of the «first world». While talking to Brazilian politicians, media and electronic means of propaganda he stressed that the economic. trade, political and military ties with Russia and China serve no geostrategic purpose. The Ambassador did a lot to promote non-government organizations operating in Brazil, as well as the activities of USAID, the agency that serves as a cover for special services operatives, those on active service or the ones who aspire to join them and yet have to prove their worth and aptitude for protecting the Empire’s interests in the far-away flanks. According to Brazilian experts, there are at least 500 US active service special agencies’ operatives working in Brazil under cover or without it. The possibility to conduct activities, that had been unrestricted until recently, enabled Americans to create a bifurcated human intelligence (HUMINT) network that can damage Brazil the same way the National Security Agency does with its electronic surveillance. 

Shannon left the country with disgrace without even fully wrapping up the traditional «farewell» round of events. As it is normally done in such cases, the US intelligence community personnel intensified the work with local information sources in view the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) and other power structure are intent to show who calls the shots in the country . 

President Dilma Rousseff took steps to display her protest against insufficient and scanty explanations she received from the White House concerning the US special services surveillance efforts in Brazil. She cancelled the planned visit to Washington. Speaking at the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly’s session, she lashed out against the United States. In unusually strong language, Rousseff launched a blistering attack on U.S. surveillance, calling it an affront to Brazilian sovereignty and totally unacceptable… Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. «Recent revelations concerning the activities of a global network of electronic espionage have caused indignation and repudiation in public opinion around the world. In Brazil, the situation was even more serious, as it emerged that we were targeted by this intrusion. Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscriminately. Corporate information – often of high economic and even strategic value – was at the center of espionage activity. Also, Brazilian diplomatic missions, among them the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Office of the President of the Republic itself, had their communications intercepted. Tampering in such a manner in the affairs of other countries is a breach of International Law and is an affront to the principles that must guide the relations among them, especially among friendly nations. A sovereign nation can never establish itself to the detriment of another sovereign nation. The right to safety of citizens of one country can never be guaranteed by violating fundamental human rights of citizens of another country. The arguments that the illegal interception of information and data aims at protecting nations against terrorism cannot be sustained». She also proposed an international framework for governing the internet and said Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications, «Information and telecommunication technologies cannot be the new battlefield between states. Time is ripe to create the conditions to prevent cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war, through espionage, sabotage, and attacks against systems and infrastructure of other countries», Rousseff said.

Brazilians are already engaged in talks with their Latin Americans that find the fact of US surveillance efforts aimed against them totally unacceptable. The fact that the United States snoops on politicians, big business leaders, military top brass and national special services personnel to take avail of acquired opportunities to blackmail them evokes common indignation among the Latin America elite ranks. That is exactly why Dilma Rousseff announced that steps to be taken to introduce appropriate laws that envision punitive measures for such crimes and the measures adopted for enhancing the protective technologies to effectively prevent the intrusion aimed at illegal collection of information. 

Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, used the podium of United Nations General Assembly to support the President of Brazil. His fight against US special services goes back in time. Ever since he became President, the US Central Intelligence Agency, the military intelligence, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to undermine the position of the Bolivian leader applying efforts to create for him an image of ‘drug trafficking patron» and «Indian drug baron». Criticizing Obama Morales sounded unambiguously; he accused the United States President of being cynical when talking about freedom, justice and peace. According to him, Obama sounds like a master of the world. But no one rules it, and every country is sovereign and has its own dignity. He further described the American President as a «criminal» who willingly violates international law and intrudes into internal affairs of other states. The Bolivian President emphasized that the Empire calls for fight against terrorism but in reality pursues quite different goals. It resorts to different methods of pressure, pursuit and snooping. The fight against terrorism is just an excuse the US resorts to so that it could establish control over oil flows and promote its geopolitical interests. He noted that the United States provides funds for rebel movements and opposition in other countries. The Bolivian leader reminded that after the US Ambassador and the USAID were expelled from his country, Bolivia has become much more stable politically. 

According to observer’s expectations, something similar is going to be heard while other Latin America leaders address the United Nations General Assembly. The US special services have left their bloody traces everywhere on the continent from Mexico to Chili. Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina… Brazil will not be alone in its confrontation with its merciless and unscrupulous adversary.

Tags: UN  USAID  Brazil  Latin America  US  Rousseff 

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