Rep. Mike Rogers Says France Should Be 'Popping Chamagne Bottles' To Celebrate That We Spy On Them
from the both-tone-deaf-and-culturally-insensitive dept
You have to hand it to Rep. Mike Rogers. Not only is he politically tone deaf to why people are so pissed off about NSA surveillance and privacy violations, but he appears to be culturally insulting as well. His latest is to defend last week’s story about the NSA collecting information on 70 million calls in France to claim that the French ought to be “popping champagne bottles” to cheer on the NSA spying on them. Honestly, it would be difficult to make up a comment this clueless.
“If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks. It’s a good thing. it keeps the French safe. It keeps the US safe. It keeps our European allies safe,” he added.
“This whole notion that we’re going to go after each other on what is really legitimate protection of nation-state interest, I think is disingenuous.”
At least he didn’t suggest they should also enjoy some cheese. Of course, that presumes the only reason the US is spying on the French is to protect them against terrorists. But, if that were actually true, they wouldn’t also be bugging the phones of leadership and politicians. To date, there is no indication that the spying on all of those calls was limited to “protecting” the French — and Rogers’ own next statement more or less confirms that this has always been about protecting US interests, not the French.
So, here’s a simple question for Mike Rogers: would he be okay with sharing all of his phone and email records with the French? After all, perhaps they’ll use it to protect him from harm. Even better, yet, why not release that information publicly. If it’s just metadata, then there’s no expectation of privacy, right? If Rogers releases all of his phone and email metadata for the past five years, I’ll stop by his office the next time I’m in DC with a bottle of champagne.