EFF’s logo for its case against NSA warrantless wiretapping; note the death grip on the network. (graphic by hugh electronic via Flickr)

For years the particular offensive aspects of American and French foreign policy have been making imperialistic errors and pretending there were still imperialistic errors to make respectively (oh, and the abuse of Greenpeace).

But while France may have disagreed with much of the Bush Era foreign policy era decisions, it was apparently in full “agreeance” with the American method of invading privacy.

France’s foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.

The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.

The operation is “outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision”, Le Monde says.

Well, a major French newspaper at least disagrees with the program, that gives it one up on the American media.



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Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

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