What's America trying to really do?

By | November 29, 2010

Couldn’t resist. Downloaded the data file for India. Going through stuff. Adding as seems appropriate with things of interest to Indians.

I had written earlier about the one document I found absolutely scandalous, which calls on US diplomats to collect information, some of which types of information would have the lawyers screaming invasion of privacy in the US itself.

“on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders”

US diplomats spied on UN leadership

A parallel intelligence directive sent to diplomats in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi said biometric data included DNA, fingerprints and iris scans.

Washington requests biometric information for African leaders

To me, the bit I’m obsessing about is:

Details on commercial and private VIP networks used for official communications, to include upgrades, security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys, and types of V P N versions used.


credit card account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers; work schedules, and other relevant biographical information

These are the kinds of things that will compromise the security of the hosts – be it nations or the UN. Nor is such information openly available without some intentional invasion of privacy and security. Asking diplomats to collect such information is misuse of the diplomatic relationship.

Indian media seems to be in popcorn popping mode, like the politicians. Interested, but not worried. Sify touches the subject briefly, as does Hindustan Times, etc. NDTV writes of it from a diplomats to foreign countries perspective (so no mention of passwords and encryption keys).

Crowley insists that American diplomats are diplomats.

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