‘US spies on others because it can’

An American foreign policy analyst says the US spying activities across the globe continues because its Western allies do not object to it, although they are also victimized.

“The [first] reason we do it is because we can. We believe that the rules of international conduct that we demand of others, do not apply to us,” said James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

Revelations of massive spying operations by the United States have triggered condemnations across Europe and Latin America.

Germany, France and several other countries have expressed concerns about US spying activities after former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden disclosed classified information about US surveillance programs.

France’s President Francois Hollande has demanded answers from his American counterpart Barack Obama about the US National Security Agency’s spying on French citizens.

Mexican interior minister has also ordered a major probe into reports of US electronic spying on Mexico’s current President Enrique Pena Nieto as well as his predecessor Felipe Calderon.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called US President Barack Obama on Wednesday after she learned that the NSA may have monitored her.

“Secondly, we don’t have allies, we have satellites. We have countries that we call allies but are allies in so far as they do what we tell them to do and the third thing is, it’s their own fault,” Jatras said.

Jatras believes that Western countries complain about Washington’s violation of international law but follow whatever they are told to by the US government.

“Right now the United States is imposing another law, called FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which basically demands private financial institutions all over the world provide information to the IRS which is then provided to the NSA,” he said

“The same countries that are complaining about the NSA surveillance are then turning around and submitting to this dictat from Washington.”

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Source: Press TV