Sometimes the news is just too alarming not to report. Sometimes it’s too disgusting to whisk away like it doesn’t matter.
And then there are times when it’s so eye-rolling ridiculous that I can’t help from adding my commentary. Such is the case with the following Yahoo! article I stumbled upon yesterday afternoon…
“Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday.
“The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.
“Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony ‘very sobering ... alarming ... even terrifying’, and quoted another as saying the behavior was ‘damaging.’
“‘No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do,’ said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, according to Newsweek.
“It said that briefing was one of several in recent months given by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate.
“The former congressional staffer said the intelligence agencies did not give specifics, but cited ‘industrial espionage—folks coming over here on trade missions or with Israeli companies working in collaboration with American companies, [or] intelligence operatives being run directly by the government, which I assume meant out of the [Israeli] Embassy.’
“Israel's espionage activities in America are unrivaled and go far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, Britain and Japan, counter-intelligence agents told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, Newsweek said.”
It wasn’t very long ago that we got caught with our own hands in the international cookie jar, spying on our allies, hacking into their systems and even bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. And we never apologized for any of it. Not really. Not sincerely.
But after largely ignoring tons and tons and tons of incriminating data, we’re going to turn around and start whining about how other people are spying on us?
If it’s even true – which I’m not saying it is or isn’t – it’s laughable. On so many levels.