Here we go again. Again we learn the National Security Agency is spying on people without the peoples’ knowledge or consent. We just learn of another tool they’re using.
According to Speigel, an independent International news brand, the NSA monitors international spending through credit card and online banking transactions. According to while blower Eric Snowden, an operation launch called ‘Follow the Money’ went out in 2011. Over 180 million records of transactions were kept, 84 percent from credit cards. VISA customers were an especially huge target. One document says they wanted transactions from customers in the Middle East and Africa. They insists it’s not about targets.
I can actually see a little logic to this. Let’s fact it, there are a lot of scams going on, especially from nations like Nigeria. I’ve learned the hard way then I see a Nigerian transaction on Ebay, to run the other direction. So there’s a part of me that wants to believe there is good these actions, like fighting fraud. Then I remind myself about the spying on law abiding citizens in this country. I’m reminded about all the spying that they did on our European allies, and even on the UN. So I guess what I’m asking is: Is NSA spying ever appropriate?