Washington Murdered Privacy At Home And Abroad

In the Swiss newspaper
Professor Dr.

Eberhard Hamer

from Germany asks,

"How Sovereign is Europe?"

He examines the issue and concludes that Europe has

little, if any, sovereignty

Professor Hamer writes that the sovereign rights of
Europeans as citizens of nation states were dissolved
with the coming into force of the

Lisbon Treaty

on Dec. 1, 2009. The rights of the people have been
conveyed to a political commissariat in Brussels. The


Spanish, British, Irish, Italians, Greeks,

and so forth,

now have
"European citizenship whatever this may be."

The result of aggregating nations is to reduce the
political participation of people. The authority of
parliaments and local councils has been impaired. Power
is now concentrated in new hierarchical structures
within the

European Union


means indirect and weak participation by people.
Self-rule has given way to authoritarian rule from top
to bottom.

Professor Hamer then examines the EU commissariat and
concludes that it, too, lacks sovereignty, having
submitted to the will of the United States. The problem
is not only that Europeans are waging an
unconstitutional war ordered by the U.S. in a region of
the world where Europe has no interests. Europe`s puppet
state existence goes far beyond its mercenary service to
the American Empire.

The EU has given in to Washington`s demand for
"free access to
the banking data of the central financial service
provider, Swift, in Europe. All financial flows in
Europe (and between Europe and the rest of the world)
will now be monitored by the CIA and other American and
Israeli intelligence services."
The monitoring will
include transfers within Germany, for example, and
within individual cities. "The data, even data of
completely innocent citizens, have to be stored for five
years, of course, at the expense of the banks and their

How sovereign is the EU when it is unable to protect the
financial privacy of its citizens from foreign

For some time Zeit-Fragen has been reporting Washington`s pressure on the Swiss
government to violate Swiss statutory law in order to
comply with American demands to monitor financial flows
within Switzerland and between Switzerland the world.
Writers show their astonishment at the total contempt
Washington has for the sovereignty of other countries
and the privacy rights of their citizens.

We Americans should not be surprised. Not withstanding
statutory laws, our privacy rights are long gone. In the
U.S. privacy has become a cruel and expensive joke. It
means that parents cannot find out about the college
grades of a son or daughter without the permission of
the son or daughter. It means that credit card
companies, banks and other financial institutions are
required to waste money sending a steady stream of
“privacy notices”
to customers about the use of the customer`s
information. It means an American cannot get information
about his account with a credit card company, telephone,
cable, and Internet provider, bank, utility company or
make any alteration in his account without providing a
stranger with his Social Security number or other
private information over and beyond one`s name, address,
and account number. This routine is a joke when the
government has access to everything. It is part of our
Orwellian world that privacy is protected by the
requirement to give strangers private information over
the telephone.

The American sheeple quietly accepted the complete
destruction of their right to privacy. Encouraged by
success in smiting the American people, Washington has
now destroyed the privacy of Europeans.

Indeed, the "freedom and democracy" government spies on the entire world and
sends drones into foreign countries to murder people
disapproved by Washington.

Washington denounces other governments for human rights
violations while itself violating human rights every

Washington puts foreign leaders on trial for war crimes,
while committing war crimes every day.

What happens when the dollar goes and Washington no
longer has the money to bribe compliance with its
demands? When that day arrives, freedom will reemerge.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
His latest bookHow The Economy Was Lost,

has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.