Iceland Launches US Spy Probe

Certainly Iceland, between Russia and New England, is critical to the balance of power in the world.  The US cannot afford to miss a beat in monitoring the pulse of foreign nations.  Nations monitor other nations. Monaco has its “Department of External Affairs of the Principality of Monaco,” which is mostly outsourced to France.   Then there is the Pacific island countries such as Palau, which are important to the US (don’t forget Midway).   – carlos

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland has joined other Nordic countries in launching an investigation into a controversial U.S. Embassy surveillance program.

Iceland’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will try to determine whether the U.S. embassy’s program of monitoring some citizens violates the civil rights of residents living near the embassy, which sits in a residential area in Reykjavik’s old city center.

The inquiry was spurred by media reports in Norway and Swedenthat linked U.S. embassies there to possible espionage against citizens of those countries, including allegedly taking pictures of street demonstrations and of people deemed security risks, sparking a wave of anti-American sentiments that has spread throughout the region.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/national/sns-ap-eu-europe-us-spying,0,699507.story

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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