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This was the week when the Snowden saga took a few major plot twists, with one president's plane grounded while another president claimed the whole PRISM-snooping thing was for the best. Poor Bolivian president Evo Morales had his plane pulled out of the sky after expressing some sympathy for NSA-leaker Edward Snowden's asylum …

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The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

Moving Coke by the kilo. No action.

Move a human being whose only crime is against another country and only in that country and Europe wide efforts are made to bring it down.

Looks like the real war governments have been fighting are against the twin evils of democracy and transparency

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

Agreed,

I'll wager that the US had a heavy hand in this, and my response is "Fuck You, USA". And for whoever in the various involved countries allowed this to happen, I'd suggest that there may well be an offshore bank account with a few extra dollars in it.

I hope that Bolivia does offer asylum just to shove it up the holier-than-thou fuckers. This stunt may have works decades ago but now the whole world knows within hours (minutes even).

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

I keep getting this image in my mind from proper Star Wars - Leia's ship has been boarded by Darth Vader and Leia lays into the Dark Lord....

"This is a consular ship on a diplomatic mission...."

Austrian Storm troopers...?

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

That's probably not the best analogy, given that Leia was lying. Her ship actually was on a spy mission and had the Death Star plans to prove it.

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

These Star Wars analogies are all very amusing, but we won't be laughing when Grand Moff Hagel obliterates a small South American nation to prove a point.

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

'That's probably not the best analogy'

Agreed. Not to mention (and no disrespect to El Presidente) Evo Morales isn't as attractive as Leia was...

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Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

"Austrian storm troopers"

Didn't they already try something like this?

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Still...

Not a bad name for a band, the Objective Historians. I knew Bush was a retard while in office, but I guess the reason why we haven't heard much from him since he left is because of his deteriorated mental faculties. Maybe he and Clint Eastwood and Steve Ballmer should do a quartet.

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Re: Still...

...three's a trio not a quartet.

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Re: Still...

> ...three's a trio not a quartet.

Ballmer counts as 2.

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If you're gonna name a crater after any fictional spaceship captain, ...

... it should surely be Zapp Brannigan.

"You win again, gravity!"

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So... European countries are NOT spying on US activities?

That seems unlikely to me.

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Re: So... European countries are NOT spying on US activities?

In the unlikely event that we aren't already, we should get started. The US has always put its own interests first (who doesn't?) and we would be fools to trust them just because we are currently allies.

We can start with spying on Paris. Any volunteers?

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Re: So... European countries are NOT spying on US activities?

Start spying on the US with spying on French?

Why not going straight to the point and spy on Washington?

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Re: So... European countries are NOT spying on US activities?

" Why not going straight to the point and spy on Washington? "

Spying on him won't do any good, he's dead.

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Is he still here?

Glad they rolled Bush jnr. out to justify the prism thing, I feel so much better now and believe totally it was done with integrity and the best of intentions.

My wikipedia entry for “Sarcasm”

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Hidden Mike?

Do you mean hidden mic, or was a bloke called Michael hiding in the embassy?

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Re: Hidden Mike?

Yeah, sorry about that. I farted and they heard. I was so busted ;-)

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I think it was an American politician who closed down their WW1 naval code breaking office

with the words

"Gentlemen do not read each others mail."

They've come a long way from that position.

Note that he was talking about diplomatic traffic between countries, not all traffic, on all media, between everyone.

No doubt a conslutants report would argue against this.

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Hey, hey !

Bring on the conslutants ! I can't wait to see their pole presentations.

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Gangsters

The US are becoming more like the Kray twins every day...........

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Re: Gangsters

What you mean like "Ronnie" Reagan and "Reggie" Obama........

The differennce being that the Kray twins were publically known as professional criminals whereas the aformentioned presidents are just amateurs....

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I recently heard a song about data privacy which is slightly amusing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgRx4fkghzU

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Anyone else started singing Mr Gabriel's classic "Games Without Frontiers" yet?

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Liar liar, pants on fire.

Georgie boy sez "One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed."

Really? I'd argue otherwise.

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