Nov 4, 2013

Human Rights, the NSA, and U.S. Moral Decline (La Jornada, Mexico)

La Jornada 
Translated By Douglas Myles Rasmussen
October 31, 2013

In the context of the opening of its regular sessions, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded yesterday, in the midst of scandal over the massive and systematic espionage practiced by Washington against citizens and governments, that the United States apply mechanisms to regulate the surveillance of communications so as not to infringe on human rights.

Felipe González, commissioner of the hemisphere-wide group, said that the Commission must advance toward a mechanism that, assuming the legitimacy of the security efforts of states, is not invasive of the rights of individuals. Meanwhile, his counterpart Rodrigo Escobar, stressed that the powers of the United States on security matters must not be absolute, and that the neighboring country must be subject to certain limits, rules and procedures.  Read more. 

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