Loyalty seems to be a mostly antique sentiment in this age of consumerism and xenophilia. Although connotations are more negative than neutral. Loyalty to one’s own people has become the most shunned mental infirmity–with certain rare exceptions. Though whether open or furtive, acknowledged or implicit, we all bear our own concentric circles of loyalty.
For instance, your host is loyal to parties expanding outward as follows:
The apparatus of American state is no different. It also features concentric circles of loyalty:
This core loyalty of the USG was amply displayed in a recent article on Zero Hedge regarding the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA activities.
Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between US and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade, it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA’s only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner.
That is a stunning statement. It implies that the signals intelligence exchange between the American and Israeli governments has been driven almost entirely by the NSA giving information to the Israelis, instead of Israel giving information to the U.S. … even though we were the ones attacked on 9/11.
Remember, the raw data on American citizens collected by the NSA is shared with Israel. As the Guardian reported in September:
The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.
According to the agreement, the intelligence being shared would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove US communications. “NSA routinely sends ISNU [the Israeli Sigint National Unit] minimized and unminimized raw collection”, it says.
A much stricter rule was set for US government communications found in the raw intelligence. The Israelis were required to “destroy upon recognition” any communication “that is either to or from an official of the US government“. Such communications included those of “officials of the executive branch (including the White House, cabinet departments, and independent agencies), the US House of Representatives and Senate (member and staff) and the US federal court system (including, but not limited to, the supreme court)”.
This not only raises major privacy concerns for American citizens, but it might mean that Israel is spying on the American Congress and other high-level politicians.
Let that seep into the pores for a moment. Of course, we are nothing to the government under our nominal employee. And thus our private communications are dutifully transferred to a foreign power without either our awareness or endorsement. That goes without saying.
But consider that last quoted paragraph again. Israelis are bound (under weight of written agreement) to absolutely not take even the slightest peek at the communications of our leaders, solons, and esteemed jurists. Because, well, if they did that information could possibly be used to influence or extort positions favorable to that foreign power and its dual citizens. That is why we provide them this data with inherent safeguards that require (in writing!) that they destroy any communications that would prove useful to their aims.
We actually pay for a government to treat us like this.