Lewis Diuguid

NSA snooping may cost U.S. dearly

Spying like driving above the posted speed limit is only a problem in the mind of the violator if he gets caught.

President Barack Obama is in the uncomfortable position on the side of the road having been outed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Obama and the United States have been busted over the National Security Agency tapping the telephones of 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Other allies that are upset over the U.S. spying on them include Mexico, Spain and France.

Accompanying speeding tickets is the lost time of being pulled over. So whatever a driver might have been in a hurry to get to is blown with the traffic stop. That same kind of disruption now faces the U.S. spying efforts. Whatever the NSA was after is kaput.

Speeding motorists also have to atone for what they’ve done, which means paying fines, court costs and points against one’s driver’s license. The U.S. also will have to atone to the countries it has upset because of the spying.

What that will be may be labeled “top secret” unless congressional hearings determine otherwise.