The spy agency General Direction for the Security of the State (DGSE) has been revealed to be doing exactly the same as the NSA. From The Raw Story:
... the DGSE intercepted signals from computers and telephones in France, and between France and other countries, although not the content of phone calls, to create a map of “who is talking to whom”. It said the activity was illegal.
“All of our communications are spied on,” wrote Le Monde, which based its report on unnamed intelligence sources as well as remarks made publicly by intelligence officials.
“Emails, text messages, telephone records, access to Facebook and Twitter are then stored for years,” it said.
Of course nobody should be surprised by that. But we all must know and also feel very outraged. While the news is not really news, it is indeed a clear violation of all the alleged principles of the so-called democracy, in which citizens have the right to privacy and authorities need special reasons and authorizations to breach such fundamental right.
Instead all that is routinely monitored and stored, and much as Winston Smith in the dystopian (but horribly realistic) masterpiece 1984, we must all know that each of our communications is being listened to, that we all are being treated as criminal suspects.
In other words: that we live under a not-so-subtle totalitarian tyranny.