NSA, Under Pres. Bush, Secretly Spied on UK Citizens with Tony Blair's Permission (Video)

| by Michael Allen

While Americans continue to be infuriated by the mass spying of the National Security Agency (NSA) on their private lives, newly-released documents from Edward Snowden's original leak show that the NSA also spied on British citizens in the UK, who were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

In a report published by The Guardian and the UK's Channel 4 (video below), a 2007 NSA memo reveals the NSA spied on UK residents between 2004 and 2007 with permission from then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The US and UK have repeatedly claimed that electronic spying was only used to combat terrorism, but this new leak proves both governments have been lying to their citizens.

The 2007 memo notes an agreement between the US and UK governments that gave the NSA the freedom to spy on UK citizens without any type of warrant.

Originally in 2004, the UK government agreed to only limited spying on its people, a limitation that the US was prepared to ignore.

The Guardian and Channel 4 also published a 2005 NSA memo that said the US was preparing to spy on Britain "unilaterally" and the UK government would not be told.

The NSA wrote: “Under certain circumstances, it may be advisable and allowable to target second party persons and secondary party communications systems unilaterally, when it is in the best interests of the US and necessary for US national security.”

At some point, Prime Minister Blair rolled over for the Bush administration and gave into the unlimited spying, much as he did with the Iraq War.

Sources: The Guardian and Channel 4