So much for our standing with the rest of the world. The EU Parliament wants to suspend a program sharing data with the United States because of the revelations about the NSA’s massive snooping program.
European lawmakers on Wednesday called for the suspension of an agreement that grants U.S. authorities access to bank data for terror-related investigations, marking a sharp official rebuke of Washington’s surveillance programs.
The European Parliament’s resolution, adopted in a 280-254 vote with 30 abstentions, is not binding. The agreement could only be suspended by a two-thirds majority of the 28-nation bloc’s member states.
The resolution followed leaks by Edward Snowden alleging the U.S. National Security Agency targeted the Belgium-based system overseeing international bank transfers, known as SWIFT.
The measure’s opponents said cancelling the agreement would jeopardize a powerful law enforcement tool that allows investigators to analyze money flows related to terrorist activities. The supporters maintained the alleged spying grossly violated the so-called Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement and thereby voided it.
In related news, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reason to believe the US has been listening in on her phone calls. Lovely.