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This just in: Spies spy.

I find President Obama’s admission that he was unaware that the National Security Agency spied on world leaders far more frightening then the NSA actually spying on world leaders. Isn’t that what spies do? Spy on other countries?

(Meanwhile stories about the federal government actually abusing its power yield a collective yawn amongst the beltway media. The IRS can share confidential taxpayer information for the sole purpose of intimidating political opponents and to suppress political speech through fear and all kinds of poorly justified defense ensues.)

I also find it unbelievable that Obama “just found out” about this NSA spying. Maybe he thought the NSA — and the IRS — was just for spying on American citizens? But I’ll take him at his word for now. It’s also amusing that other world leaders are shocked, yes shocked (quoting Casablanca’s Captain Renault), that our spy agencies spy on them. We’re expected to believe that the world’s greatest spy agencies in France, Germany, Russia, China and even our bestie Great Britain likewise spend billions on intelligence agencies to spy on… well, just on disreputables and al Qaeda, but not each other. The whole thing is farce.

Even Madeline Albright — hardly a hawkish conservative Bilderberg — found the faux outrage ridiculous.

The French outrage is especially hard to take seriously given that Le Monde reported this summer that the French intelligence agency DGSE maintains its own robust data-collection program on domestic and foreign targets. “Le Big Brother fran├žais,” Le Monde calls it. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright noted recently that the French were eavesdropping on her private conversations when she was U.N. ambassador in the 1990s. “This is no surprise to people,” she told a conference in Washington. “Countries spy on each other.”