German Chancellor Angela Merkel had an awkward phone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama this week.
Their topic of conversation? Whether Obama’s government was tapping Merkel’s cell phone.
According to the White House, Obama assured Merkel that his government “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications. Hmmmm … no past tense assurances?
This isn’t the first time spy allegations have been leveled against America – which we learned this summer was running a massive domestic snooping operation on its own people. Back in July Merkel called Obama about broader allegations of American snooping on its European allies.
Earlier this week the French newspaper Le Monde accused Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) of intercepting more than 70 million phone calls in France over a one-month period.
Obama’s administration has labeled the allegations made by Le Monde “inaccurate and misleading.”
Because that’s exactly how they responded to the initial revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – whose information has turned out to be 100 percent accurate.
Unswayed by American denials, the European Union (EU) is adding the topic of international electronic surveillance to the agenda of its upcoming two-day summit in Brussels.
“Data protection must apply to everyone – whether we are talking about citizens’ emails or Angela Merkel’s mobile phone,” an EU official said. “We now need big European rules to counter big fears of surveillance.”
Surveillance operated out of the “land of the free …” whose citizens seem to have accepted unlimited, unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping as part of their “New Normal.”
Oh well … at least the Europeans aren’t taking this lying down.
UPDATE: According to The (U.K.) Guardian, the NSA has tapped the phones of as many as thirty-five world leaders.
I guess he’s passing the check to W. Bush.
nope, just blaming him whenever it’s convenient to do so.
Don’t surveil me bro
As soon as Shifty can figure how to copy a video you will see something unbelievable!
What kind of friend spies on a friend? No friend.
We’re going to alienate ourselves very quickly from our allies with this bullshit.
Obama was tapping dat ass.
Hardest I’ve laughed all day
I am sure we have been spying on the Germans since WWII.
If Obama’s NSA can invade the privacy of Germany’s President, maybe he could pimp some IT Techs from the NSA and fix the HHS websites. This is the most corrupt President a stolen election has ever brought to bear. Where are the House Congressional Hearings? Oh, that’s right, Boehnor won’t allow a Special Prosecutor for ANY Obama scandal
I love all you Teapublicans. You hate Obama so much you can’t even keep your own political positions straight. If Obama did it, its bad. Just like all those Republican health care ideas he stole.
Aren’t you the ones who said non-US Citizens have no rights under the Constitution? We can do anything to anyone we want if they are not a US Citizen, right? Is Ms. Merkel a US Citizen?
Go snort some more happy dust.
Gee whiz! I just found these calls recorded on my cell phone—
from Germany: “Shifty, ihr prasident is ein pissiger!”
from France : “Shifty, votre president est un pissant!”
from Mexico : “Shifty, su presidente es un cagon!”
We should send Dubya to massage her shoulders again.
Tapping phones has been going since the 1890’s.Your attempts at being an ‘alternative media’ outlet are pathetic.Too much information=No information,Stick to ,T&A.You have nothing to offer,except more BS.