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German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany

U.S. President Barack Obama stopped the National Security Agency's (NSA) spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, but a German newspaper claims that the NSA is still keeping a close watch on top German government officials. 
 
According to Reuters, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany, including Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.
 
Bild am Sonntag said its information came from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany, who chose to remain anonymous. 
 
"We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly," said the NSA employee, according to Bild am Sonntag.


Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama [SOURCE: Truth Frequency Radio]

Berlin has been looking to make a "no-spy" deal with Washington, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due to visit the U.S. on Thursday for that purpose. 

In October 2013, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. had tapped Chancellor Merkel phone for years, and spied on 34 other world leaders as well. This led one German politician to call for a complete halt on trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S.

But Obama attempted to calm the situation in January when he ordered the NSA to stop spying on the leaders of U.S.-allied nations.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill



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RE: >.<
By Schrag4 on 2/24/2014 9:38:45 PM , Rating: 0
You're missing the point. I'm a US citizen. I don't care if the Chinese or Russian governments spy on me, because they have no jurisdiction over me . I EXPECT foreign governments to spy on the US and its citizens, just as I expect the US to spy on foreign nations. I don't, however, expect to pay for NSA equipment and salaries so that they can spy on me.

I realize people outside of the US haven't really tasted freedom, but here in the US, we have, or at least we used to. Maybe I'm just wearing a tin-foil hat, but with the expansion on domestic spying and the ever-increasing militarization of enforcement agencies, things look pretty bleak for freedom in the US. They claim it's all to keep the public safe from terrorists, but I and others don't buy it. I don't doubt that it may have stopped a few attacks, but it certainly wasn't worth the MASSIVE loss of liberty. Not only that, but IMO terrorism was just a justification given for these measures that give the US govt incredible control over its populace. What other conclusion could I come to?

Consider this: It has already been revealed that info gathered from the NSA has been used by enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, etc) to catch domestic criminals (not terrorists), and since it's unconstitutional to search in this manner, investigators produce a plausible paper trail before they go in and make the arrest. Essentially they make it look like they stumbled upon the criminal in some legal manner when in fact they did not. You may say "that's nice, another drug dealer off the street, so why do I care?" You should care because some day they may become more aggressive about who they target. Use your imagination (think Nazi Germany).


RE: >.<
By Strunf on 2/25/2014 7:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
The thing is no one cares what you do not your government nor any other government on this planet, the point of spying everyone is not to spy on common folks, the point is that when you spy everyone you'll also spy people of some interest.
I realize people in the US haven't really tasted freedom, but here, we have, and for us it's not normal to spy on people without any kind of motive, this is cause we know power corrupts and the moment someone is given the power to spy on everyone he will with no doubt abuse of this power.
I don't think Hollywood is really spot on with their movies but "Enemy of the State" depicts quite well some of the problems we have when some agency becomes too powerful and ultimately completely independent from the state.


RE: >.<
By Schrag4 on 2/25/2014 9:36:24 AM , Rating: 3
I think we're saying the same thing (perhaps you missed what I was saying). Our founding fathers went out of their way to make it clear that the government should not have the ability to search citizens unless there's some reasonable suspicion that the one being searched is doing something wrong. The NSA spying basically searches every single citizen without any suspicion. It's clearly illegal under our own laws. The domestic spying may or may not have been initiated for "innocent" reasons, but it's scary how easy it could be abused (already has been by all accounts). It's simply not worth it, IMO.


RE: >.<
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2014 9:39:11 AM , Rating: 2
And where is "here" if you don't mind me asking?


RE: >.<
By Strunf on 2/26/2014 5:18:35 AM , Rating: 2
Switzerland ;)


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