Germany Cool to Obama NSA Reforms

Pledge to restrict snooping on foreign leaders doesn't placate ally

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government isn’t satisfied with President Barack Obama’s pledge on Friday to curb the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, saying the restrictions don’t go far enough to stop U.S. spying on German government officials.

Obama’s pledge to stop NSA eavesdropping on allied world leaders is “no answer” to Germany’s concerns, a Merkel spokesman said Monday, according to Bloomberg. Under Obama’s plan, U.S. intelligence agencies will still gather information from foreign governments, and the NSA hasn’t been ordered to stop spying on Merkel advisers.

“The fundamental question is, should security services be able to do everything they’re technically able to do,” Norbert Roettgen, chairman of Germany’s lower house foreign affairs committee, said Sunday. “Obama essentially said ‘yes.’”

Reports that the NSA had tapped Merkel’s phone caused an uproar in Germany, and the nation’s Federal Prosecutor’s office is deciding whether to open an investigation into the NSA’s mass surveillance of emails and phone calls in Germany.

[Bloomberg]

4 comments
justplncate
justplncate

It looks like the Germans are more intelligent, and realistic than the bulk of the American media.  They recognize double speak when they hear it

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Who in their right mind would trust Obama with anything??

chrispy
chrispy

Nobody really cares about their privacy. They just say they do because deep down they know they are supposed to. But in reality they couldn't care less, as evidenced by their use of Google and Facebook. These sites are the real violators of our privacy, much more than the NSA. People that really, truly care about their privacy don't used those sites. Instead, they use sites like Ravetree, DuckDuckGo, HushMail, etc. Don't be a fake privacy advocate - be a real one.