Ever since NSA’s extensive surveillance program blew up to the public, thanks to Edward Snowden, startling revelations have been coming to light. Recently, it was reported that NSA hacked into the email of former Mexican President. And now, German Chancellor has protested to President Obama over the fact that NSA tapped her calls.
National security is a tricky thing and a slippery slope, often used to justify many illegal and unconstitutional acts. In the case of NSA, the agency has tapped into the calls and emails of not only US citizens but also those of millions of overseas people.
It would appear that even close US allies such as Germany are not safe from such surveillance. Der Spiegel of Germany recently reported that NSA had been involved in tapping the phone calls of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Irked at this revelation, Chancellor Merkel called up President Obama and protested over such surveillance.
In response, Washington composed a carefully-worded response which doesn’t exactly deny the allegations leveled. In the words of the official statement from the White House, ‘The President assured the Chancellor that the United States is not monitoring, and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel.’
No mention is made of whether or not such monitoring has been done in the past, which is the primary point of contention. It is sad to see that the current government in the US finds it apt to continue justifying, and glossing over, such actions of NSA which clearly violate US constitution itself. It remains to be seen how things may change following the imminent retirement of the powerful NSA chief, Alexander Keith.
Source: Der Spiegel