While the U.S. media is giving scant coverage of the controversial spy program under President Barack Obama, the German and European Union media are in the midst of a frenzy over the report that the NSA is monitoring the cell phone communications of Chancellor Angela Merkel, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.
The German press, for example, quoted U.S. intelligence sources as saying that one of the National Security Agency’s top officials, Keith Alexander, allegedly briefed the U.S. president on an eavesdropping operation involving Merkel in 2010 and that the U.S. president allowed it to go continue.
Germany’s media also claim the NSA not only “tapped” Merkel’s business mobile phone but also her official “landline.”
German and European Union officials are characterized in news stories as being outraged and angry over the spying on their leader by U.S. intelligence and they’ve labeled it a “very serious breach of trust and of German national security.”
“Can you blame [the Germans] for their reaction? While the Obama administration is ever so careful not to even call Islamic terrorists Muslims and believes terrorism is a criminal justice issue, Obama is perfectly fine with government ‘spooks’ spying on American citizens and nations deemed to be our friends,” said former intelligence officer and police commander Sid Franes.
Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com. Further, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
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