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    Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    German chancellor furious after revelations US intelligence agency listened in on her personal mobile phone

    Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama | World news | The Guardian

    In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up. The German chancellor also told the US president that America's National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.

    Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: "This is like the Stasi."

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Merkel makes some great points. Obama's NSA is making a real mess of the constitution. The Snowden investigations are going to really sting, and can't help the presidents approval numbers.

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Merkel sure is good at blowing a lot of hot air. If she wanted to put her money where her mouth was she would offer Snowden asylum.
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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Merkel sure is good at blowing a lot of hot air. If she wanted to put her money where her mouth was she would offer Snowden asylum.
    You dont think she has a right to be pissed? She has to meet your arbitrary demand why exactly? This is a huge diplomatic and political nightmare for all sides involved.

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    I cheered when I read this. Merkel has every right to be upset. We've far overstepped constitutional and diplomatic bounds with the NSA snooping.
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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    I cheered when I read this. Merkel has every right to be upset. We've far overstepped constitutional and diplomatic bounds with the NSA snooping.
    Absolutely agreed and im even more angry its being done to americans.

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

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    Absolutely agreed and im even more angry its being done to americans.
    Ditto. It's a patent violation of our basic constitutional rights.
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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Merkel sure is good at blowing a lot of hot air. If she wanted to put her money where her mouth was she would offer Snowden asylum.
    I don't think it's hot air, but your point about Germany offering Snowden asylum is right on.

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Merkel makes some great points. Obama's NSA is making a real mess of the constitution. The Snowden investigations are going to really sting, and can't help the presidents approval numbers.
    Ok, true but, the NSA was about this long before Obama. He gets criticism to be sure, but as Sandra Day O'Conner (Reagan's pick) said when we all just thought it was illegal (warrantless wiretapping) such things are what can cause a country to degenerate into dictatorship and must be nipped to avoid that end. And Jimmy Carter in reference to same (and other issues) has stated that we no longer have a functioning democracy.

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    Re: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    I cheered when I read this. Merkel has every right to be upset. We've far overstepped constitutional and diplomatic bounds with the NSA snooping.
    Yep! I hope the pressure keeps up.

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