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Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance
Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2013 3:22 PM EDT | Geir Moulson and John-Thor Dahlburg

Posted on 10/23/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai

German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, saying that would be “a serious breach of trust” if confirmed.

For its part, the White House denied that the U.S. is listening in on Merkel’s phone calls now. “The president assured the chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges.” However, Carney did not specifically say that that U.S. had never monitored or obtained Merkel’s communications. …

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement the chancellor made clear to Obama in a phone call that “she views such practices, if the indications are confirmed … as completely unacceptable.” …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: merkel; nsa; obama; surveillance

1 posted on 10/23/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What if they gave an electronic surveillance state party and no one came?


2 posted on 10/23/2013 2:02:31 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (Seen any scandal headlines lately?)
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To: Olog-hai

Is anybody popping the popcorn right now? Salt and real butter please.

I’m gonna need a Coca-Cola, too.


3 posted on 10/23/2013 2:03:05 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

Did she call on one of her bugged phones?


4 posted on 10/23/2013 2:04:11 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: Rennes Templar; null and void

You know it’s bad when the former Nazi Germany is calling your nation to complain about spying on its own citizens.

Try prophesying THAT one in 1945. You’ll get laughed out of town.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 2:04:35 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

Way to go Obama! First the French were pissed off with us over this and now the Germans.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 2:04:40 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: musicman

He’s not your dad.


7 posted on 10/23/2013 2:05:08 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

In 1945 I think it would have been much more understandable that we’d be spying on them.


8 posted on 10/23/2013 2:05:33 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: F15Eagle

9 posted on 10/23/2013 2:06:17 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Olog-hai

This is why the NSA should be in charge of the healthcare website. They know IT and they know IT well. They’ve been listening in on hundreds of millions of emails, phone calls, and bank transactions for years, without anyone knowing about it. Compare this to setting up a website to collect user data and place it in some databases which the Canadian contractors could not successfully do.


10 posted on 10/23/2013 2:07:16 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: JediJones

Oh, of course! But with attackwatch, etc.

Even a Dem or two at DU remarked how eerie it was. I saw one comment over there a few years ago regarding how wrong it was.


11 posted on 10/23/2013 2:10:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JediJones; Gamecock; Larry Lucido

Believe it or not, George isn’t at home ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg-TqEFYcfM


12 posted on 10/23/2013 2:11:34 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

I was in Germany just a few weeks ago.

Their MSM and elitist classes are even more pro-Obama and Progressive than here in the USA

F*** ‘em


13 posted on 10/23/2013 2:13:50 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Olog-hai
the White House denied that the U.S. is listening in on Merkel’s phone calls now. “The president assured the chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The key words are 'is not monitoring' and 'will not monitor' her cell phone. But nothing has been said about whether they 'have' monitored her cell phone in the past. I believe they have.

14 posted on 10/23/2013 2:17:51 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Olog-hai

So, we’re back to “it all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”


15 posted on 10/23/2013 2:24:07 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Olog-hai

I wonder what the folks that voted for this jerk think of him now, that his true character is finally coming out..

What must they think while in the silence of their room.. I understand not speaking out, but really..


16 posted on 10/23/2013 2:24:49 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: carlo3b
I wonder what the folks that voted for this jerk think of him now, that his true character is finally coming out..

I'll take a back seat to no man when it comes to general loathing of Obama. However I believe that the NSA was out of control long before Obama get involved. And frankly, while I have no problem at all believing Obama would call a bureaucrat and order them to audit the Tea Party or authorize gestapo tactics at public monuments to make his political opponents look bad, I doubt he actually cares enough about what is being said by other world leaders to direct the NSA to spy on them.

I'm glad it's all come out and I'm doubly glad that it's happening now so Obama's the one who has to squirm even though I think the surveillance state started well before him.

17 posted on 10/23/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: pepsi_junkie

PJ, I operated a large number of restaurants and hotels in my past, and many had hundreds of employees, with diverse responsibilities, so I had to delegate as a matter of control.. There were directives that came from my office that no one questioned, that no one doubted the resulting consequences should those rules be broken..

Unless there are public firing within the highest levels of the NSA, this was an inside job, and will be buried ASAP..


18 posted on 10/23/2013 3:03:12 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: Olog-hai
"saying that would be “a serious breach of trust” if confirmed"

He's "Obama" lady - are ya nuts?

19 posted on 10/23/2013 3:08:10 PM PDT by high info voter
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To: Olog-hai

There were foot prints in the soil outside Merkel’s bedroom window. Probably means nothing that only left foot prints were found. Nothing....nothing at all...


20 posted on 10/23/2013 3:13:41 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Olog-hai

Yet another in a virtually endless line of Obama foreign policy screw-ups.

These days, even his pals the Saudis are telling him to f*ck off.


21 posted on 10/23/2013 5:36:59 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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22 posted on 10/24/2013 9:49:10 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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