Monday, February 24, 2014

The spies never stop

When the NSA was caught bugging German Chancellor Anglea Merkel's cellphone, they were ordered to stop by no less than the President of the United States. They did - but have simply started spying on other politicians instead:

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday.

Revelations last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkel's mobile phone, shocked Germans and sparked the most serious dispute between the transatlantic allies in a decade.

Bild am Sonntag said its information stemmed from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany and that those being spied on included Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.

"We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly," it quoted the NSA employee as saying.

Again, these are not the actions of a friendly nation towards one of its allies. The US seems incapable of not abusing its diplomatic facilities to spy on friendly host nations. And if that's the case, Germany should kick them out until they can behave in a civilised manner.