The National Security Administration (NSA) is spying on you. In the recent past, the existence of the NSA was a widely-known secret.
Although the confidentiality of the NSA’s existence has gradually waned, the massive information leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden last summer has put the spotlight on the NSA.
Last week, it was revealed that the NSA has been wiretapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone for the last 10 years.
This came as a shock to Merkel, who initially defended the United States’ surveillance measures when the Snowden information leak became public.
To add to this, there is wide speculation that the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, located directly across the street from the German parliament building, houses sophisticated wireless surveillance equipment.
Merkel is fond of using her Blackberry smartphone that has a Bundesadler German eagle sticker on the back. Merkel does not use her phone for talking, but rather mostly for texting.
She has been known to text her colleagues on the other side of the room during meetings while she is speaking.
History Professor Mark Walker said, “I personally see the NSA espionage affair as the dark side of our Internet age, with multiple and sophisticated options for instantaneous communication and very wide-spread networking … The more powerful our communication options become, the more powerful and extensive our government’s eavesdropping will probably be as well.”
It may have been easy for Chancellor Merkel to take personal offense to the wiretapping, since she was raised under the Iron Curtain of Communist East Germany.
The real issue is the lack of oversight.
President Obama has constantly denied how much information he knew about the spying. This is a repeating theme.
President Obama denied being part of the IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandal, the NSA scandal and the poorly written healthcare law scandal, among others.
This all goes against the grain of President Obama’s now infamous “the buck stops here” tagline.
Where does the buck really stop if our president publicly denies his involvement in his own administration’s actions?