Sunday, October 27, 2013

Germany's Confidence in America is Declining

Since learning that the United States National Security Agency monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, Germany's interior minister has declared that their confidence in their American allied nation is shaken. He also stated "If the Americans intercepted cell phones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," and that he wants to know what information the U.S. has. In response, Obama said he too only just found out about this information network and would have stopped them if only he had known. Also, our government has told them that they are only going by the same standard that other nations use to monitor other nations.

Many European nations and citizens have yet to accept or deny the American explanations. I personally think that other nations knew that they were being monitored; I think too that there was a reason for monitoring Germany since we once had to fight against them. Perhaps, they also monitored us and everyone is just reacting with the public's expectations, after all these are all shocking revelations that also mean that civilians are monitored as well. Consider this-the chancellor was monitored for ten years even before she was put in her current post.These may seem like conjectures but I think it's a possible explanation for the politics involved with this scandal. I'm also torn about saying what they did was right or wrong.

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