In the days before his arrival Ms Merkel is under pressure even from partners

In the days before his arrival ms merkel is under

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In the days before his arrival, Ms. Merkel is under pressure even from partners in her coalition government to hand over a list of thousands of search terms and other “selectors” the N.S.A. is said to have given to German intelligence officials to conduct electronic monitoring . Gerhard Schindler, president of Germany ’s foreign intelligence service, known as the BND, conceded before a parliamentary committee on Thursday night that oversight of his agency had been “insufficient .” But he defended Germany’s cooperation with the United States, insisting in an opening statement that “we need them more than they need us.” As for allegations that Germany helped spy on its neighboring countries, he implied that it sometimes occurred, arguing that if it was done in Germany’s national interests, it did not violate German law. American officials have declined to discuss the latest allegations , other than to provide assurances that the work the N.S.A. asked Germany to do did not violate the American ban on industrial espionage. The officials would not confirm whether conversations or emails at the companies had been intercepted, but they have hinted at a pressing national security issue, perhaps counterespionage investigations, at a time when Russian and Chinese hackers and other spies are seeking defense technologies. In conversations between Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, and the head of Ms. Merkel’s office, Peter Altmaier, the Obama administration has indicated that the information is secret for a reason. Parliamentary committees are unlikely to see a list of selectors . Other information they received, including emails between German officials and their National Security Council counterparts in the White House from 2013, was leaked to the German news media. Moreover, American officials , eager to put the Snowden revelations behind them after two years, said that helping Ms. Merkel by producing a list of spying targets could create a perilous precedent for other countries to make similar demands. Specifically – Unregulated spying collapses warming agreements Copenhagen proves – failure makes 9 degree warming inevitable Cole 14 – Professor @ U of Michigan (Juan, “Obama as Unreliable Narrator on Climate Action: from SOTU to NSA spying at Copenhagen,” 1-30, ? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+juancole%2Fymbn+(Informed+Comment)) When President Obama looked us in the eye and said that the US is not engaged in electronic surveillance for economic reasons, but only for the sake of security and anti-terrorism, he was lying through his teeth. He should be careful . His approval ratings have tanked in some large part because he has lost those who care about the 4th amendment and personal privacy. Reagan also became unpopular with Iran-Contra, when it became clear that he was lying to us what weapons he sold to Iran and what he did with the black money.¶ Lying is not fatal to a political career, but
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