King Urges Obama To Stop Apologizing For Nsa Phone Tapping

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“I think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,” King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives — not just in the United States, but also in France and Germany and throughout Europe.”The surveillance programs are again in the news following reports that the NSA monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone and millions of phone calls in France. King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, suggested France and Germany shouldn’t act so indignant about NSA surveillance in their countries. “And the French are someone to talk. The fact is, they’ve carried out spying operations against the United States — both the government and industry,” King said. “As far as Germany, that’s where the Hamburg Plot began, which led to 9/11. They’ve had dealings with Iran and Iraq, North Korea — the French and the Germans, other European countries.” Aaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the papers Post Politics and The Fix blogs.

Speaking on CNNs State of the Union program, Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the bigger news story would be if the United States intelligence services werent trying to collect information that would protect U.S. interests both home and abroad. We should collect information thats helpful to the United States interests, Rogers said. The Michigan lawmaker also said that recent friction with Saudi Arabia has been developing over the last two years. He cited what he said was a U.S. decision two years ago to stay away from the Syrian conflict and the recent quick rush to the sweet talk from Iran on that countrys nuclear program. Faith Rattled Those are critical issues to the Saudis, to the Qataris, to the Jordanians, to others in the Arab League that I think rattled their faith in the administrations ability to protect them in a very dangerous world, Rogers said. Saudi Arabia refused to accept the membership of the United Nations Security Council it won earlier this month, citing issues including Syrias civil war that it said show the world body is incapable of resolving conflicts.

The Economic Times writes the high-ranking NSA official spoke to Bild am Sonntag on the condition of anonymity, saying the president, not only did not stop the operation, but he also ordered it to continue. The Economic Times also reports the official told Bild am Sonntag that Obama did not trust Merkel, wanted to know everything about her, and thus ordered the NSA to prepare a dossier on the politician. The account could mean difficulties for the White House, given another report claiming Obama told Merkel during a telephone conversation last Wednesday he was not aware of the NSAs spying. The Economic Times cited Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung in writing that when Merkel called Obama last week to alternately complain — and get an explanation — about the NSA surveillance, the president assured her he wasnt aware of the campaign regarding her, and would have halted it, had he known. According to The New York Times, Susan E. Rice, the presidents national security adviser, insisted that Obama did not know about the monitoring of Merkels phone, during a call last week with Christoph Heusgen, Rices German counterpart.

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