Germany Demands Obama Explain "American-Style Stasi Methods"

Tyler Durden's picture

When even Zee Germans are staring open-mouthed at what they call "American-style Stasi methods" you know things have got a little out of hand. As Reuters reports, German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi. "The more a society monitors, controls and observes its citizens, the less free it is," Merkel's Justice Minister exclaimed, adding, "the suspicion of excessive surveillance of communication is so alarming that it cannot be ignored." While Obama has defended it as a "modest encroachment" on privacy and reassured Americans that no one is listening to their phone calls, the Germans reflect "I thought this era had ended when the DDR fell."


Via Reuters,



German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday, potentially casting a cloud over a visit that was designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech.


Government surveillance is an extremely sensitive topic in Germany, where memories of the dreaded Stasi secret police and its extensive network of informants are still fresh in the minds of many citizens.




"The more a society monitors, controls and observes its citizens, the less free it is," she said.


"The suspicion of excessive surveillance of communication is so alarming that it cannot be ignored. For that reason, openness and clarification by the U.S. administration itself is paramount at this point. All facts must be put on the table."


Markus Ferber, a member of Merkel's Bavarian sister party who sits in the European Parliament, went further, accusing Washington of using "American-style Stasi methods".


"I thought this era had ended when the DDR fell," he said, using the German initials for the failed German Democratic Republic.




Obama has defended it as a "modest encroachment" on privacy and reassured Americans that no one is listening to their phone calls.




Peter Schaar, the German official with responsibility for data privacy, said this was grounds for "massive concern" in Europe.


"The problem is that we Europeans are not protected from what appears to be a very comprehensive surveillance program," he told the Handelsblatt newspaper. "Neither European nor German rules apply here, and American laws only protect Americans."

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RacerX's picture

ah this is where it starts getting interesting.

true brain's picture

"but we learnt it from you." Obama.

Pladizow's picture

Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America

Supernova Born's picture


The Stasi only dreamed of these capabilities.

Pinto Currency's picture


Merkel, the former communist organizer, wants answers.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Pots and kettles clanging loudly against one another.

jbvtme's picture

"the lives of others"...great movie about east germany before the wall fell

knukles's picture

OK... What's the line on mooch going to meet Angie?

Element's picture
    The world is not supposed to rotate in this direction.
Edward Snowden: Russia offers to consider asylum request

knukles's picture

Sure glad all this shits being reported in the British newspapers.  Makes me feel right at home in the Matrix....  Say did you all see Tebow's comments?

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

Don't you love the irony? There's hope that if you're presented with some (vaguely, ish, diluted) honesty, things don't have to be so batshit crazy pants. It's only a theory, so welcome to where the Wild Things Are!


Your MSM loves you being batshitcrazypants; easy to sell you fear remedies.

francis_sawyer's picture

The biggest irony of all is that all this crack reporting is being furnished to you courtesy of Rothschild owned REUTERS...

francis_sawyer's picture

Just reminding everyone that nothing escapes the ever constant eye of Sauron


Only difference is that some are Orcs [who fight for the cause], some are Hobbits & Elves... & there's always a few Smeagols in the crowd too who are willing to LEND you a hand if it means staying close to the Precious...

Greyhat's picture

And Moerkel forgot to tell us, that the German Counselers Office itself and the BND are the housekeepers of the NSA data slurping machinery in Germany. Thats why germany is orange on their map, they get everything they want here. :)

Moerkel just wants to say "do us a pleasure and make shure your ops in Germany dont pop up in the media, we have elections in september"...


NoDebt's picture

Putin is licking his chops.  Get an intelligence asset AND poke the US in the eye at the same time.

Russians play chess.  We play checkers.  (Another ZH member goes a bit further by saying "we eat the checkers," which I thought was a great line, worthy of repeating.)

JimBowie1958's picture

Russians play chess.  We play checkers.

lol, good joke, but no, checkers is not our chess, ie parlor game of choice among adult males.

Poker is. Chess has the same set up everytime, while poker gives you random cards at least some of which are face down and hidden. Chess is purely mental strategy and analysis, poker requires strategy and analysis as well as the ability to think from the perspective of other people and read their cues.

Chess is the parlor game for ideologues who prefer to think in an abstract world of perfect peices and standardized, equal starting points. Poker is real life; unfair, partially hidden and disguised, and you play what you get.

Chess is for egg heads, poker is for people who prefer real world challenges, lol.

TuesdayBen's picture

Au contraire. We Americans prefer slots. Sit on you fat ass for hours. Free drinks. Cheap buffet, all you can stuff down. TV like graphics and thought-numbing noise. And a guaranteed losing proposition.

JimBowie1958's picture

Nah, thats the retired Americans whose memories wont let them play poker any more...them and women.

Jim in MN's picture




Thus passed the once-great Republic, in a puff of Cheerios dust.



Ban KKiller's picture

Yes, a fascist love fest between two criminals who deny in public their ongoing crimes.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Merkel wants answers?

The answer is:  Do the same thing you did when you had to live with the DDR Stasi as you now have with the USSA Stasi. 

Adapt & counter, in your own German way: Low-tech asymmetry eventually beats the demands of hi-tech bandwidth.  :-)

I.e. Be careful what you say to whom, and where.  In the meantime, deluge the system with useless Noise.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Total bullshit coming from a country (germany) that lives in a virtual mental lockdown.

Denying the hollowcost is a crime in Germany.

And they complain about this?

All zis huffing and puffing is just drama.



pods's picture

Ya kind of lose the moral high ground when you will toss someone in jail for asking a question.


CheapBastard's picture

If this were not the "Summer of Recovery" I'd be really depressed.

Oh regional Indian's picture

@pods : precisely.

@ cheap b: germany has been in a perpetual summer of recovery since wwii. no wonder they are depressed.


MeelionDollerBogus's picture

denying a genocide is the same as calling for more genocide. It has NO purpose but to commit a new generation to a new genocide. There have been so many. The only real immorality here is to declare one genocide more important than the others as "the" holocaust.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Funny (strange), but it's not the Germans who are denying the Holocaust.  Only some Americuns (of German descent?) have that 'challenge'.  If ya know what I mean.

Having said that, millions of Christians --even Catholics -- were murdered.  Hitler was 'Catholic'.  Not to mention the 14 million of Russians who died.  To keep things in perspective and our feet on the ground.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

I know who's denying what.

Israel denies Naqba mass graves of Palestinians killed in 1948

Againstthelie's picture

Absurd and funny:

IM Erika (=Merkel's cover name when she was collaborating with the Stasi in the GDR!) is prosecuting every year more than 10.000 peaceful people for political reasons!

The FRG today has mor political prisoners today, than the GDR ever had.

IM Erika is supporting the US Echelon system, knowing, that it intercepts all phone calls and that it's industry espionage creates a damage of more than 20 billion Euros every year!

What a disgusting regime.


ps: for the NSA computers: terror, bomb, Allah, Obama, dead, dirty bomb

pps: fuck you, retarded globalists!

Citxmech's picture

Never saw this coming.  Hats off to the Germans for speaking up.

James-Morrison's picture

Is "Stasi-Style" the sequel to PSY's "Gangnam Style". 

I can't wait to see Obama star in his first Music Video.

Pinto Currency's picture


He's not educated enough to appear in a music video.

macholatte's picture



The really scary part: they've been doing this for years and still make lousy policy decisions.

maskone909's picture

Damn that has a nice ring good job +1

cougar_w's picture

Well some around here (myself included) have observed that TPTB may be throwing O under the bus, the better to get their next patsy lined up for the job in 2016.

If so then I suspect we'll be hearing a lot more about "truth in government" real soon now from the next annointed Fascist leader of the supposedly "free" world.

davinci7_gis's picture

I agree...the president of Chile sat in Obama's Oval Office chair just the other if that wasn't a total "F" you to his face, then I don't know what is!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They were discussing American investments in Chile, no doubt.  Commodities, farmland.

Which the Mormons are buying up 50x faster than Simon Black and his readers.  Rich Mormons buying up poor Catholics.

Pinto Currency's picture


Neocons will bring Rand Paul in to really confuse people.

He is most willing to comply and toe (and tow) the neocon line.

TeMpTeK's picture

"Candidate Obama debates President Obama", starring Barry O...... Don't forget the popcorn.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Bush & Cheney must be ROTF, laughing their asses off.  Carefully Mr. Cheney, your heart-pump might malfunction (operate outside its design parameters).

Dull Care's picture

"Let me be clear, most Americans believe___________________________"(<insert bullshit here)-BHO

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America"...

dont ya'll get it???

he was purposely planted there after 8 years of the other puppet...

that's why he came with that "hope and change" bullshit cause they knew dumb ass americas would fall for it after all the crazy shit the Bush clique did...they're all controlled by the moneychangers.........

fonzannoon's picture

Germany is regretting it did not have excessive surveillance on the vault it's gold was stored in.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

gone, long gone, all gone, the German gold that was in 33 Liberty. Not really there....took a walk

nope-1004's picture

So here's a question to think about:  When the US catches a terrorist BEFORE the planned event and thwarts any action, did anyone consider to ask themselves the simple question "I wonder how they intercepted communications detailing the plot?"

This has been going on for years.  Everything you do on the internet is watched.  No one should be surprised by this.