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Obama May Or May Not Have Tapped Angela Merkel's Cell Phone

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In a stunning claim, Germany's Der Speigel reports that the US targeted Angela Merkel's private mobile phone for years...

  • *MERKEL TOLD OBAMA TAPPING WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE, SEIBERT SAYS
  • *MERKEL COMPLAINED TO OBAMA ABOUT PHONE SURVEILLANCE: SPIEGEL
  • *MERKEL DEMANDS FULL EXPLANATION FROM OBAMA, SPIEGEL SAYS

So Obama promptly complied:

  • *OBAMA TOLD MERKEL U.S. NOT TAPPING HER PHONE, SPIEGEL SAYS

We await Snowden and Greenwald's clarification...

 

Carney is now denying it all in the WH press conference:

  • *CARNEY SAYS OBAMA, MERKEL SPOKE ABOUT NSA ALLEGATIONS TODAY
  • *CARNEY SAYS OBAMA ASSURED MERKEL HER PHONE NOT MONITORED
  • *CARNEY SAYS MERKEL, OBAMA AGREED TO INTENSIFY COOPERATION
  • *CARNEY: NOT MONITORING, WILL NOT MONITOR MERKEL COMMUNICATIONS

 

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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:46 | 4083289 jubber
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Surely he has no choice but to resign if this is true, no?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:51 | 4083308 john39
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apparently banker puppets don't trust each other... or, their masters don't trust their own puppets.  such is the nature of evil.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:53 | 4083323 redpill
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Obviously just another scandal invented by the Koch Brothers

 

/obamazombies

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:58 | 4083327 hedgeless_horseman
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Stupid Angela.  Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:59 | 4083351 tsx500
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bah !     just another 'phony scandal' , right Barry ?  FORWARD !!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:07 | 4083388 hedgeless_horseman
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Look vat zee nice Amerikan gave me!

Can you hear me, now, Barry?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:07 | 4083400 tsx500
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"You didn't tap that !"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:11 | 4083420 Boris Alatovkrap
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On brighter side, Amerika little boy king is infinite source of wry humorous material.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:27 | 4083484 hedgeless_horseman
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Poor Angela forgot how zee Gestapo verks? 

Zee olden vayz are zee only gute vayz, Jah!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:28 | 4083520 SilverIsKing
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How does she not use a burner phone?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:32 | 4083541 CClarity
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Pretty funny joke making the rounds - Merkel has been "snapchatting" with the NSA.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:04 | 4083690 fockewulf190
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  When it becomes serious, you have to lie!"

Barack Obama

 

(adopted quote as his own from his buddy Jean-Claude Junker)

 


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:28 | 4083784 DeadFred
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I wonder in what mythical universe people expected Obama to say "Sure, we tapped your phone, sorry"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:37 | 4084020 Chupacabra-322
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Like I've mentioned before. All their Criminality is out in the open for all the world to see. It's no longer "hidden in plain view." Complete Hubris, Bravado & Meglomania.

Thing is, no one is doing anything about it. Apathy, Psyche Warfare & conditioning the masses for consumption is the order of the day.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:48 | 4084076 Anusocracy
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Silly people.

The Israelis were tapping her phone.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:30 | 4084211 Greyhat
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Would be funny in that alternative Universe! :)

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:32 | 4083548 tmosley
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She does.  The problem is that ALL cellphones are tapped.

I don't think I know of any precedent in history for a nation losing allies this fast.  I think this is "it".  

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:35 | 4083567 BudFox2012
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Amazing isn't it?  Almost seems like it is planned...

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:51 | 4083636 ParkAveFlasher
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The key to hyperinflating a currency is isolation.  The key to isolation is the creation of choke points in trade & finance.  The key to creating choke points in trade & finance is the herding of import/export partners and pressuring alternative trade streams until they falter.  The key to pressuring alternative trade streams is exacerbation of political relationships.  etc.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:51 | 4083881 Vagabond
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There would be far more media cover up if this was not planned.  The first question is "What are we being prepped for"?  The answer seems obvious... the end of the empire.  The follow up questions are: 1) how will this play out, 2) what's the timeline, 3) what's next?  

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:33 | 4083553 ACP
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Awww, give poor Obozo a break...they weren't listening, they were only recording...

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:40 | 4083589 SDShack
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Yeah, 0zer0 uses the same word games for spying on everyone. "We weren't listening, only recording". He has taken "it depends on what your definition of 'is' is" to a whole new level. We are so fucked.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:59 | 4083666 replaceme
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That's exactly what Big Brother did in 1984 - the mirror was there, always, but big brother was not always watching.  Just the threat that he could be watching, that's the real control. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:36 | 4083564 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Speaking of that in the you can't make it up department. I was a reading a story about everyone's favorite group around here the jooos that they use endangered species of local birds trained to carry messages and little spy cameras like pigeons to keep the Palistinians and other groups from shooting them out of the air since the environmental groups complain about the birds being killed afterwards when they do. The government then goes after them as poachers after the fact.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:27 | 4083986 max2205
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When does the summons arrive to appear in World Court Tribunals?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:49 | 4083631 eatthebanksters
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Acording to Berlusconi Merkel is unfuckable....

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:09 | 4083409 Boris Alatovkrap
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Vas ist das!?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:08 | 4083942 unrulian
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if someone tapped my ph and kept my gold....i'd be pretty pissed

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:51 | 4085027 stant
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obama phone indeed!!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:06 | 4083396 Pladizow
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Looks like Merkel needs to dust off her Enigma Machine!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:59 | 4083355 Pladizow
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Obummer is a cancer on America's history!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:08 | 4083941 Bastiat
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MICC is a cancer on America's citizens. (The extra "C" is for Conressional," as Eisenhower originally expressed it).

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:00 | 4083356 Boris Alatovkrap
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Chocolate ration is increase 5g per day to 20g per week.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:05 | 4083394 Ying-Yang
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Does this make Obomber a phone voyeur?

Michelle should be concerned with her hubby's heavy breathing while listening in?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:43 | 4083598 SDShack
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I first misread the headline and though it said "0zer0 Tapped Merkel"... I was expecting the article to have a retort from Reggie.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:22 | 4083756 Crime of the Century
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"Sell Irish banks..."

/retort from Reggie

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 19:45 | 4084566 StychoKiller
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Big Brotha, what's not to love?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:43 | 4083841 Kirk2NCC1701
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"Angela ist ein Ossie."  She knows all about Stasi methods, and how to counter them:  Private, face-to-face, or courier.

"Ein Spaziergang in den Bergen, Frau Kanzlerin?"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:06 | 4083337 Boris Alatovkrap
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Remind Boris of humorous joke...

Small child ask Obama, "Daddy is say you are snoop our private family information" and Obama is answer, "That is not you real dad."

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:22 | 4083487 bonin006
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 20:04 | 4084622 Boris Alatovkrap
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Wow! You are so fast to make cartoon of Boris' humorous joke!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:02 | 4083376 U4 eee aaa
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keeping each one doing a specific job and ignorant of what all the others do helps with plausible deniability when things break down. The puppets are on a need to know basis. They only need to know what the hand up their sock is directing them to do

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 19:48 | 4084571 StychoKiller
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Where's your Bro, Maadnezz?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:07 | 4083404 ziggy59
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Obama: NSA really means, "Noone's Spyin' on Anyone"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:00 | 4083354 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  resign if this is true, no?

No.  Plausible deniability.   Who said that?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:02 | 4083377 Boris Alatovkrap
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Outrage is muted by compliant servitude of masses.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:02 | 4083379 Groundhog Day
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So let's see, the NSA has the ability to spy on anyone in the world, and they are going to spy on local joe six packs or the key players of the world in politics and business?  hhmmm let me think?  yea they'll spy on joe six pack to make sure he isn't plotting anything serious on sunday during football

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:30 | 4083531 hidingfromhelis
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Semantics, semantics.  You can be sure that if Joe Six Pack ever becomes even an infinitesmal incovenience to someone connected, that the information that was gathered and stored will be available to make his life a living hell.  Prominent politicians may be targeted in surveillance, but everybody's information is being collected and archived.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:51 | 4083890 Boris Alatovkrap
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Critical component of NSA program PRISM is gather ALL intelligence from whatsoever source. This is key of subjugation of citizenry, to know everything about everyone. Are you think DDR Stasi is not collect all data? Of course, citizenry in fear is central premise of grand plan. So NSA is gather all data, both meta and primary, index it and store it. NSA director and fully pliable political puppet is claim, "if you are not guilty of crime, you are no worry"

... until you are

And then is too late, because massive regulatory apparatus is make EVERYONE guilty of crime against state, so if you are make murmur against State, you are shut up by whatever information NSA is produce... ... because is already collect, index, store, and can now to be search.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 19:49 | 4084575 StychoKiller
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Even if they got nothing, they could just make stuff up also!

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