In the previous texts about the global spying by the NSA, I was sort of neutral but times are changing.
Spiegel and Bild claim to have the testimony of an anonymous NSA official who claims that Angela Merkel's phone was not only eavesdropped between 2002 and 2013 but in 2010, Barack Obama explicitly requested the continuation of the program because "he didn't believe her". The U.S. embassy in Berlin – a building near the Brandenburger Gate – was used to collect the information.
I am confident that there hasn't been any evidence that Merkel has been involved in terrorist attacks etc. and spying on politicians who are not suspect at all is illegal according to the laws of civilized countries like those in the Western Europe. Spying on politicians who are publicly presented as best friends – and whom you kiss all the time – is deeply immoral, too.
Barack Obama – and others directly involved, perhaps going back to 2002 – should probably be captured and placed in a jail for a few years or decades. At least, we must praise Obama for consistency: he is only lying on days that end with a letter "Y". ;-)
It's sort of painful for the U.S. voters to have elected such a smiling beast pretending to be a friend and hurting everyone behind the scenes. It's equally painful for the Nobel Peace Prize committee to have awarded this individual with a Nobel Peace Prize. But it's their problem. None of these things should be enough to protect a criminal from a punishment he deserves. If Obama were placed in a German jail, his voters would probably look like clowns but that's OK because they *are* clowns. ;-)
In 2002, it was shortly after 9/11 and I can imagine that there was a "surge" whose justification boiled down to terrorism at the end. This is the only justification we're hearing these days, too. However, it's totally obvious that none of these justifications was legitimate as an excuse to keep on spying on Merkel in 2010.
Obama has looked moderate to me at many points in the past but it could have been just an illusion, an artifact of his carefully fabricated image. Now it seems that he has some characteristic totalitarian instincts of a person who isn't afraid of spying on the leader of Europe's most important country, who probably isn't afraid to kill inconvenient people, and even to introduce new taxes and mandatory health insurance. Obama's psychology is something we know from the godfathers of communism.
I personally think it is an extremely bad idea to promote this diplomatic conflict to a conflict between countries and continents. This has been just a defect of a few rotten apples. All sensible Europeans and Americans should agree that these procedures shouldn't be taking place in civilized countries, against leaders of peaceful democratic countries. Every sensible European and American should agree that nothing too bad has apparently happened, except for the loss of confidence in several leaders and officials, and that the confidence may be restored once changes are made that will nearly guarantee that those things won't be repeated.
There is no sufficiently rational reason to abolish the negotiations about the EU-US free trade pact. People in both continents should view this scandal as nothing else than a violation of the law by several people inside the Western civilization – a shared problem that almost everyone in the West would evaluate pretty much equally. The victim could have been the Texas governor rather than the German chancellor, too. The organizers of the spying could have been bosses of the SPD, too. We shouldn't think that the actual situation was qualitatively different just because Merkel isn't a U.S. citizen or because Obama isn't a German citizen.