Merkel Likened NSA to the Stasi
Via the Guardian: Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama
In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.
Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: "This is like the Stasi."
Hyperbole? Perhaps. Still, the basic comparison holds: the state indiscriminately using its authority to invade the privacy of innocent individuals in the name of security.