Congressmen Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Tim Ryan (OH-13), co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, sent a joint letter to President Obama today questioning the decision made to surveil the telephone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The representatives made it clear that they viewed the alleged surveillance of the German leader’s phone conversation as a serious error in judgment – one which needs to be rectified.
“We have built an incredibly important and beneficial relationship with the people of Germany since the end of the Second World War,” said Congressman Dent. “We must not jeopardize that vital relationship through the continuation of an outdated intelligence strategy,” concluded Dent.
Dent and Ryan propose in the letter that President Obama extend Germany an offer of membership in the Five Eyes pact. The Five Eyes pact is a long-standing intelligence gathering and sharing arrangement convened between the United States Government and the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
The letter expresses their deep appreciation and respect for the efforts of American Intelligence professionals. However it also notes that resources are at a premium and that the inclusion of Germany into the tightly-bound Five Eyes intelligence network could lead to greater collaboration, efficiency and sharing of information vital to the well-being of the United States and our allies.
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