When German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Berlin in 2008, she could not have imagined that she was blessing the workplace for the largest and most effective gaggle of American spies anywhere outside of the U.S. It seems straight out of a grade-B movie, writes Judge Andrew Napolitano, but the NSA has been listening to and recording Merkel's cellphone calls, including her conversations with President George W. Bush and President Obama. Thus, the NSA -- which Bush and Obama have unlawfully and unconstitutionally authorized -- has been listening to the telephone calls of both American presidents whenever they have spoken with the chancellor.
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