US lawmakers: Add Berlin to ‘Five Eyes’

The US desires to add Germany to the Five Eyes Club, while it has spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Congressmen want the US government to add Germany to the list of its four other spying allies, making Berlin a sixth eye in the Five Eyes club.

The club is comprised of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain. The five English-speaking countries have been sharing intelligence for decades.

Republicans Tim Ryan and Charles Dent wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, dated November 6, and demanded the president “essentially enters into negotiations to strike an agreement extending the Five Eyes Intelligence Pact and include Germany”.

Dent said it would be a good sign of friendship should Obama ask for Germany membership in the pact.

“Things like surveilling or spying on leaders of each other’s countries would not be allowed,” the Pennsylvania politician said, noting “but it would just further extend an already strong relationship.”

Even some Democrats have the same opinion, as Massachusetts Representative William Keating has said, “I think it’s something that would be beneficial”.

“I think it would be helpful to be joined with other countries in taking the same kind of approach so that we would know which countries would want to include themselves in the same type of policies,” Keating said.

US lawmakers�™ proposal for including Germany in the Five Eyes club comes as it was revealed last month that Washington has spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to a report by German magazine Der Spiegel published on October 26, Merkel�™s cellphone had been listed by the National Security Agency�™s Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002, and that her cellphone number was still listed in June 2013.

Reports also revealed Washington used the US Embassy in Berlin as a base for surveillance operations.


Source: Press TV