This quote relates to a very controversial and sensitive subject during this day and age. The "big brother" surveillance that leaves many citizens all over the world in paranoia seems to be affecting our relationship with global Allies. Germany, Europe's strongest economic country at the moment, is a key player with whom the US needs to maintain close ties. This won't be possible if there is a lack of trust like this quote reflects. Of course, national security is the number one priority for our government. We need to feel safe, and sometimes that involves gathering information about the activity of other major countries. As far as tapping cell phones -- I feel that this is acceptable only if there is good reason. There isn't enough information here to understand why we've been led to monitor Merkel's calls, but the reasoning behind it should be carefully communicated to Germany so as to not burn bridges with this valuable ally.