As I recall, about six years ago the candidate for the Democratic Party seeking to be elected president repeatedly promised that he would create a new environment in Washington D.C. that he termed to be transparency. I assume that he meant it was time to end nonsense surveillance and allow Americans a taste of freedom to speak with one another. Alas, that was then, and now is now. Along the way, our beloved National Security Agency spied on our allies in Germany, in Brazil, in France and just about every place else. The German national security agency is known as the BND. Let me explain what happened:
The NSA was spying on German sources.
The BND was working with the NSA and unknown to them while they cooperated with the NSA, the NSA was spying on them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, our key ally did not know the NSA was spying on her.
The BND did not know the NSA who they were aiding were also spying on their Chancellor.
Oh, the USA and Germany in 2002 signed an agreement about not spying on one another.
Such is the “transparency” that President Obama carried out.
And, this man taught Constitutional law!!