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United States In Hot Water Over Alleged NSA Spying Practices

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The United States is in hot water with international officials over the alleged National Security Agency's spying practices.

The US Ambassador to spain was summoned to the foreign ministry in Madrid Monday morning to answer new eavesdropping allegations.

A European delegation is in Washington Monday to meet with lawmakers and Obama Administration officials and get assurances the U.S. will stop eavesdropping on close allies.

The White House says all spying tactics are under review, but CBS This Morning Senior Correspondent John Miller says surveillance is a two-way street.

"What the U.S. is being accused of here, if any of those countries could have done it, for the most part, they do-do it."

The U.S. has an agreement not to spy on Great Britain, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, but that does not extend to Germany or France.

A German Newspaper is reporting that the NSA listened to Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls as far back as 2002. While the White House did not deny the charge, President Obama told the Chancellor it is not happening now and will not happen again.

In Madrid Monday, the US Ambassador to Spain was summoned to answer new allegations of American spying. A prominent newspaper is accusing the NSA of tracking 60 million phone calls in just one month, based on a document former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked. In a statement the Foreign Ministry said "if true, the action was unacceptable behavior by an ally."

Some US lawmakers are defending spying practices.

They argue places like France are safer because of the NSA's surveillance.

Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers commented on the accusations, defending the over-sight structure that the US has in place.

"We have to get court orders for certain activities, for phone collection and other things...so you have all of this levels of oversight...a big group of people deciding if what we should do is right or wrong."


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