Any Ban on NSA Spying Won't Stick

The U.S. has a long history of imposing unilateral restrictions on its intelligence community, only to later weaken or reverse those restrictions. 

President Barack Obama's administration is considering a ban on monitoring the communications of allied heads of state, following reports that the National Security Agency tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for 10 years. That's a fine idea, except that recent history suggests it won't last.

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