"The U.S. can take another step to build necessary bridges with its allies. America already is part of the decades-old 'Five Eyes' pact with Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, agreeing to share intelligence and not to spy on each other. The U.S. should accede to recent requests from Germany and France to join the group," R. James Woolsey writes in the Wall Street Journal.
"The German press has worked itself into a state of self-righteous hysteria; the German foreign minister is talking about severing alliances and suspending trade discussions. There is an element of post-Gestapo, post-Stasi historical memory at work in Berlin, as well as joy in the revival of anti-American rhetoric that hasn't been heard in this city in years," Anne Applebaum writes in the Washington Post.
"[W]hatever our differences may have been in the past, we strongly agree that the dragnet collection of millions of Americans' phone records every day—whether they have any connection at all to terrorism—goes far beyond what Congress envisioned or intended to authorize. More important, we agree it must stop," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) write in Politico.