Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Dec 2013 15:49 UTC
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The German newspaper Der Spiegel has unveiled a whole bunch of stuff about the NSA and its tools that defy belief. Their tools and actions go way beyond what we already knew; we're not just talking passive information gathering through cables and such, but way, way more.

For instance, the NSA can divert shipments of purchased computers and equipment to their own secret workshops, where malware and spying hardware is added to these products before they are then shipped onward to the buyers. They also intercept Windows crash reports as they are sent from users' computers to Microsoft's servers. Worse yet, they can reportedly add special hardware to drones that can wirelessly infect computers from up to 8 kilometres away.

We've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.

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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Mon 30th Dec 2013 18:16 UTC
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2005-07-12

We've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.


Sadly, it's not corruption or lack of effective democracy within the government that is preventing heads from rolling, it's the fact that a (slight) majority of Americans approve of the spying.

Since the objections to spying aren't split down party lines, either among the population or within Congress, the news agencies have been paying to things that are split evenly down party lines, namely the ACA website. It makes for better ratings.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by acobar on Mon 30th Dec 2013 21:39 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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2005-11-15

The problem USA has to confront before all this mess is sorted is twofold. There is the loss of trust and, as consequence, there is the loss of business.

Internally, there will be a battle to regain the public opinion confidence on a central government and a fight to restore the power balance these actions shifted. This will be the "easy" part.

Externally, the situation is worrisome. Old partners will just start to look elsewhere or will try to build things themselves. For what I read, it already started. IBM had a way lower than expected contracts on China and some others countries on Asia, same happened with Cisco. There is also all the ISP contracts to be lost. What this scenario brings? International competitors will have a hook to grow, what may make the whole thing worst.

The economical factor, in the end, will be what will propel USA to find a way to appease its friends, provided it is not too late, what, I suspect, already is.

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