NSA spying has rippling effects

From the Wall Street Journal:

AT&T Inc.’s ambitions to expand in Europe have run into unexpected hurdles amid the growing outcry across the region over surveillance by the National Security Agency. German and other European officials said any attempt by AT&T to acquire a major wireless operator would face intense scrutiny, given the company’s work with the U.S. agency’s data-collection programs.

This is no different than the problems China would have buying Intel, Microsoft, T-Mobile, or Google. Would you want a country with such a poor record of human rights having the ability to surreptitiously read all your Internet traffic, listen to your phone calls, and even read the snail mail letter you wrote using Microsoft Word?

Guess what. Our country now has a poor record on human rights and is suffering the consequences for it.

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3 thoughts on “NSA spying has rippling effects

  1. I’m less concerned with the Chinese reading my personal correspondence than I am the NSA. At least I’m more unlikely to be visited at 2AM by Chicom JBTs for some perceived malfeasance than I am by some US alphabet agency.

    • Chicom would blackmail you to reveal technical and/or government secrets or to assist in the blackmail of others.

      I suppose that is better than an early morning visit from an US alphabet agency with tall shiny boots. But I prefer neither.

  2. So AT&T can’t buy further into European telephone systems. As Leon Uris reported in Battle Cry, the Russian Marines have a saying that is appropos here: Toughski Shitski.

Comments are closed.