The BND noticed at some point that the
NSA searched for information about the
European defence contractor EADS (now
Airbus Group), the Eurocopter and French
Also, if I was running a huge US hedge fund, that information would be really valuable. Just saying.
- In 1994, Airbus lost a $6 billion contract with Saudi Arabia after the NSA, acting as a whistleblower, reported that Airbus officials had been bribing Saudi officials to secure the contract. As a result, the American aerospace company McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) won the multi-billion dollar contract instead of Airbus.
- The American defense contractor Raytheon won a US$1.3 billion contract with the Government of Brazil to monitor the Amazon rainforest after the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), acting as a whistleblower, reported that Raytheon's French competitor Thomson-Alcatel had been paying bribes to get the contract.
- In order to boost America's position in trade negotiations with the then Japanese Trade Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, in 1995 the CIA eavesdropped on the conversations between Japanese bureaucrats and executives of car manufacturers Toyota and Nissan.
Mark Thomas (Comedy Product) did some interesting TV shows about the arms trade a few years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Thomas
Any large company that pays it's taxes, employs lots of Americans or Brits can benefit from their government helping them out. It's not just guns and tanks - it's the whole system.
We have seen how much one man can carry away from this place without anyone noticing.
Yeah sure, there are __some__ badguys out there but USgov/NSA is milking that fear for all it's worth. You know what would happen if it were dismantled? We'd all find out they weren't needed after all and the campaign of fear was all for profit/power/control; keeping the populace in permanent anxiety and willing to give up all its rights.
>>Besides, it is weaved thusly into the USA regime that in no possible way you can take it down without completely revising how the country operates on a higher scale.
Let's do that; let's completely revise how the country operates. It surely is overdue. You know what else was weaved thusly into USA? Slavery. It took some real sacrifices to undo that, but here I am. A black man not being whipped to pick cotton and enjoying San Francisco tech-scene, feeling a bit guilty of my salary and generally enjoying almost everything a white man enjoys... almost. The country can be changed if enough people care. How to do that when most people are having their spirits broken in a 9-to-5 job they hate, barely making ends meet, education out of reach due to expense, less-than-ideal health and constantly pumped full of fear via evening news.... that's the question I think about daily.