Posts filed under “War/Defense”

Is Surveillance Damaging the American Economy?

Security Expert: “Buy American Doesn’t Sell Well Anymore Because It Means Give A Copy To The NSA”


We’ve previously noted that mass surveillance is killing American tech companies.

And Cisco just blamed its earnings slump on China’s disdain for NSA spying.

Security expert Bruce Schneier succinctly summed up the destruction of the American economy by the NSA’s surveillance yesterday:

Buy American doesn’t sell well anymore because it means give a copy to the NSA.

This is part of a bigger picture … the military-industrial complex (of which the NSA is a part) is killing the private sector economy. And see this.

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Military Waste and Fraud Are the Main Cause of Our Problems

Military Waste and Fraud Continue In the Middle of the Government Shutdown   Regular readers know that the government shutdown is caused by bad policies supported by both parties, including out-of-control military boondoggles. We wouldn’t be in this crisis of hitting the debt ceiling in the first place if we hadn’t spent so much money…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Government Caught Lying About Spying Again

Government Lies About Spying Again and Again … Here’s What’s REALLY Going On Government Officials Fail Honesty Standards of 12 Year Olds Government leaders have been caught in lie after lie about spying … but keep on spouting new lies: The heads of the intelligence services have repeatedly been caught lying about spying … again…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Government Shutdown Caused By Bad Policy By Both Parties

The Real Cause of the Crisis: Forget Partisan Rhetoric … The Threatened Government Shutdown Is Caused By Bad Policy By BOTH PARTIES Preface: Remember what the Founding Fathers said about partisan soap operas. While partisans focus on specific things the other side is doing – “Obamacare” and the “debt ceiling” are the buzzwords of the…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

Government Blurs the Lines Between Bad Guys and Average Americans

Does the Government Only Label Bad Guys As Terrorists?   Preface: Whether you believe this is a conspiracy by the government – or just over-reaction, incompetence or cronyism – the end result is idiotic … and counter-productive. Former NSA boss Michael Hayden compared privacy advocates to terrorists: “If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden,…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Time to Tame the NSA

Word: “We have learned that in pursuit of its bureaucratic mission to obtain signals intelligence in a pervasively networked world, the NSA has mounted a systematic campaign against the foundations of American power: constitutional checks and balances, technological leadership, and market entrepreneurship. The NSA scandal is no longer about privacy, or a particular violation of…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Welcome to the Security State, America

Source: NYT     Here’s the details: “Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with…Read More

Category: War/Defense

New NSA Revelations Are Breaking Every Day

Spy Agencies Are Doing WHAT? Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it’s time for an updated roundup: The government is spying on essentially everything we do. It is not just “metadata” … although that is enough to destroy your privacy The government has adopted a secret interpretation of…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

Take a Peek at How Widespread Spying Has Become

The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones, Cars, Buses, Streetlights, At Airports And On The Street, Via Mobile Scanners And Drones, Through Our Smart Meters, And In Many Other Ways   Even now – after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers – spying apologists say that the reports…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

Is the Market Rallying on Syria or Summers?

There is a certain school of thought — and I use that word loosely — that seemingly tries to tie each twitch of the market, every noisy jag up or down — to some broader issue. Partisan politics, economics, technology, and of course, presidential elections becomes fodder for this school of thought rationalization. Flip on…Read More

Category: Cognitive Foibles, Current Affairs, Markets, War/Defense