At least the NSA and CIA don’t use their incredible clout to line the pockets of its corporate friends — right?

Posted: 09/10/2014 in Screwed

One of the reasons that politicians hate Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing so much is that it keeps leaking documents that prove the opposite of what the politicians have been saying.  For example, at first government officials stated unequivocably that US intelligence agencies never engage in economic espionage.  Period.  End of story.  Oh, wait, did we say never?  We meant seldom — no, make that rarely.  Perhaps not too often?  Okay it’s one of the foundations of our ongoing reason for existing.  But what we really meant to say was we don’t do it to provide profit for U. S. corporations.

When former NSA director Keith Alexander was asked if the primary difference between how the United States and China handle worldwide business interests was that the American government doesn’t use intelligence sources to make private citizens rich, Alexander answered, “We do not steal data to help our commercial industries.”  Period. End of story.

James Clapper, currently head of the Office of Director for National Intelligence, went further:  “What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of – or give intelligence we collect to – US companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line.”

Unfortunately for Alexander and Clapper, included in the stuff Snowden leaked was a copy of a secret 2009 report from Clapper’s own office. The report outlines intelligence community plans to acquire proprietary information from companies around the world and assess how such findings would be useful to US industry…financially, that is.

But then you knew they were lying all along, right?  Surely you noticed that famous “tell” all politicians have?  (Their lips were moving.)


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