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  •  US "anti-terrorism" efforts further US business (0+ / 0-)

    As the above post accurately states, the US actions "make it clear that espionage against Brazil and Latin America in general is commercial espionage, not obviously related to national security." Since 9/11 everything the US does has been justified by the faux claim that it's all about "anti-terrorism." If that's true, why would there be a need to spy on Brazil so extensively? The land of Samba, beautiful soccer and women, has never, that I'm aware of, been a hotbed of terrorism. Only one reason exists for spying on Brazil (one of the up and coming BRIC nations), so extensively, which is to give American and international corporations an advantage over their competitors -- in this case, those residing in Brazil. Could it be that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is no terrorist threat, or at a minimum, it's nowhere near as serious as we've been lead to believe? And if that's true, the obvious question is -- For what purpose then have we been brainwashed to believe all this violation of rights is necessary? Answer: to help mega-corporations and the mega-rich control and manipulate us all into being obedient consumers.

    •  I agree, but think that the evidence is not yet in (0+ / 0-)

      There's a difference between spying on specific companies so they can profit (what might be called "industrial espionage") and spying more generally for economic reasons, like, say, figuring out exactly how much damage anti-Chavistas wreaked on the oil refining business in order to figure out whether oil prices are likely to climb (which might be called economic espionage or, if applied to specific industries, "commercial espionage"). Neither have to do with the NSA's stated mission, but the former is worse than the latter.

      I've done a new diary here drawing out the issue a little more clearly than I have done here.

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