A stated goal of Al Qaeda is to damage the economy of the US. Al Qaeda must be quite happy at how NSA, by corrupting and compromising US companies, is helping achieve their goal. After all, it is now apparent that software from Microsoft and Apple plus all the social media sites cannot be trusted. Most if not all of them have been in bed with NSA for years, and quite willingly too.
But let’s look at what effect the NSA’s forcing of US companies to corrupt their systems and provide illegal spying capabilities is now doing to America.
The US technology industry is by far the biggest in the world. However, consumers both in the US and especially outside its borders are beginning to realise what Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit meant when he said:
“This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a
strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.”
I thought about these comments when talking with a businessman in Asia yesterday. He said to me:
“Chris, we simply can’t take the risk of our proprietary business intelligence getting into competitors/American businesses hands. We’re looking at moving everything, our hardware, operating systems and we’ve already ditched all Microsoft software. Our business depends on our IP and proprietary information.”