NSA and Big Tech collaboration now hurting US tech companies


Well done, NSA! Your endless (and illegal) surveillance is damaging credibility and profits of US tech companies. NSA snooping has confirmed the worst fears of the populace about the intentions of their government. The political damage to the US government is huge and worldwide. US tech companies were and are obedient, compliant lapdogs for NSA, cheerfully working with them to insure software sold to us was broken and compromised. Hey, there was big money and juicy government contracts to be had and all tech had to do was sell out the American public, something they happily did for years.

Big tech began their faux outrage at NSA only after the Snowden revelations and have done nothing substantive to fight against such outrages. Thus, they have poisoned their own wells and now have to live with the consequences of their own callous irresponsibility, craven behavior, and possible criminality.

Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have reported declines in business in China since the NSA surveillance program was exposed. The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation estimates the NSA imbroglio will cost U.S. businesses $22 billion through 2016. Forrester Research pegs potential losses at $180 billion, which includes tech firms and managed service providers.