A very serious problem is lurking behind the entire NSA affair. Are they giving information to their “partners” who have been feeding them private and personal information crossing the line into Industrial Espionage? Reports are surfacing that the NSA has been spying on the Brazilian oil company Petrobras, and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is making the allegation. This is not the first time that the NSA is being accused of sharing information with industrial firms.
It is clear, when the CIA wanted us to develop our models for them following our computer forecast that called for the collapse of Russian financial system in 1998 that led to the Long-Term Capital Management debacle, they fully appreciated that what we were able to do in their mind had national security implications. If we could accurately map an economy, then the rise and fall of nations would be very important. However, they also saw the development of industry sectors and how that would also impact the geopolitical future.
It has been shown that the NSA did provide info to banks that cooperated with it. Now if it is established that they are engaging also in industrial espionage, this is far beyond the terrorist excuse for their security justification. The NSA already shares information gathered for so-called terrorism for criminal prosecutions. They will be using this power to go after taxes as well, especially after the G20 agreement to hunt down wealth internationally.