Originally posted by an0nThinker
reply to post by dominicus
Nope nothing is going to be done, when far worst things have come and passed. The Europeans however might not be so kind. They might downgrade some
diplomatic relations or intelligence sharing, but that would be the extent of their anger..
You're forgetting the impact this has on American business too.
Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple... these are all major US corporations, and billions of people around the world are waking up to the fact
that America (and Britain) cannot be trusted, therefore our business systems cannot be trusted either.
Considering the UK and US are the financial hubs of the world, how many of those financial institutions will be entirely comfortable now working in
these cities? How many of them will be happy to sign a contract with Dell, Microsoft or Apple now that they know their private business practices can
be watched by the NSA?
Businesses will start to move away from American companies because of this. Contracts that could have gone to any of those American companies will
likely be reconsidered, and if an alternative can be found in their own countries, they could choose that instead. If you were a branch of German
government, would you be contracting anything out to any of these American corporations after this? Nope, I don't think so.
MP's in Russia have already gone on record demanding that their government create or encourage national competitors for global American corporations
- something that should have been done a long time ago. New systems will be put in place to monitor and scrutinize all tech used, from mobile phone
networks to internal computer networks. This could lead to further scandals in the future as more and more tech is analyzed and more complicit
companies are brought to light. How did they get these systems in place? Some hardware was needed in at least some of these instances, and that
requires someone with access to those systems.
Governments around the world will already be looking into new ways to encrypt all their information against the NSA and GCHQ in response to these
It could hamper diplomatic relations, and increase the costs of such efforts too, with government officials no longer able to trust their surroundings
in the US and elsewhere, choosing instead to install shielded locations where face to face conversations can take place instead.
This could cause a devolution of diplomatic staff around the world, all constantly fearful of communicating by phone, email or even through supposedly
secure systems, they could revert to a slow and painful process rather than risk something being picked up by the NSA.
It could also lead to governments creating more smokescreens and false intelligence to throw the NSA off their actual intentions. For instance, a wise
government might create a secure system, but maintain a false one, feeding the NSA completely fictitious information in an effort to confuse them or
even to get revenge.
If anyone here wants to be guaranteed a good income in Europe in the next ten years, you would be wise to go into the field of anti-espionage tech,
encryption systems, secure data and the like. There is about to be a growing market for defense against this all around the world for the foreseeable