Domestic spying is costly. And no, we’re not referring to the untold tens of billions of tax dollars our government spends to intercept and store our confidential electronic and telephonic communications.
America’s efforts to spy on its allies are now costing Americans their jobs …
In the latest ripple effect from the National Security Agency (NSA) spying debacle, the government of Brazil has decided against purchasing $4.5 billion worth of American-made Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets – instead ordering three dozen new Gripen NG fighters from Sweden’s Saab AB.
“Aside from the cost of the jets themselves, the agreement is expected to generate billions of additional dollars in future supply and service contracts,” Reuters reports.
Why did Brazil ditch Boeing in favor of Saab?
“The NSA problem ruined it for the Americans,” a Brazilian government source told Reuters.
Meanwhile an American source told the wire service the value of any intelligence obtained was “unlikely to outweigh the commercial cost of the revelations.”
Say it with us, everybody … “U.S.A.!!!!! U.S.A.!!!!!”