We all know by now that the National Security Agency spies on Americans by recording their phone calls and reading their emails. And we all probably assumed that a lot of money was being spent to accomplish that, including man-hours for those assigned to listen, read and occasionally recommend actions.
Now it’s been revealed that in addition to those man-hours, the agency has been paying millions of dollars to technology companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook to tap into their networks and get them to help with the dirty work.
Do we even have to discuss where the money comes from to pay NSA officials and the technology companies? Of course not. It comes from you and me and every other taxpayer whose money is being shamelessly wasted on the needless surveillance of law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine how much lower our tax bills would be if the government didn’t waste billions and billions of dollars every year?
The technology companies tell us that they don’t have any choice in this spying. A Microsoft spokesperson said that the company only complies with NSA requests because it is legally required to do so. That’s funny because I don’t often hear them complaining about it.
Why aren’t theses companies filing lawsuits against the government in order to protect the privacy of their customers? That’s an easy one to answer. It’s all about money. They’re getting paid to help the government spy on us.
How do you like the fact that some of your tax dollars are being used by the government to pay companies that are helping them spy on you? Do you think that’s a good usage of your money, or could you think of better ways for it to be spent. I’d love to hear from you about this.