This result from Cisco is the first quantifiable impact I’ve seen of the NSA revelations.
Originally shared by Thomas Baekdal
Cisco to NSA: F*ck you!
If you still wonder about how much damage the NSA is causing to the United States, not only as the advocate of freedom and human rights but also to US-based businesses, … this should tell you:
Today, Cisco came out with their quarterly financial report. They expected to grow, but because of NSA’s actions they experienced a dramatic drop:
“Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world.”
“Analysts had expected Cisco’s business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading.”
“Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%.”
“Cisco chief executive John Chambers said on the company’s earnings call that he believes other American technology companies will be similarly affected”
How is that for national security?
I just hope it won’t affect Cisco’s employees… because people just love losing their job.
This follows how, yesterday, Google absolutely hammered NSA for their damaging behavior: http://goo.gl/T8HP8g
And on top of this, the NSA is hurting the internet itself. For years, the internet has become more global. People were starting to think of themselves as part of global community. We no longer distinguished between where people lived, only how they acted.
But because of NSA, we have been thrown back to the old version of the internet. And people are now starting to discuss the ‘balkanization of the internet’, in which the internet is divided up into country specific zones.
In other words. The NSA is not only hurting US national security and national interests, but they are also the greatest threat to our common global community.
Through their actions, they are forcing our world apart, when we should come together.
NSA, you have caused more harm to the US than any terrorist could ever hope to achieve.
And people wonder why I want a small government.
You have the NLRB suing Boeing for punishing union employees by opening a new plant in another (“non-union”) state, even though not a single one of them lost a job. They invented the idea that putting an additional plant in another state “punished” people who had not yet been hired. And the suit was filed after the new plant opened, threatening thousands of actual jobs.
You have the CPSC suing a founder of a corporation — him personally — after the CPSC essentially killed his business, for tens of millions of dollars, to recall a product that isn’t illegal (BuckyBalls). Whether you agree with the limited liability offered by corporate status or not, there’s no justification for suing the individual, even if there were justification for forcing a recall of a legal product.
You have the feds seizing wood from Gibson Guitars because it presumably violated Indian law by importing the wood … even though India said no laws were violated. The federal government was claiming to be enforcing the laws of another nation that the other nation says were not being violated.
And on and on and on. The government has the legal authority to do NONE of these things.
And, of course, the NSA. Maybe some of what they are doing is justifiable under the law, but most of it likely isn’t, and certainly most of the people aren’t in favor.
Big government sucks because big government does crap like this and there doesn’t seem to be a damned thing anyone can do about it. The best solution is to simply shrink the scope of its powers: then it cannot abuse those powers.
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