MikeWarot: "For some reason the Germans won't let us watch the original outside of Germany."
The companies know it is going on and have been happy with this state of affairs for the past 100 years+.
The latest evidence comes from a report last week by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal agency established on the recommendation of the Sept. 11 Commission to balance the right to liberty against the need to prevent terrorism.
The board -- which had access to classified information -- offered this blunt assessment:
“We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the telephone records program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” the report says. “Moreover, we are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack.”
The interesting thing about the shift in economic activity is that the US was once notorious for theft of intellectual property while Europe ruled the roost after the industrial revolution. Now, with China turning out huge numbers of post grads and ramping up its R&D it has, amazingly, taken a much closer interest in IP protection. India will, in due course, do the same. How that plays out between those three will be interesting.
Spying on allies for economic advantage is a crucial new assignment for the C.I.A. now that American foreign policy is focused on commercial interests abroad. President Clinton made economic intelligence a high priority of his Administration, specifically information to protect and defend American competitiveness, technology and financial security in a world where an economic crisis can spread across global markets in minutes.
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