NSA Snooping’s Negative Impact On Business Would Have The Founding Fathers ‘Aghast’

James Madison would be “aghast.” That was one of the incendiary charges leveled at the National Security Agency and its mass surveillance activities by Judge Richard Leon in his December 16 opinion ordering the government to stop collecting some of the data that it’s been gathering on private citizens here and abroad.But Thomas Jefferson might be horrified as well, because the NSA collection efforts are having a fairly profound effect on American business and its efforts to sell goods and services abroad. Jefferson, a big believer in the American “taste for navigation and commerce,” would be dismayed that our government was doing things that could hurt our competitiveness and our ability to set the terms of global trade.
www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/12/20/nsa-snoopings-negative-impact-on-business-would-have-the-founding-fathers-aghast/

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