mutually beneficial (even if technically infringing) setup
Isn't this the prime indicator of an outdated/unnecessary law? Every side of the setup ignores the law, because it's hampering them. Then why the F*** are we having this law in the first place? Laws are not born to exist out of context from some god-emperor's mind (or, at least it shouldn't), they should reflect and formalize the accepted behavioral rules of our society. If accepted behavior changes, the laws must(should) follow suite.
Giving aid: - Providing backdoors to nearly every system to foreign hackers. - Messing up internet security standards. - Providing moral highground and reason to hate the usa to foreign tehrroris organizations. (AQ HR dept thank you very much)
Waging war on the USA: - Eavesdropping on most of the population of the USA. - Providing ways to selectively enforce laws on anyone in the US. - Collecting blackmail material on government officials to wrestle control from them. - Wasting B$s of taxpayer money that could save lives.
In the soviet era Hungary, the government were pissed at a punk band for their criticism. So once when the members were chilling out on the street a secret agent walked up to them, and gave the band leader a bottle of beer and a bottle opener. He gave away the stuff to a friend, who opened it, to be promptly arrested by the police for drinking in public.
That's how the soviet era police worked. That's how apparently the FBI works today. Same shit, different motive.
The power plant warehouse has a window fronting the street, where you can get your daily fuel rod by saying your name. He said his name, got his fuel rod, then started to say a bunch of random names and got theirs too. Then he parked in front of the security gate.
That's one of the many problems with the US. Too many alphabet soup is bad for your digestion. Also, your economy (just think if only 1 federal police remained (not the fbi, a not-yet-corrupted one), how much of the budget could go to actually useful things, like healtcare and broadband internet development)