That isn't necessarily true. Costa Rica has a very large tourism industry that feeds off of its rain forests and natural beauty. No doubt if this mining group came in and ran roughshod over the forest and rivers and whatnot, that could easily drive the "2% of GDP" number up as the tourism industry might drop as a result.
Either way, I would imagine that this development can't make the NSA all that happy.
Haha, no shit. It is definitely worth pointing out though that all of this is of the NSA's own making. If they wouldn't have been so cavalier about sucking up data, something like Dark Mail would never have been necessary and they could have continued - status quo.
I'm sure the same lawyers weren't arguing both cases. Heck, I'll bet the legal teams aren't even in the same building. What seems obvious from the outside is a clear problem of siloing within a large company.
I kind of feel like this article missed the point. That being, the government wants to hire people who don't rock the boat, do what their told, and keep their head down and their eyes on their own paper. I worked in government and tried to improve my department. Now here I am, no longer working for the government.
Edward Snowden does not fit that mold though. As a go-getter, he was brilliant, but the bar is set so low in government that I'm not sure he would actually qualify as brilliant in private industry.
I've read a number of old, retired police officers comment on the state of law enforcement as it currently stand. One of them felt as though the concept of "serving and protecting" has be almost completely lost. He also stated that when he went out on patrol, he basically assumed he would have to give his life to protect a citizen and just wondered if today was that day.
Now, I constantly hear about "getting cops home safe." If cops feel the need to get home safe, maybe they need a new job. Especially if part of getting home safe involves dealing out justice off-the-cuff by shooting people willy-nilly.
A prime example in Indianapolis recently was a comment by a commander with regard to police shooting a young man. He said, "The kid made a mistake and paid with his life." That doesn't sound like serving and protecting; it sounds like threatening. Not to mention they were pretty sure the guy was the one who tried to carjack a lady, but what if he wasn't?
We'll know the results of this study based on whether or not it sees the light of day. If it actually comes out, it will agree with Rockafeller's conclusions. If we never hear about this again, it will be quite obvious that there is simply no connection.