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[liberationtech] quid pro quo

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 13:51:35 PDT 2013


My thought is that the reported payments to compensate big corps aren't
enough to justify the opportunity cost.

For example, Room 641A. No doubt NSA is putting some cash in, but the
actual revenue is probably 1/1000th the cost to ATT. Renting rooms and taps
to governments is not a business ATT would enter. It's just too small. They
need revenues in the tens of millions to even consider a product, and it's
unlikely NSA is paying that much.

Where ATT can justify the cost is within its lobbying budget.



On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM, Seth Woodworth <seth at sethish.com> wrote:

> It's not legal to pay for preferential treatment from the government,
> that's bribery.  Why would it be illegal for the NSA to pay ATT & Chase?
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> On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Lucas Gonze <lucas.gonze at gmail.com>wrote:
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>> Let's say major corps like ATT and Chase are doing favors for NSA. Why
>> would they if not for a quid pro quo?
>>
>> And if they are getting favors in return, isn't that illegal?
>>
>> I wonder if there is evidence to show what the payback is.
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