“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” – President (and 5 star General) Dwight D Eisenhower 1960
We’ve made this point before. There is big money, huge money, in Big Brother. It’s not just the unreasonable desire for security and control which is driving the surveillance state. There are also very powerful business forces (businesses which must rely on the government for funding) driving the expansion of these technologies.
Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $12.97 million in donations for a two-year period ending December 31, 2012, according to the analysis, which MapLight performed with financing data from OpenSecrets. Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.