On July 26, 2013, Mr David Kravets wrote an article titled “Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash.” Which was no great surprise to me. Politicians in the United States are the best that money can buy, and the military-industrial complex has the most money with which to buy them.
This article was prompted by a Congressional vote on whether to restrict the power of the NSA to listen in on the phones of US and UK citizens and to “harvest” their communication on the Internet.
According to the article, Maplight “a Berkeley-based non-profit” which researched which members of Congress received military-industrial complex money.
Not surprisingly, it seems that those who voted against restricting NSA snooping “received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry” as those who voted for restrictions. Mr Kravets goes on to say “that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation.”
“House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it.” At the top of the list was a California Republican who raked in $526,600.00 from the defense and intelligence industry.
There were many who did not take any money from these industries. These lawmakers should be applauded.