From RT.com: “‘NSA ruined it!’ Brazil ditches Boeing jets, grants $4.5 bln contract to Saab.”
Brazil has rejected a contract for Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter jets in favor of the Swedish Saab’s JAS 39 Gripens. The unexpected move to reject the US bid comes amid the global scandal over the NSA’s involvement in economic espionage activities.
The announcement for the purchase of 36 fighters was made Wednesday by Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim and Air Force Commander Junti Saito. The jets will cost US$4.5 billion, well below the estimated market value of around US$7 billion.
Saito said the development of the fighters will occur in conjunction with Embraer and other unspecified companies.
The 12 Mirage aircraft currently in use by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will be retired at the end of this year. They were acquired by Brazil in 2005. As it waits for the new fighters, the FAB will use the F5 style, which will stay viable up to 2025.
Boeing was considered to have the inside track to win the contract earlier this year, yet revelations of intrusive surveillance of global officials’ communications, including those of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, by the US government’s National Security Agency led to distrust of the American company.
“The NSA problem ruined it for the Americans,” a Brazilian government source told Reuters.
When I make the mistake of picking up a call from a telemarketer, I usually get to the point where I ask: Why would I buy anything from a company that violates the law to try and sell it to me?
Many times I hear a ‘click’ at that point.
Well, Boeing just got ‘clicked,’ thanks to the illegal snooping of the NSA. I’m sure many in the world are starting to ask: Why would we do business with a country with leaders who lie continually, and who break the law when it suits their fancy?
Make no doubt, we will all pay an escalating price for the evil-doings of our national leaders. It’s time to pull the plug on the NSA, and put many in its leadership behind bars.