Countries Which Want to Rein In NSA Spying Collectively Have Bigger Economies than the U.S. and Its Spy Buddies

21 Nations Line Up Behind UN Effort To Stop NSA

Foreign Policy reports that 21 nations have joined the push for the adoption of a United Nations General Resolution protecting internet privacy against NSA spying.

They include the following nations:  Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

Those names don’t mean too much in a vacuum … so let’s look at the size of their economies (using International Monetary Fund figures for 2012):

COUNTRY RANK (WORLD’S BIGGEST ECONOMIES) GDP ($USD IN MILLIONS)
Germany 4th 3,429,519
France 5th 2,613,936
Brazil 7th 2,253,090
India 10th 1,841,717
Mexico 14th 1,177,398
Indonesia 16th 878,536
Switzerland 20th 631,183
Sweden 22nd 523,804
Norway 23rd 499,633
Argentina 26th 475,211
Austria 28th 394,868
South Africa 29th 384,315
Venezuela 31st 381,286
Hungary 58th 125,660
Ecuador 63rd 84,040
Cuba 70th 60,806
Uruguay 77th 49,920
Bolivia 93rd 27,232
Paraguay 95th 26,073
Liechtenstein 149th 5,113
Guyana 157th 2,828

TOTAL: $15,866,168 (remember: all figures in this post are in millions.)

In comparison, the U.S. – the world’s largest economy – has a GDP of $16,244,575 … larger than the 21 countries.

But we can’t look at this fight in a vacuum … the rest of the “Five Eyes” of allied spies – Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand – are backing the U.S.  As is Israel (and see this).

So let’s add them to the U.S. side of the ledger:

COUNTRY RANK GDP
U.S. 1st 16,244,575
United Kingdom 6th 2,476,665
Canada 11th 1,821,445
Australia 12th 1,541,700
Israel 39th 257,480
New Zealand 55th 169,831

TOTAL: $22,511,696

But China and Russia hate NSA spying so much that they have joined the  new BRICS consortium – along with India, Brazil and South Africa – which is building its own Internet infrastructure to avoid NSA spying.

So let’s add them to the total opposing NSA spying:

COUNTRY RANK GDP
21 Countries 15,866,168
China 2nd 8,221,015
Russia 8th 2,029,813

TOTAL: $26,116,996

The bottom line is that there is currently more money aligned against U.S. spying than for it.

Notes:    Japan – the world’s 3rd largest economy – has been a close ally of the U.S. for some time.   If we count Japan’s GDP onto the U.S. side, it would swing the economic balance in favor of the U.S.  However, Japan refused the NSA’s request to tap fiber-optic cables in 2011.

Technical note: For the couple of nations for which IMF figures were not available, we used the CIA Factbook.

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  • http://www.mihai.nl/ Mihai Martoiu Ticu

    If I don’t want that somebody steals my stuff, do I have to be richer than him to be right?

    • wunsacon

      In a fairer world, no. In our world, generally, he who has the gold makes the rules.

      (I agree w/ your point and suspect GW does too.)

  • gozounlimited

    Stop Watching Us: The Video….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmiw_rrNxk

    Washington Whispers
    Actor John Cusack Says ‘Democracy Itself Is Dead’ With NSA Surveillance

    By Steven Nelson
    October 23, 2013 RSS Feed Print

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    Actor John Cusack, left, disagrees with National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who argues the NSA doesn’t snoop on ordinary Americans.

    Actor John Cusack, left, disagrees with National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who argues the NSA doesn’t snoop on ordinary Americans.

    Actor John Cusack appears in a video released Wednesday by a coalition of anti-surveillance groups, saying, “in the surveillance state, democracy itself is dead.”

    Cusack, who recently portrayed Richard Nixon in the film “The Butler,” was joined in the video by documentary filmmaker Oliver Stone, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg and others to denounce dragnet phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency.

    Cusack warns that the NSA programs, first exposed in June by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, affect “average citizens not suspected of a crime.”

    Drawing a parallel to the Nixon administration’s covert surveillance of political enemies, the actor says, “it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. … The tools for surveillance have never been more powerful and the threat to our civil liberties has never been greater.”

    [RELATED: NSA Opponents Will Picket Congress on Patriot Act’s Birthday]

    The video was produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and promoted by the Stop Watching Us coalition, which is hosting what it hopes will be the largest anti-surveillance demonstration in U.S. history on Saturday near Congress. Members of the coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mozilla Foundation, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, social news website Reddit, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Demand Progress and Students for Liberty.

  • gozounlimited

    Stop Watching Us: The Video….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmiw_rrNxk

    Washington Whispers
    Actor John Cusack Says ‘Democracy Itself Is Dead’ With NSA Surveillance

    By Steven Nelson
    October 23, 2013 RSS Feed Print

    Comment (8)
    inShare2

    Actor John Cusack, left, disagrees with National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who argues the NSA doesn’t snoop on ordinary Americans.

    Actor John Cusack, left, disagrees with National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who argues the NSA doesn’t snoop on ordinary Americans.

    Actor John Cusack appears in a video released Wednesday by a coalition of anti-surveillance groups, saying, “in the surveillance state, democracy itself is dead.”

    Cusack, who recently portrayed Richard Nixon in the film “The Butler,” was joined in the video by documentary filmmaker Oliver Stone, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg and others to denounce dragnet phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency.

    Cusack warns that the NSA programs, first exposed in June by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, affect “average citizens not suspected of a crime.”

    Drawing a parallel to the Nixon administration’s covert surveillance of political enemies, the actor says, “it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. … The tools for surveillance have never been more powerful and the threat to our civil liberties has never been greater.”

    [RELATED: NSA Opponents Will Picket Congress on Patriot Act’s Birthday]

    The video was produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and promoted by the Stop Watching Us coalition, which is hosting what it hopes will be the largest anti-surveillance demonstration in U.S. history on Saturday near Congress. Members of the coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mozilla Foundation, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, social news website Reddit, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Demand Progress and Students for Liberty.

 

 

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