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  •  I find it amazing that you believe that the (21+ / 0-)

    tech industry does hold some real power with the U.S. Congress and could be a critical ally for privacy and civil liberty advocates. They definitely have power over the Congress, but I doubt it would in the intent to promote more privacy and civil liberties.

    If that were the case they would have whistleblowed a long time ago. They were willing cooperators with the NSA.  And quite frankly, I hope they get scared over the boycotts and disgust customers have over their actions and software.

    I heard from a long-term, seasoned cameraman, who has been at many, many G20 and G8 and other summits, and accompanied  the Presidents overseas, saying that the "distance" between the European allies to Obama was "palpable for the first time and all caused by the NSA operations worldwide as people hushed-hushed behind their hands covering their mouths.

    Don't kid yourself.

    Civil Men Are For Civil Rights

    by mimi on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:32:10 AM PDT

    •  Cooperation Was The Path Of Least Resistance (12+ / 0-)

      Now, in the post-Snowden environment, throwing the NSA under the bus has become the path of least resistance.

      The fact that it's also the right thing to do is a happy coincidence.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00:45 AM PDT

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      •  Ah... Kabuki Theatre. (5+ / 0-)

        If you see the NSA and/or other intelligence services being "thrown under the bus", it's an illusion. They control untold billions in government payouts, with no budgetary limitations.

        Come on. Do you really think that there is any reason for perceiving a "happy coincidence"?

        One of the most important developments in the snooping business was when the CIA stole the code for PROMIS, so that they could construct a "back door" to all databases within any PROMIS network. That was a long time ago. (BTW, if I recall correctly, the author of PROMIS got upset at the CIA's theft and tried to sue for damages. Then he had an "accident.")

        PROMIS has now morphed into various other software programs, all of which have backdoors for access by intelligence services.

    •  What possible interest could any of them (0+ / 0-)

      have in working for the NSA?  It's bad for their bottom line when/if it gets out (And has been shown time and time again, it does get out).

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