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  •  Yet if these companies (1+ / 0-)
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    supply the data that allows people to be military targets aren't they partly culpable?  They appear to be profiting from sharing their information.

    "You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do." Steve Martin

    by Kristin in WA on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:49:07 AM PST

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    •  Info provided after a court order. (1+ / 0-)
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      The government does not pay the companies for the data, and in fact impose significant costs to Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc..

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:54:30 AM PST

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      •  Booz Allen does profit from these things (0+ / 0-)

        The issue isn't that google and others are profiting, it's that a majority of the NSA budget goes to private firms. Snowden got all this information when he was at Booz. Not to mention various other private firms that carry out policy.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 12:01:39 PM PST

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        •  NSA operates with significant resources, many (0+ / 0-)

          of which will be purchased from the private sector - computers, networking equipment, internet access, software, IT services, etc..

          Many NSA employees earn good pay and benefits and profit from their employment.

          These businesses and employees are not the driving reason that the US has the NSA nor do they direct what the NSA does. Pres Obama has far, far, far greater influence on what the NSA does and does not do than other the NSA vendors combined.

          Snowden also received much of his info when he was at Dell.  See Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say

          The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

          by nextstep on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 12:24:40 PM PST

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