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Well this is a bit blunt ...

Zuckerberg: US government 'blew it' on NSA surveillance

by Dominic Rushe in San Francisco, -- 11 September 2013

Zuckerberg said the government had done a "bad job" of balancing people's privacy and its duty to protect. "Frankly I think the government blew it," he said.

He said after the news broke in the Guardian and the Washington Post about Prism, the government surveillance programme that targets major internet companies: "The government response was, 'Oh don't worry, we're not spying on any Americans.' Oh, wonderful: that's really helpful to companies trying to serve people around the world, and that's really going to inspire confidence in American internet companies."

"I thought that was really bad," he said. Zuckerberg said Facebook and others were pushing successfully for more transparency. "We are not at the end of this. I wish that the government would be more proactive about communicating. We are not psyched that we had to sue in order to get this and we take it very seriously," he said.

So do tell us, what did 'they have to sue' about, in their attempt to tidy up their Tech Giant reputations?

Marissa Mayer Says Revealing NSA Pressure to Seize User Data is Considered "Treason"

by Alexandra Cardinale, -- 09/13/2013

The latest progress on the issue includes executives from Yahoo, Facebook, Google and other tech leaders who all met on Monday along with the president's group on intelligence and communications to review the restrictions and communications needs of each party. Needless to say, discussions were likely tense as the meeting came on the heels of yet another lawsuit filed by Facebook and Yahoo against FISA to publicly reveal more information "about the types (if any) of national security requests."

Google finally asked for one more crucial appeal: "Given the important public policy issues at stake, we have also asked the court to hold its hearing in open rather than behind closed doors. It's time for more transparency."

In this case, the American public may very well get to see the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.

SOOO ... their recent suit is to reveal the nature of the NSA's "national security requests" of them, or so it would seem.

Kind of reminds me a bit of the Star Wars trilogy -- only I'm having trouble figuring out if when these Tech Giants "strike back" ... are they filling the role of the 'Empire' ... or rather that of the 'Jedi Knights' ?

They wage legal wars, we ultimately decide.

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