Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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Gag Orders
by Alfman on Fri 7th Jun 2013 13:50 UTC
Alfman
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2011-01-28

"What's most peculiar is that the companies involved in PRISM all deny being part of it. The Washington Post contacted the companies involved, and Facebook and Apple said they have no knowledge of the program, and thus are not involved with it - which is odd, because the official government documentation clearly mentioned them."

Actually, assuming all of this is true it shouldn't be peculiar at all. It's very likely they've all been ordered to remain silent on the matter. It doesn't make it any less wrong, but it does put them in a complex situation. Anyone who violates the gag order would likely face imprisonment, even if only confirming the program to reporters.

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