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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by MOS6510 on Fri 7th Jun 2013 20:29 UTC
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Tapping these services/providers is a great way to stop terrorrists.... using them, I mean, they don't even use Facebook or iCloud in movies. Maybe Google Calendar to plan their next attack?

Sure they only use it to stop terrorists, but you can use it to stop peadophiles too and we all want to protect our kids.

But wait, some people don't pay all their taxes, we can trace them and then YOU have to pay less tax. We all want to pay less tax.

Even better, we can also find thieves who put pictures of stolen wares on Facebook. We don't want people stealing our stuff. Go ahead and use the info for that too.

Or exchange the data with other countries, we can help each other out and stop bad guys worldwide.

In the end all these evil people will start avoiding these services and us, the good guys, will be on 24/7 supervision. No jokes about drugs, killing the president or insulting certain people, because then you have to explain yourself.

When I was young some kids always got angry and said they'd kill or beat up the teacher. This never happened of course. Now they say this on Twitter and it still doesn't happen, but they still get arrested.

My point really is they say they'll use it for one thing only, but in time they'll keep expanding it. How can anyone say no to this. Who would protect dirty men who are after our kids, people who avoid taxes, thieves.

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