Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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RE: Force is indeed the keyword
by otrov on Fri 12th Jul 2013 04:27 UTC in reply to "Force is indeed the keyword"
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But what do we find out? We have secret courts, so secret that its rulings are secret too. We have law interpretations so secret, we cannot be told. The IRD is pursuing political enemies after Obama mentioned this as strategy. Millions of Americans have sufficient security clearance to read all your email.

If you need Snowden for such observation, then dream on.

It's reasonable to carry believe in certain easy-to-digest-transparency image about the government role and politics, as even slight actual insight would definitely hurt and require IQ and integrity that most can't provide. But also no sane person really wants to know more then needed or something else then the rest. It's all about your safety - keep it as mantra.

What I found laughable in this charade is reaction from hypocritical EU countries as if they don't know anything about and as if they don't do the same.
What to expect from societies that communicate through PR agencies and press conferences, other then idiotic outcome?

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