Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 17:47 UTC

The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and AOL are setting aside their business rivalries to demand that Congress and President Obama scale back the government's voracious surveillance.

These companies had little to no qualms about teaming up with the US government back when it was all done in relative secrecy, but now that it's out in the open, they're acting like heroes. This campaign would never have been launched if Snowden hadn't blown the whistle, which means the motive behind this new campaign is money - not morality.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 19:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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If elections are meaningless its because the voting electorate has failed in its duty to be informed and involved in the issues.

Oh god.

You must be the last person in the world who still believes the US electoral system has even one ounce to do with the electorate.

Hilarious. And kind of adorable.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 9th Dec 2013 19:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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That's a dangerous way of thinking. If you resign yourself to the notion that your vote doesn't matter, then it certainly never will. This is why we're in such a state of affairs.

People looking for a finger to point, blame to assign to anyone except themselves for allowing policies they disagree with to be enacted.

Cynicism is self defeating, and American citizens who feel like darknexus are actively making it harder to make a difference.

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