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: Comment by Nelson
by Drumhellar on Mon 9th Dec 2013 20:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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I think a lot of this anger is misplaced by people who want companies to exercise morality on their behalf. If people are so opposed to what the NSA is doing, then get out and participate in an election and affect change.

Why not do both? Why not pressure our representatives in Congress and pressure corporations to effect change with their lobbyists? It'd be nice if we could simply vote on the issue, or if it were easier to pick a different candidate, but sadly, the two-party system we have in America makes changing which candidate to vote for extremely difficult to do over one issue.

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