Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 17:47 UTC
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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[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Novan_Leon on Mon 9th Dec 2013 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
Novan_Leon
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2005-12-07

How is the US electoral system broken?

The mainstream US populace is apathetic to things such as privacy and security (much less politics in general), and more focused on the latest episode of American Idol, Miley Cyrus shenanigans, and who-shot-who in the local news. The result is a political arena dominated by those who love politics for it's own rewards (prestige, power & influence, monetary compensation, etc.) rather than those who honestly want to serve their country. This is what happens to any nation that loses sight of the things that made them great in the first place.

Anyone who blames corporations for the mess we're in is missing the bigger picture. In other countries it may be different, but in the USA corporations only have as much power as the general US population gives them through their own ignorance and apathy. Unfortunately, right now that's the lion's share.

/end rant

Edited 2013-12-09 20:37 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by M.Onty on Mon 9th Dec 2013 21:17 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Strongly agree.

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