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[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Drumhellar on Mon 9th Dec 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
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The US electoral system is inherently broken, and voting is not going to change that. Should I lie and tell US citizens to vote A or B because it'll change anything, even though I know it won't?

It's not accurate that voting for a different candidate wouldn't change anything. It's more accurate to say that voting for a different candidate would change everything.

Currently, opinions on NSA spying aren't split along party lines. Our political system has sadly been reduced to two parties.
Sure, NSA spying bugs you, and sadly your representative that you've been voting for in the past is in favor. You could vote for the other guy, and he would likely oppose spying during his time in Congress (if he is elected). Problem is, his position on every other issue is opposite yours.

If your chosen representative Congress votes for further deregulation of industry, abortion restrictions, less gun control, education vouchers and homeschooling support, etc, etc, but is in favor of NSA spying, and your only other candidate is opposed to NSA spying, but votes for more industry regulation, abortion rights, gun control, stronger public schools, etc etc...
What do you do? The other guy likely would fight earnestly against NSA spying, but, he's also fighting for a bunch of other stuff that you don't want.

This is the type of thing that American politicians are good at and actually do fight for, depending on their side. The problem is the dearth of candidates means it's nearly impossible to target one issue without sacrificing the other issues.

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