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Should Microsoft and Google stand up and oppose the NSA publicly? Will doing nothing work?

The big Media Story today is about a Whistle-Blower who is hiding and
may soon to be captured and returned to the US for Arrest and Trial.

The exposure of NSA spying tactics of forcing Microsoft and Google,
as well as a number of other Internet Providers, both here and abroad, to provide User Records has put this nation's Internet Users on guard.

The NSA's current program PRISM has now been shown to have been
used to invade and capture information from friendly foreign nations.

We are Americans. We claim to be Free. However, in the
last 20 years things have been changing. Can we afford to stay
out of the mess?
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What I wrote, although it sounds like an hyperbole, is anything but.

I refer to CNN's presentation on July 17th's video of the US Congress
having a hearing with the Deputy Director's of the Department's of Justice, DOJ, the DIA, the National Security Agency, NSA. and one other.

In the 3 .8 hour Congressional Committee's hearing, members asked pointed
questions and received evasive answers, with promises made that a secret
session would be more appropriate to answer their queries.

The queries by the Congressmen and Congresswomen were to the point
of why the NSA and other such agencies were conducting surveillances'
of US citizens, with partner corporations, collecting said US citizen's information from the telephone (cell phone) calls, email messages, and otherwise, that had been placed and received, and specifically without the knowledge and/or permission of said US citizens, in violation of two of the amendments to the US Constitution, plainly illegal acts.

Hyperbole, not hardly.

I found on my operating system, evidence of the NSA's Prism program.
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Regardless of your opinion, please take a few minutes and
respond. ..Your input is necessary. ..Stand up, be fearless.

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  • Jul 15 2013: Frank, I agree the last twnety years is where change was happening, but it started when Reagan was president. The time was the beginning of the Christian right wing takeover of washigton. I can just imagine the hate I will be feeling for making this observation, but I truly believe it to be true. The religious right started to band togather and take a political stance that abrogated the hard fought for freedoms that we all used to take for granted. You can see the change in small ways such as if you have nothing to hide the police should be allowed to search your car or home. The giving away of such freedoms as not being pulled over in mass to see if any of you is hiding something or drinking and driveing. The attempt at overturning RoeV Wade, The so-called war on women that in reality is a much worse attempt to put them back in their place as chattel. All of this comes from religious right wingnut leaders, hell bent on resuming head of the household standards for men.Because most people are sheep when it comes to fighting back, these religious zealots have not only done tremendous damage to the "freedoms" of this country, they have the sheeple asking them to take them away. I remember a time in Indiana when the arts were starting to flourish, when we were taught the pledge without the under god insertion, when you didn't see the ten commandments on public land or in the public eye unless it was on church property. Now, it seems that you are at war if you in any way say something derogatory to any that claim Christian status. They act like it is they who are under attack, all the while they, are attacking others of no faith, or the wrong faith. I personnally see no difference between the zealots of Christianity, or Islam. I just wish they would keep their relgion out of the politics of my country.
    • Jul 16 2013: timothy schlotter --
      You have strong view about when it comes to fighting back.

      Would you share "your views" about Mr. Snowden's exposure of
      how the NSA's current program PRISM has been used to invade
      and capture information from Microsoft's and Google's customers
      here in the US and world-wide?
      I hope you will.

      I don't have issues with religious beliefs.
      Our nation's people are proud of being able to practice their faiths
      unhindered. You can too, or not, without restriction.
      ..timothy, I understand your feelings. I really do.
      • Jul 16 2013: I applaud Mr. Snowden's courage for speaking out against a government that has obviously stepped over the line, and is now doing damage control to continue the lies. having been in the military, I know my government is very capable of telling the public what they want to hear, and covering up what they don't want to hear. The fact that there are certain things snowden will not tell makes me believ him more than generals, politicians, [chicken hawks in particular], and the media. It takes courage to take on a country as strong as the U.S. and whether he is in a just cause, or just stoking his own ego, is probably somthing us pee-ons will never find out.

        As to religious beliefs, I too believe everyone should be able to pratice whatever they have beliefs in unhindered, but that is not what is happening. All you have to do is look at the laws, and codes being passed to see which religion is being favoured and to see what is happening
        • Jul 16 2013: timothy schlotter
          I applaud your grasp of the situation.

          The congress and full administration are ignoring the matter.
          Just like they did with the US & EU tech companies dumping
          their boatloads & mountains of obsolete Hardware trash on the
          beaches of Ghana and elsewhere.

          The same companies and many others that specialize in
          Computer Software have partnered with US government
          agencies to install their spy programs on our Computers.

          Where were Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on the day they
          made their decisions to sell their customer base to the
          US government? Did the US Department of Defense
          pay for their Research and Development? What part of
          their profits is attributed to Military's NSA and other like
          agencies?

          Does the constitution allow the nation's military to go to
          war with US citizens?

          Mr. Snowden's exposure may have been illegal from the
          Justice Department's viewpoint, or the viewpoint of the
          US Department of Defense, as the NSA is run by an
          American General who takes his orders from the US
          Secretary of Defense, and he, from the President.

          Mr. Snowden did risk his life to WARN us all.

          The DOD's Military led NSA and other agencies who spy on
          US citizens, and have been allowed to do so by Current and
          Past Administration's have committed Foul Acts.

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