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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 18 2013: Allow NSA to do whatever it deems it must to ensure your safety or allow you some privacy where you endure whatever comes.

    It’s not the collection of info that worries me as much as is its incorrect interpretation and inappropriate use by imperfect humans.

    It is very unlikely any real change will come to the NSA but will only get worse as technology allows it to do even more.

    An example, If your records are ever viewed you must be informed of that within five years with the associate search warrant paper.

    So doing nothing is not what we humans are about. So a tougher question is can we do anything about this and if so what should that action be?

    I say WE ensure that there are true checks and balances that are always seen.
    • Jul 19 2013: Tim Thornton -- thank you

      things are moving quickly now.
      July 17, 2013, CNN shows the Congress jumping all over the NSA.
      It is 3.8 hours of the Justice Department using the ODDI defense.
      The "Other Dude Did It"...

      Some really smart Congressmen and Congresswomen bringing
      their big guns to bear.

      If these bi-partisan members cannot keep us protected under
      the 1st and 4th Amendments, then we all need to get the right
      tools out of the cabinet, and do the job ourselves.

      I have faith that the Congress has been awakened. I look
      forward the end of FISA courts. I also think the spy agencies
      are much to expensive to maintain in their present Military
      format. Their Leadership had forgotten to ask our permission,
      Beforehand...

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