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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?
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.
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: For the woman who wondered if her computer was easy to crack into? Easy as pie. The only way to keep your computer from being cracked into is to never hook it to the internet at all, or install any particular software on it that you aren't 1000% sure is free of malware.

    Most computers are mildly infected. Many computers are seriously infected and part of criminal botnets, or rootkitted for other mechanisms, and the owners never know that their computers are being used -- rented out! -- for criminal activities.


    anti-virus/anti-malware software really is a good idea. ;) I just shake my head when I run into people who tell me that they don't run the stuff because it slows down their system and they never see anything unusual running on their machine (of course, they wouldn't since the processes hide themselves...). Backup is a good "security" software measure too. You never know when some malware is going to trash your disk. It's rare but you might be sad.

    These things don't have to be the NSA to be a tragedy. It's wild out there.

    But if you want to engage the issue of the NSA? Become politically active, more than on some Tuesday in November. Get to actually KNOW your congresscritters and your local politicians. Turn out the vote. Revive the democratic system in this republic. Congress is sitting in DC at something between 11-17% approval ratings and they give not a SINGLE DAMN.

    And you know why?

    Because you guys are sitting in your ergonomic chairs on ted.com talking to each other instead of talking to your lawmakers. As a nation we have forgotten how to engage the system, and no one is happier about that than the folks in DC, because it makes their jobs so much easier, they are foxes in charge of the hen house.

    Most of them aren't even bad folks. But they are lazy. You are their bosses, and you aren't doing your job.
    • Jul 18 2013: Shava Nerad 10+

      Until you've tried to talk to your congressman or
      administrative regulator, you have no idea of the
      difficulty involved. As for the President, forget it.

      You're bleeding more Propaganda.
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        • Jul 18 2013: Kate:
          Maybe the topic is to volatile for TED audiences. Or not! lol
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          Jul 18 2013: I still have the almighty green thumb and possess the power to bestow thumbs-up at my leisure. Until TED reads this.
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        • Jul 19 2013: Kate, I just spent 3.8 hours
          watching July 17th, CNN's coverage of the NSA hearings,
          by the House of Representatives. Some pretty pissed-off
          Congressmen and Congresswomen there, and not a dummy
          among them. They had two or three ex-judges who knew the
          constitution, and they lit a fire under the spy witnesses.

          They must have been monitoring our conversations. lol

          They brought up most of the issues.

          I didn't take notes and so the titles of those they roasted are not correct.
          They stuck it to the Dept of Justice deputy, the Natlional Security Director,
          the NSA deputy, and a gal from one of the agencies who got blown away
          in the first 10 minutes of questioning. She actually left the room for a bit.

          The results are that the FISA court is a Rubber Stamp.
          There's only one Judge who they change every week,
          and only the NSA Lawyers. There's no one to represent the people.
          So our 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution are crapped on.
          Vulgar but true.

          I couldn't believe my ears. James Cole the DOJ deputy provided
          in one answer the old ODDI defense. The "Other Dude Did It".
          I will bet you the Media misses his answer. ..But it was hilarious..

          Hey, I just remembered the 'birth control' conversation. We were
          mean to you. I apologize. You have my permission to beat me up
          on this one. Nothing below the belt like the last one.

          I've had a ton of coffee and it's 8pm. Wow, I am gonna hate tonight.

          CNN stopped short and I didn't get to see it all.

          Then Microsoft had to start messing with me.
          I don't bother looking at my Event Log anymore.
          It probably has 10 pings a minute from Windows.
          Like a bad toilet stopper, -- they never stop...

          As soon as the NSA gets taken care of, I'm going back to XP.
          I was warned about Windows 7. ..But I just couldn't say no to my
          daughter's gift. Now I find out that Win 7 is dumping Windows Live.
          It wasn't any good anyhow.

          Too much coffee... bye for now.
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      Jul 18 2013: Thank you for the evocative image of infected computers. I already know mine's infected because suddenly a skull and crossbones covers the screen and tells me to get away from the computer for awhile. What I'd like to know is how you knew I was sitting in an ergonomic chair. You're not using some virus to stare at me through my own webcam are you? That would be impressive, because I don't even own a webcam. In fact, I didn't even know this was an ergonomic chair.
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        Jul 18 2013: The NSA would be very surprised if I were spying for them Daniel...:) *giggle*
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          Jul 18 2013: That is precisely what a deeply embedded and very convincing spy would say, only the know others know they would say it, so they really wouldn't say it and yet you did, which is why you, who I'm now convinced are a deeply embedded and very convincing spy, DID say it.
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        Jul 18 2013: Yup I am a double triple quadruple agent with night baseball a window and a swoop. Too bad it doesn't come with a government pension. I obviously need to write better propaganda for these guys...;)
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          Jul 18 2013: It's not bingo if you don't win a prize. An example of a real bingo would be the thumbs-up I just gave you.
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          Jul 18 2013: I was making a joke.

          I read your earlier posts, which is why earlier wrote: 3 hours ago: I still have the almighty green thumb and possess the power to bestow thumbs-up at my leisure. Until TED reads this.

          I got the earlier ones, too, and noticed them and let me say, thank you.

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