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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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  • Gar K

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    Jul 23 2013: Deaths from war and violence have been declining steadily over time, on a global scale, particularly if you consider this on a per-capita basis. This fact does not improve the lot of those stuck in war-ravaged countries right now, but I think we must take a long view of the matter, and be careful not to be so reflexively vitriolic towards American policy and militarism that we lose sight of the fact that American influence in the 20th century has been a major stabilizing factor for the whole world.

    I might add that the U.S. is the only nation in history which at one point had the unequaled and unequivocal power to take over the whole earth with ease -- that is when the U.S. was briefly the sole possessor of nuclear warfare technology -- but instead of taking over the earth, it devoted its energy into helping rebuild Europe, etc. , and shared its military power with allies. No other nation which was the sole possessor of an ultimate weapon has actually restrained itself from using it.

    This does not excuse the many mistakes and abuses of U.S. policies over the decades (on the parts of government, military escapades, and big businesses), but the U.S. has been a great stabilizer overall, and not simply some kind of demonic force.

    Please refer to data such as from Hans Rosling's talks, to show that improvements in poverty have been a major driving force in improving many of the world's problems. Once again, U.S. influence has been a factor in this change as well, although I certainly agree that it could be, and could have been, much more favourable yet had the foreign policy been different.
    • Jul 24 2013: Gar K --
      I love Hans Rosling's talks as well. He is a unique individual.

      You are wrong !!!
      The numbers of lives lost to Wars in the 20th century.
      Is an appalling figure. It leads such Historic accomplishments

      American militarism in the 20th century has been a major stabilizing
      factor for the whole world. ..56+ armed conflicts since WW2, using
      a policy of making pre-emptive wars upon other nation's shores.

      The killing's and maiming's of innocent men, women, and wee children.
      The most recent Collateral Damages has risen to 5,000 by Drones and
      Hell Fire Missiles. 60% or 3,000 killed and maimed are wee children.
      I ask you. When is enough revenge? Can you answer Gar K?
      You defend -- simply some kind of demonic force. How sad.
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      Pre-emptive wars are paid with taxed-payer dollars to Bankers
      who have financed America's wars and armed conflicts
      lo these 237 years,
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      Rebuilding Europe and Iraq utilizing American & foreign Contractors,
      (example Halliburton), and others. With Non-bid contracts far overpaid by
      willing Banker's loans, being rolled every 90 days in a never ending process,
      as the American peoples are taxed-to-pay. The reasons for said loans soon
      forgotten and become merely a tic upon the page.

      But, I write this not to chide you, just to bring it forth.

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