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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 24 2013: Once again, I think there have been terrible injustices committed by most of the groups involved.

    I do encourage a thought experiment, though: suppose your own nation, or neighborhood, or state, etc. was being ruled by a fanatical tyrant: neighbours were being taken away, tortured, executed, etc.; the wealth of the region was being channeled into diamond-studded mansions by the dictator. No freedom of speech, for fear of death. Attempts to challenge the regime locally would be suicidal, due to the massive power imbalance.

    Would you, as a citizen in that neighborhood, be okay with the idea of a foreign power (let's say China) who might be seen to have economic interests in the region, intervening militarily to overthrow the dictator?
    I probably would welcome that myself. I could understand many would not. I would have my doubts and fears that the so-called "liberating" army would actually be trying to take advantage of the place in some way, or would disrespect the culture of the neighborhood, etc. I would also be afraid the "liberators" wouldn't actually leave. But still, I would rather something substantial be done, rather than the rest of the world just sitting sympathetically and talking about it and doing little else of help!

    For a discussion of military/violent death rates through history, I refer you to Steven Pinker's TED talk called "the surprising decline in violence." His thesis is that there has been a phenomenal reduction in death rates from violence and war of all sorts, through history, starting with a base rate of 15% (15 000 per 100 000) in early human history, down to 0.3 per 100 000 per year (on average) in the 20th century. This fact does not lessen the terrible horrors of war or violence that we have seen this century, but it does offer hope that we are actually moving forward over time, rather than regressing, in terms of peacefulness, and maybe actually doing some things right.
    • Jul 24 2013: Gar K The library is closed.

      Unfortunately at today's time and place. Innocents are being struck down
      by ill-advised Drones and Hell Fire Missiles.

      Shall I shut my mouth and be quiet when such is occurring?
      Do I read the percentage tables and feel assured that I can sleep well
      when I know the peoples who cry cannot be silent. Their maiming's are
      to horrible. They can only wait to die. 3,000 wee children. How much
      does that rattle the pages of statistics?

      A discussion of death rates, and Steven Pinker's TED talk, cannot mend
      wee children. Cannot bring back innocence - innocent Collateral Damaged
      Dead and Maimed destroyed bodies. Those peoples cannot agree that we
      are maybe actually doing some things right.

      Gar K -- This didn't happen last year. This happened today, last night, all
      the days of last week, and last month, all the days before..

      Throw down your statistics, pick up your compassion.
      Write, Email, Phone, and tell the US President to Stop the murders.

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