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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: At many other places in the world there are struggling innocents who are being abused by their families and communities, who have nobody to intervene on their behalf. Talk and negotiation are not likely to help in these situations, any more than having a conversation is likely to help someone trapped in a burning building.

    If these children were trapped in a mine shaft instead, few of us would have any qualms about undertaking a risky mission to rescue them, even if there was a risk of the shaft collapsing in the attempt--with potential loss of life of the rescuers or the children--or even if people were shooting at the rescuers.

    I realize it is potentially naive to frame many of today's military excursions as humanitarian rescue missions, given various other nefarious motives in the picture, but I do believe strong collective effort is needed to rescue innocent people from brutal treatment in their communities, or by their governments.

    p.s. I really respect the fact that you have given a thumbs up to these comments despite disagreeing! It is a very honourable discourse which I respect very much.
    • Jul 24 2013: Gar K - Thank you
      I believe in America. 3/4 of a century I have watched with dismay some of
      the decisions made by our government. But, I've always had hope that times
      would change for the better.

      Right now, we are mired in a time when the soft life of privilege has caused
      us to forget to tend the fires. ..As they wink out and grow cold, the wolves of
      greed rise and come closer. There are no guards to protect us. ...The military
      belongs to the wolves. ..A disheartening situation. ...Our peoples no longer
      can remember when we had to be watchful. ..Those who suffered most in the
      past century are today dead. I cry wolf. Not enough for the people to hear.
      They will dance around the maypole, for a while yet.
    • Jul 25 2013: Gar K - You've been an inspiration.
      Congress voted 217-214 to keep the NSA as it is.

      We cannot it seems change the world into a better thing.
      But we can sure as heck try.
      Thank you.

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