NSA Paid Google, Microsoft, Others Millions for PRISM Aid

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fonzy

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It's pretty obvious this shit won't stop until people are arrested and sent to prison.... Which won't happen. The only people the government is going after are the people who are coming forward telling Americans what there doing behind their backs.
 

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Take them to court, who are you going to take to court, the entirety of Congress and the NSA? Always expecting other people to fight your battles for you. It isn't going to stop until Americans grow some spine and realize that protests are not just for people in the middle east. They aren't just day long sit ins downtown while you chat with some hippies about making granola. People around the world are losing their lives to overthrow governments they don't believe in and in the meantime people in the US go "What, a protest? Am I going to have to miss work for that?"
 

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kinggraves, while I agree about the impossibility of jail, the fact that there are not protests only means that people would rather have stability and surveillance than the instability caused by mass protests. Also if this is the course of action you are recommending, just remember that the estimated number of casualties is now over 100,000, with no stability and Egypt has recently had a military coup, is in the midst of more protests. I would propose that is instead the job of Americans to proxy services and web encryption to protect themselves from clear government overreach.
 

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I....am so damn sick of hearing reports about the NSA spying on people. If it's such a big god damn deal to you (writers of TH) then revolt. Start a freaking revolution. Posting article after article AFTER ARTICLE about the same damn thing every day is so freaking annoying! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!
 

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Wasn't it already clear that tax dollars paid for this? We really need a smoking gun to prove something that should have been easily understood from the get go? If the government does ANYTHING it is with tax dollars. People do realize that all communication companies will turn over information (given court approval, which IS the problem here... NOT the money) if requested legally and these companies charge a fee to do so as stated by Yahoo. This isn't new, they have been doing this same process for years with the RIAA. Obviously, the problem is the mistakes the government has made and invading people privacy with no legal oversight or justification.
 

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Taxpayers essentially paid companies be compliant with the government that in turn snoops on the taxpayer.

Not entirely true, the NSA spies on the whole world, even its allies - the US taxpayer is just part of the larger operation
 

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It is sad the US Government (Democrats, Republicans, other parties, and indipendents) blatantly ignore the 4th Amendment :(

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
 

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This is an example of poor journalism. Reading the title may make readers think that the NSA paid the corporations money in return for their cooperation. The article states that the NSA just paid for the PRISM expenditures, which is just normal operation, and doesn't warrant an article at all. If the NSA didn't even cover the costs of their own program, then we got a problem.
 

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Who's writing these articles? Tom's or the Guardian.

This is nearly the exact same wording as used on the Guardian, and they're known for making it more sensationalist than it is.

THE NSA DID NOT PAY THESE COMPANIES TO SPY. The NSA only reimbursed for costs related to legal warrants. If people payed more attention to what happened between the lines than getting hooked by false headlines then we'd be better off.
 
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