When the very tenets the country are founded on are tossed aside in secret, one has to wonder where those who are supposed to represent us are. Perhaps all of the complaints about "activist" judges are really a sign that the system is broken on basic levels. That the rule of law has been perverted so far beyond what ever was intended, and rather than put the rights of citizens first the rights of corporations to gather unlimited, unrestricted data all while wrapped up in the flag of stopped "terrorism" needs to ring much more hollow. Perhaps it really is time that those charged with stopping these abuses of the system themselves face charges.
What they have allowed to happen in the name of stopping terrorism has made them much worse than the terrorists. I have greater fear of what the Government or its corporate sponsors are doing with this data than any fear that some nutter with a gun might do. We are funding the people terrorizing us and this is the height of insanity.
because secret legal systems to protect secret law breaking is the best system.
You'd think if Anonymous had done the exact same things these officials did, there would be a worldwide person hunt. I mean they nudged PayPal and people were threatened with huge fines and sentences... one would hope that the people who sold out their citizens, violated every supposed right of those citizens, and continue to hide how far they have gone might face more than some skiddies who nudged a website.
JUST KIDDING. Nothing will happen, nothing will change. They no longer answer to the people who put them in power, and those people don't seem to give a shit. Let the world burn. Perhaps when the flames finally get big enough, destroy enough, people might wonder how all of this happened while they were busy ignoring it. Let them look up to the people who wasted time trying to save them all along and scream save us, because we'll probably say no.
Welcome to 'Merica. Where it doesn't matter how it sounds to all of you, but instead a small group who needs others to be held down to feel lifted. As long as people care more about abortion, gay marriage, and a host of other non-important issues there is no air left to ask why in the blue blazes was this done. People can't imagine it happening to them, because they are good people (tm). And when it finally does, everyone else just thinks they just weren't good people (tm) who deserved it.
At some point we really need these people to stop answering emails from Nigerian Princes, discussing the secret Muslim hand signals hidden in Obama's last speech, and make them understand that they are the problem. The apathy towards serious issues while they busy themselves trying to make reality bend to their will over absolute crap.
"When all the players in the digital ecosystem cooperate and work together, it is possible to create an online environment in which legitimate commerce thrives, jobs are created and consumers receive content how, when and where they want it," said John McKay, NBC spokesman."
And when the fsck did you plan on actually working together rather than just trying to dictate your terms?
He made our sponsors look bad, so we went all out. We even went after his mom.
This case was/is about attempting to frighten people into not questioning authority. When those charged with upholding the law of the land are the first to attempt to pervert it, perhaps it is time to examine the whole system.
While the threats are not good things, It should be fairly clear that he was facing stupid amounts of pressure and was not 'in his right mind' when statements were made.
I find it telling that even after all of this time, they do not appear to have looked into what Stratfor and similar companies have been up to. I guess having enough power and "friends" means the law isn't applied as it should be.
any challenge has to be viewed as a threat to be wiped out. For all the talk of a free market and competition they hope that we will not notice these petty attacks. Anything that rocks the boat must be eliminated... in a country founded on rocking the boat. What have we become.
And if they'd like this, what are the terms for them repaying all of the cash we've given them to do what they never actually did do? I'm sure with the billions we've given them over time we could find someone willing to run wires. Perhaps if it is to difficult for them to do it, it is time to pay some upstarts to come in and shake things up.
I'm sure for billions Google could wire up lots of places, and maybe re-purpose some POTS lines to offer service to those the monopolies just want to hand off to each other.
It will be interesting to see which snakeoil salesman they listened to. Nearly every 'magic bullet' system out there seems to have been started by an insider, who then is quickly bought off, and in a few years they discover the system was pointless/worthless. The only people getting rich are the charlatans and the lawyers.
To be clear I think they are disturbed that citizens are now aware of how complicit in the spying on everyone who touched an ATT network they were. The conversation isn't impossible because of a logo, it is impossible because the company refuses to admit for how long, how deep, and how helpful they were to these programs. They didn't give a damn when they were being paid to assist but suddenly they worry about their image.
And in the chase for a few more pennies, they proceed to do what the printer industry did. They will end up spending more money on legal fees in the end, than this master plan will earn them.
They really should consider replacing their CEO with someone who can look beyond dreams of quick cash to see that this didn't work every other time it was done in multiple industries, and perhaps they should pursue other ideas to help the revenue stream.