National Security Agency, FBI tap tech giants for online user data

  • Article by: Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras , Washington Post
  • Updated: June 7, 2013 - 5:24 AM

Facebook, Google, YouTube, Apple said to be part of program.

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uknowthagodJun. 6, 1310:24 PM

President Obama, what on earth did you do to Candidate Obama. It's like Bush turned him from Anikin Skywalker to Darth Vader....

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justanother1Jun. 6, 1310:30 PM

Lets find out if the Judges ruling on this were elected by the people or appointed by the Corporation.

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KezzekJun. 6, 1310:45 PM

Madness.

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cman2500Jun. 6, 1310:51 PM

The disclosures involving this (and the prior) administration's Big Brother surveillance state, which would make Nixon blush with envy are now coming fast and furious (one wonders - why now: even that bastion of liberalism the NY Times, has turned against Obama). Although while the Guardian's overnight news that Verizon (and most certainly AT&T as well among others) was cooperating with the NSA on spying on US citizens, so far at least the internet seemed, if only to the great unwashed masses, immune. That is no longer the case following news from the WaPo exposing PRISM, a highly classified program, which has not been disclosed publicly before. " What PRISM does is to allow the NSA and the FBI to tap directly "into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time." Enjoy your hope Obama supporters only: How much will it take for you to drop your support of this administration? There has to be a limit, right?And blaming Bush for this is a cop out he shares some of the blame but Really ? I voted for Obama in 08. It took me a year and a half before I realized he was not almost as bad as Bush but actually worse. the reason I say he's worse is because he has the same agenda, but when Bush was there people protested loudly. remember the protests when he wanted to take us to war with Iraq, and when people found out about Patriot Act? When bush was there people cared. Now that Obama is there if I criticize his policies they call me a right wing extremist. I tell them I was a 20 year democrat until last year, I finally went independent. They just call me a liar and a troll, and whatever else they can come up with to defend Obama.

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shorty12bJun. 6, 1310:52 PM

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The knee jerk reactions caused by a serious act of terrorism in the passing of legislation called "The Patriot Act" in effect have taken away many of our long established freedoms and a basic erosion of our democratic system.

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minnfidel11Jun. 6, 1311:17 PM

There comes a point in time where the people in charge need to feel the wrath of the people they are supposed to serve. Whether it be using the IRS to target political opponents or the deterioration of our rights, The people in charge ought to be held accountable. Sadly, they won't, It will be denial and deflection by their lackey's and those blinded by ideology.

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tituspulloJun. 6, 1311:18 PM

I find the hysterics about this extremely amusing. Bush authorized extensive spying and eavesdropping dozens of times since 2001, both international calls and domestic email. Citizens are already being data-mined by numerous corporations, with that information being sold to the highest bidder. In fact, there are no less than 10 trackers on this website right now. Your smartphone tracks your movement, your Onstar tracks your cars whereabouts, you leave a digital trail with every swipe of a card, or login. But the funniest part is the Obama haters that are outraged over Obama continuing a program that was started under Bush...a program that 99% of them applauded and questioned the patriotism of anyone against it...after all, we were told "if you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?" These same people are the first to cry that the administration was not doing enough to keep us safe, as many of them did when Boston happened. The genie is out of the bottle...you let it loose after 9/11 and you'll never stuff it back again. Congratulations ....the terrorists won.

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jpcooperJun. 6, 1311:25 PM

I can hear Obama and Holder in 2 part harmony.... "I did not know about it"

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mnbusdrJun. 6, 1311:33 PM

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of goodwill to remain silent in the face of evil." --- ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT, November 06, 2001

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raybeamJun. 7, 1312:02 AM

As we've seen with driver license information, individuals within government will abuse access to this information. In contrast, the public needs better access to monitor our government. As an example, it's still verboten to record a judge and their open courtroom proceedings.

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