It is not just the data that matters in this NSA surveillance mess
0. phoneArena 08 Jun 2013, 04:57 posted on
Several days ago, we broached the issue of Google and trust in the consumer arena, and how people...
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the main issue isn't with the companies involved, it's the government that's the root of the fu.cking issue. They're the ones with guns and jails. Google by itself has no malintent regarding any of their customers, but when the feds come knocking, there's not much they or anyone can do. As the reports state, pretty much every major company is involved in this fiasco.
The pattern of evil is with the government. They're obsessed with secrecy for themselves, but god forbid we want their eyes off us average citizens. Look at Wikileaks and the way the government wanted those involved strung up for treason and espionage, when all Wikileaks did was reveal embarrassing info about the government. Look at Bradley Manning, who exposed corruption and coverups in the military. His life hangs in the balance, after years of solitary confinement and torture he's being court martialed. And all of this data mining was at the request of-you guessed it-the government.
2. papss (unregistered)
Good article Maxwell, that's my thing, it's not the company but that the company could make an easy marketplace to gather my data
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5528; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Frankly, I don't trust a word out of anyone's mouth who is involved in this scandal. The corporations maintain the resource for the government and the government helps itself to the data as and when it sees fit. There is no 4th Ammendment to the US Constitution any longer.
Welcome to life in the corporatocracy.
5. threed61 (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Throughout all of this I have never understood why it does not bother people more that private companies collect even more information about all of us than any government. And for the most part, they are no more open than governments are about what they do with it and more willing to sell it.
7. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
RELAX PEOPLE. This is not a big deal at all. Blown way out of proportion.
9. 14545 (Posts: 1057; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
If you enjoy life under the rule of government then feel free to leave for NK or china. I want LIBERTY. I WANT AN ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT THAT CAN MAINTAIN A BUDGETS UNDER 1 BILLION DOLLARS.
8. 14545 (Posts: 1057; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
ARE YOU LISTENING NOW? I said this when MH posted the original article, I TRUST GOOGLE, BUT I DON"T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT. Now do you see why? Wake up people, it's time to start hanging our politicians for treason, not some peon in the military who leaked our sh!tty officials dirty laundry. IF OUR OFFICIALS DIDN"T HAVE DIRTY LAUNDRY, THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO LEAK. GET IT FOLKS? It's time we have a cleansing of these slimy, greasy, jerkoff politicians and get back to the roots our country and it's constitution. EITHER ADHERE TO THE COTUS OR GTFO OF OFFICE, YOU A$$H0LES. If we had never given the government this much authority to trample the constitution, then we wouldn't have leaks like this every six months. How many times do we, "the people", have to get burnt by these scum for us to learn that there isn't an elected politician on either side that isn't a psychopath and needs to be hung for treason? WaKE UP
10. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Google is not the problem..here is the problem
A "top secret" order by a U.S. secret court — known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was set up in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978..
the Patriot Act in 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and in 2008, with the FISA Amendments Act, following the NSA's widespread unwarranted wiretapping campaign.
So you see, they want to remove all your rights, to make you feel secure and warm...smh
The terrible death of 3,000.. force them to hold hostage a nation of 400 million
11. Valloi (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
I am the first person to tell you that I love my country, but I don't trust my government. That said, I do find it troubling that so many people are so quick to point the finger at the government, yet are so quick to dismiss the other two obvious players in this fiasco: the people (we are the ones who elected these officials) and the companies that provide the pipeline. Everyone is to blame. We wanted convenience, simplicity, etc. We traded our secure and our privacy for it. We should not be surprised or even shocked that once we willingly give certain information and power away, whether because we want security, simplicity, or convenience, we will not get it back, because no matter how much we complain, this pendulum will not swing back the other way. I value my privacy above many things, but I have long realized that it is possibly gone forever.
12. Jodabro (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
:-) These problems will always be alive. People die but spirits live forever. Terrorism will not go away, power thirst will not go away, the desire for liberty will not go away, and so on. As a republic that has lasted longer then any other, it will fall soon. It is not a government designed to last. Especially when the fastest vehicle of today is the internet and can get us from country to country in a second. All country governments are behind the eight ball, there needs to be a world governement to be established in order to keep from the awaiting chaos. But that is the beginning of the end of man.
15. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
and everybody talks about other countries being corrupt.we are right up there with everybody else
16. Ta1k0n (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2013)
The Constitution is still the Law of the land, and the the Declaration of Independence is still the Legal authority of the land. We are Americans. Don't tread on us!