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Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Others Appear to have Responded to PRISM with Coordinated PR Campaign

I found this article comparing several responses from Silicon Valley's CEO's thanks to Spank Rearden's comment which peaked my curiosity. I agree, all the responses from Silicon Valley are eerily similar.


And yes, the PRISM scandal is far, far from over. More and more information keeps leaking out, and the more gets out, the worse it gets. The companies involved have sent out official statements - often by mouth of their CEOs - and what's interesting is that not only are these official statements eerily similar to each other, using the same terms clearly designed by lawyers, they also directly contradict new reports from The New York Times. So, who is lying?

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"Beam splitter" technology

Thanks Rob! Loved the comments at the site, one of which stated that the NSA "could man-in-the-middle attack, and stream traffic from anywhere on the Internet backbone they can put their beam splitters (*cough* prisms...)."

So that's one origin for the term. Another, which I just thought of after seeing the above: PR-ism. It's a new religion, the religion of public relations (as opposed to telling the truth).

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Well arranged

Thanks for putting this together Robhino. I've posted this around my whole network.

Gotta wonder, if the DP community actively spreads this information to each of our respective networks... how directly responsible are we for the very noticeably changing sentiment of distrust for the government?

Sharing articles like this reminds me of this post from a few weeks ago and gives me hope every time I start to delve into the cynicism of "Sometimes wish I could take the blue pill"


Keep it up people!

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds"

Eyewitness statements vary wildly often from each other.

As time passes more and more details will change due to the fallibility of human memory.


That is why it is so important in business to write down the things you don't know, as you don't know them. For example:

1. I didn't know that telling the government they could look at our records meant they actually would do it.

2. I didn't know that our customers would care or disapprove if and when they found out.

3. I didn't know that the phrase 'just following orders' was not a valid legal defense and that I would eventually hang for what I had done, regardless of what I didn't know at the time.

Conclusion: Record keeping is a part of business management.

Pandas eat bugs.

twitter is already loading everything to the government

twitter is already loading everything to the government... all the tweets are stored by the library of congress.

these other companies are obviously going to deny this stuff because they are court ordered under national security laws to deny everything. If they acknowledged anything they open themselves up to treatment like bradley manning.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

Does Twitter share info? Are all Tweets public?

"When you put all this together, it's clear that only one major player had the balls to resist demands from the US government for easier access to user data, and that's Twitter. Everybody else did what they can to make it easier for the US government, which makes their statements, while technically true, incredibly scummy and slithery."

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


Amidst all of this

unprecedented disclosure they are still too lazy to care whether or not 10 tech companies release identical press releases. This is not a good sign that we have/are making any progress whatsoever. If anything it makes me suspicious that all of this crap is coming out intentionally to create a desired narrative.

Beautiful work Rob

Hope it gets on the front page. Everyone needs to understand that the people are being played by both sides. DP'rs should start postbombing the comments section of news articles about this issue with linking this article