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NYT: Yahoo Fought PRISM, Citing its Unconstitutionality Before Secret Court Ruling Forced It to Participate

Update: Greenwald tweets of this story:

Pardon, but ah, I thought Obama said he welcomed debate on this? NYT reports:

In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers made their case. The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional.

The judges disagreed. That left Yahoo two choices: Hand over the data or break the law.

So Yahoo became part of the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program, Prism, according to leaked N.S.A. documents, as did seven other Internet companies.

Like almost all the actions of the secret court, which operates under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the details of its disagreement with Yahoo were never made public beyond a heavily redacted court order, one of the few public documents ever to emerge from the court. The name of the company had not been revealed until now. Yahoo’s involvement was confirmed by two people with knowledge of the proceedings. Yahoo declined to comment.

Read it all here, if your brain hasn't already imploded from the past week's fast & furious (pun definitely intended) revelations: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/technology/secret-court-ru...

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Secret Court.... Has a ring

Secret Court.... Has a ring to it don't you think?

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

"Secret Storm" + "Night Court"?

don't know whether to laugh or cry

Verizon and a couple others

Verizon and a couple others were likely in the same situation. When the whole issue with the MPAA and people torrenting music was a popular news topic, Verizon had already refused to monitor what people were up to for them. Comcast on the other hand gladly said yes.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.


A lot of people who work for these companies get strong-armed into doing this sort of thing for the feds. I'm not defending any of them individually or as a group, but at the same time I realize that not all of the parties involved with this necessarily *want* to be involved.

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