NYT: Yahoo Fought PRISM, Citing its Unconstitutionality Before Secret Court Ruling Forced It to ParticipateSubmitted by LapHog on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 13:54
Update: Greenwald tweets of this story:
If PRISM is the innocent, innocuous trivial drop-box some now claim, why was Yahoo in court vehemently resisting it? http://t.co/t32WurWT4c
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 14, 2013
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...