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Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook

So it's not just Verizon or cell carriers:

" Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan "Your privacy is our priority" – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007.

It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012. The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online.

Collectively, the companies cover the vast majority of online email, search, video and communications networks."


Whatever form of communication you use that isn't a wall phone in your home or a written letter in the mail, it's either already under surveillance, or it will be by the time they're done.

So why is it all this surveillance hasn't caught any of the mass shooters or bombers of the past 6 years?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 9:24 AM on Jun. 9, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No kidding. What exactly are they using it for? It obviously isn't to catch the bad guys.

    Answer by kmath at 9:52 AM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • I was thinking the same thing when I heard about this on the news. It has not worked.

    Answer by louise2 at 11:20 AM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • I'm just sitting back wondering where all of the outrage is. The current claim is that it prevented the subways in New York being blown up in 2009. Strange how they pimp every little thing they consider a success but very little info in this planned attack? What gives?

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:29 PM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • I wonder if they get so bombarded with pointless, meaningless communication that they can't filter out dangerous activity and catch plotters? I mean, think how much unimportant chatter is out there.

    Answer by Ballad at 4:55 PM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • Ok then...So somebody sure in the hell dropped the ball on the Boston bombings...

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 12:05 AM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • As we say good-bye to privacy we don't even have the luxury of saying hello to security.

    This was never about security anyway, it was about control.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

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