Friday, June 7, 2013

Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

From the Washington Post:
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

To paraphrase Matt Taibbi, the NSA and the F.B.I. working their slithery tongues deep into the dirty orifices of these companies are rampant vampire squid sucklings wrapped around our most intimate activities, relentlessly jamming their blood funneling tongues all up in everybody's business. The Rubicon is crossed. For your convenience and entertainment I've compiled a list of the companies named in the documents, their corporate slogans, and my commentary:
Google "Don't be evil"
when They get all up in your servers
Facebook "Connect with friends and the world around you"
and have your privacy violated by law enforcement 
Apple "Think Different"
about illegal and unconstitutional invasions of privacy
Yahoo! "Do you...Yahoo!?"
'cause if you do...THEY ARE RIGHT ON YER ASS
Microsoft "Be What's Next"
across the Rubicon without a paddle
Skype "Take a Deep Breath"
and don't cry over spilt secrets
PalTalk "More than video chat"
also unconstitutional surveillance
AOL "It's on!"
and goes straight to law enforcement
YouTube "Broadcast Yourself"
Oh don't bother, They already know