Yeah, I’d say coercion took place, and once a monetary value was affixed Yahoo surrendered it’s constitutional concerns.
They say everybody has a price, I suppose the $250,000 per was Yahoo’s.
What Yahoo, Google, and others should have done was coalesced, stood firm, and publicized every single thing they had related to this governmental coercion.
Had they of the entire dynamic would of changed and the country would be the better for it , now it’s about attempting to reverse firmly entrenched policies, agencies, and an emboldened in your face if you don’t like it too bad.
FISC ruled in favor of the government – that’s a real shocker isn’t it?
Can anyone cite an example when they haven’t, or when politicians have voted against funding for these programs?
Who do you think paid for the massive “intelligence” compound in Utah, for the continuation of such programs?
You as a taxpayer did, and yet you have zero input – now that’s “representative government” isn’t it, make people pay to be spied upon? Talk about adding insult to injury.
Even the asinine internet pundits who say well, if you aren’t doing anything wrong you have nothing to be concerned about have come to realize the idiocy of such a statement.
If it’s merely about you aren’t doing anything wrong never close the door or draw the curtains in your house – invite the neighborhood to open and read your snail mail, post a daily update on the telephone pole describing every event that takes place in your home from the bedroom to the bathroom – include a comprehensive list of your bills and payment history, your work history and school records. Include everything pertaining to your children.
Begin spying on your neighbors, encourage your children to form a youth group to keep tabs on their parents like the Nazi’s did, and all the while tell yourself it is somehow different because this is America – a “democracy”.
The word hero gets loosely thrown a round a lot these days – I believe history, if it is an honest one and not recorded as the dictate of a dysfunctional government will remember individuals like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden as twenty first century heroes, at the very least miners canaries who sounded the alarm…..and deservedly so.