By Brent Daggett
Contributing writer for End the Lie
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“People won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs.
On December 9, major internet corporations such as AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo collaborated on an open letter to President Obama and Congress urging them to reign in government surveillance.
The letter, which has appeared in several newspapers across the country, expressed these sentiments:
“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual- rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. this undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure-deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in
At a time when Wall Street is absolutely swimming in wealth, New York City is experiencing an epidemic of homelessness. According to the New York Times, the last time there was this many homeless children in New York City was during the days of the Great Depression. And the number of homeless children in the United States overall recently set a new all-time record. As I mentioned yesterday, there are now 1.2 million public school kids in America that are homeless, and that number has gone up by about 72 percent since the start of the last recession. As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and yet the number of young kids that don’t even have a roof over their heads at night just keeps skyrocketing. There truly are “two Americas” today, and unfortunately most Americans that live in “good America” don’t seem to really care too much about the extreme suffering that is going on in “bad America”. In the end, what kind of price will we all pay for neglecting the most vulnerable members of our society?
If you live in “good America”, I very much encourage you
The “coming persecution of Christians” has already begun. It is already here. So why is the mainstream media in the United States almost totally silent about this phenomenon? When some politician somewhere around the globe inadvertently offends homosexuals or Muslims, it instantly makes headline news. But very few Americans are even aware that it has been estimated that 100 million Christians are currently facing persecution and that approximately 100,000 Christians die for their faith each year. As you are about to see, Christians all over the world are being burned alive, beheaded, crucified, tortured to death and imprisoned in metal shipping containers just because of what they believe. This persecution goes on year after year and it is steadily intensifying. But the governments of the western world and the mainstream media are almost entirely ignoring what is happening.
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Adan Salazar | Reporters want to ensure they weren’t “having their activities monitored by the government.”
Joe Wolverton II J.D. | On December 3, the House of Representatives passed a bill banning the manufacture, possession, and sale of plastic guns.
asheepnomore.net | Call your senator and tell them to vote no to the Cyber Security Amendment attached to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.
Tenth Amendment Center | Proposed legislation would keep Arizona from giving material support to the spy agency.
csmonitor.com | The effort is called “parole in place,” and it aims to end rampant confusion among immigration officials.
Thomas DiLorenzo | This morning’s paper had a typical ad by a bankster soliciting deposits.
The Christian Science Monitor | More executive orders by Obama.