With Prism Cooperation, Tech Giants Look Weak

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As the fallout continues to rain down from recent reports about the NSA snooping on millions of phone calls and terabytes of Web traffic, the spin campaign from both the government and the technology companies allegedly involved in the program has reached a fever pitch. First there were strenuous denials from the likes of Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, followed by broad hints that they cooperated only because they were trying to make things easier on their users—and then leaked reports that some were essentially forced at gunpoint to do the NSA’s bidding.

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