Friday, June 14, 2013

Secret Courts Equal Secret Decisions, and the Internet Gets Powned

Yahoo! went to secret court, secret lost.
We're secret doomed. Somebody blow their secret whistle!

Here's the crux of the matter:
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers made their case. The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional.
The judges disagreed. That left Yahoo two choices: Hand over the data or break the law.
So Yahoo became part of the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program, Prism, according to leaked N.S.A. documents, as did seven other Internet companies.
There it is in a nutshell: A secret court delivers a secret decision that Yahoo! can't appeal because it's secret.

I'm not conspiracy-driven, and this isn't even a conspiracy. It's just a bad law that won't let itself be tested in the courts. This is not fucking America, or maybe it is.

Lindsey Graham is all for censoring the mail.
Thank god there's no model for an overreaching state.

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