NSA gag order on internet companies
Jun 15, 2013
When the NSA suveillance scandal hit the news last week, most of the big internet companies denied that they were participating in the NSA program. But now we are being told that those internet companies are under a "gag order" preventing them from acknowledging the truth.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government orders to turn over user data.
The announcements Friday night come at the end of a week when Facebook, Microsoft and Google, normally rivals, had jointly pressured the Obama administration to loosen their legal gag on national security orders.
So whatever denials these companies issued last week cannot be trusted, because it is virtually guaranteed that the NSA forced them to lie. The more illegal or unconstitutional activities the government agencies do, the more they have to keep it secret from the public. The more secretive a government is, the more it claims the right to lie. And the more they drag other people and companies into their web of deceit, the more they force others to lie to cover for them.
Thanks, Mr. NSA, for giving us one more big reason why we need to replace the United Surveillance States of America with the honest government of the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Stephen Jones