Today, 60 of the world's major internet companies like Google and Facebook, advocacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and investors including Y Combinator have written to Washington urging the administration to allow more transparency following the recent disclosures detailing extensive federal surveillance programs of global internet users.
Honestly, do some people actually think this is plausible? "I'm tired of sun and beautiful beaches, I hate my job and I want to break up with my girlfriend, but I hate uncomfortable conversations -- I know! I'll become a whistleblower and go on the run! I'd rather be hunted by the government than my ex." It would be funny if it weren't so deadly serious.
Well, here it is. After weeks, months, and even years, the scandal has arrived. The scandal that may forever tarnish the Obama presidency: Prism, the top-secret NSA surveillance program that has been harvesting data from nearly every social network service and the world's leading internet companies. Your personal information and mine and that of everyone you know is being hoovered up and examined and gleaned for whatever information the NSA considers pertinent. This is governmental overreach at its worst. An overwhelming example of the "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely" adage.