Emails Reveal CLOSE Google Relationship with NSA

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I'm struggling to know how to start this. I suppose I can say again how happy I am that I rely on Google for as little as possible, if anything. Once again, my instincts serve me well.

Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after last year’s revelations about NSA spying.

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.

But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.

Credit Al Jazeera America

Which companies resisted?

Civil liberties groups and such technology leaders as Microsoft and Apple Inc objected, in part because the code could be broken and presented a security risk, and eventually the administration backed down.

Credit Reuters

How is it that Google is still loved and respected? I think you have to have a special kind of apathy to still support our lady of perpetual beta.

Google's moral and ethical fiber is so weak that it could be considered akin to tissue paper.