Americans are still trying to get a handle on the full extent of the government’s domestic spying activities, including the recent revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting and storing the email address books of ordinary Americans using online messaging services. Many users of such services are looking to tech executives for answers.
But tech executives claim they have no choice but to comply. As Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer explained at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, it’s “treason” to disobey the NSA. “It generally lands you incarcerated.”
Those who think she’s engaging in hyperbole need only look to the case of former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio.
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