by Rainey Reitman, Activist Post
Today, President Obama is meeting with prominent American tech companies to discuss the ongoing NSA spying controversy.
This comes just two days after Rajesh De, the general counsel of the NSA, stated before a government oversight board that tech companies were legally mandated to assist the government in mass surveillance programs and companies were aware of the surveillance. Specifically, the general counsel indicated that the collection under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act was carried out with the “full knowledge and assistance of any company from which information is obtained.” De indicated that tech companies probably just didn’t know the word PRISM—which is the name of the Internet data mining program that was leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden—because it was “an internal government term” for the program.
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