The United Nations lacks legitimacy since it refuses to act on the US drone assassinations. Currently, Democracy Now! and the London Guardian are doing more to hold the US accountable than the UN, for both drone assassinations and the unwarranted collection of citizen e-mails in the US and around the world. -- Censored NewsWatch Friday's edition of Democracy Now!
The National Security Agency has obtained access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft and other Internet firms, giving the government the ability to collect emails, search history and live chats of users around the world. Details about the PRISM program were first published in The Guardian and The Washington Post. The disclosure came one day after The Guardian revealed the Obama administration is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon business customers. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the scope of the NSA program also includes customers of AT&T and Sprint. In addition, the Journal reports the NSA is collecting details about credit card transactions. On Thursday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein defended the government’s actions.
Common Dreams said of the invasive spy program, "They have all your emails. All your credit card transactions. All your Google searches. All the websites you visit. All your phone calls. All your text messages. All your online activity."