Doug Bedell — August 22, 2013, 11:26 am

Schneier: ‘NSA Is Commandeering the Internet’

Bruce Schneier is really upset about the continuing disclosures of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) monitoring of the Internet (like the one in today’s Wall Street Journal that NSA has been rapped by the secret national-security court itself for collecting “purely domestic communications without sufficient privacy protection.”)

“Bluntly,” Schneier writes, “The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we’ve learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it’s easier that way.

“I have one message to the executives of those companies, fight…” Companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft and others are losing the trust of their customers, Schneier warns.

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