When Yahoo didn’t comply with a National Security Agency request to hand over user data under the PRISM surveillance program, the US government threatened it with daily fines of $250K, the company has revealed.
Ron Bell, Yahoo’s general counsel, said in a blog post, that the company “refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the US Government’s authority.”
The PRISM electronic data mining program was first exposed by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Almost all the major US tech firms were listed as participants in the program.
The details of Yahoo’s attempt to resist joining the program come as a federal court judge unsealed 1,500 pages on Thursday related to a case the company filed with the Federal Intelligence Service Court (FISA), which provides legal authority in surveillance requests. Yahoo eventually lost the case on appeals.
But despite the partial declassification, some of the documents remain sealed, “unknown even to our team,” Bell said. “The released documents underscore how we had to fight every step of the way to challenge the US Government’s surveillance efforts.”
“At one point, the US Government threatened the imposition of $250,000 in fines per day if we refused to comply,” Bell wrote.
“A decision to open FISC or FISC-R records to the public is extremely rare, “ he added in his blog. “Now that the FISC-R has agreed to unseal the proceedings at our request, we are working to make these documents available.”
Yahoo’s general counsel said the pages will be made available on its blog page.
We discuss ‘de-dollarization’ and ‘dumb’ bills which would reverse the ‘Truth in Lending’ Act. In the second half, Max interviews Jerome Booth, author of “Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World,” about sanctions, emerging market investments and the Argentine default.
For years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has maintained that the combined influenza vaccine, which was first administered during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu season, is perfectly safe and actually encouraged for pregnant women. But a new study published in the journal Human and Environmental Toxicology (HET) reveals that, following the mass administration of the untested dual vaccine, which contains the mercury-based preservative Thimerosal, miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women who received it skyrocketed by an astounding 4,250 percent. …
A new report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is being used by western media to grease the skids for President Obama’s upcoming air campaign inside Syria.
According to the report, “compelling evidence” indicates that chlorine gas was “systematically and repeatedly” used throughout northern Syria this year.
Although the report did not place blame on either Assad or the opposing “rebels,” western media outlets wasted no time in pointing fingers toward the Syrian government despite the claim already being completely dismantled late last year.
“Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons a year ago following global outrage over a sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, in August 2013 that killed hundreds – the worst attack of its kind for quarter of a century,” Reuters wrote.
In fact, no major media outlets made mention of the ample body of evidence contradicting the official White House narrative on the Aleppo and Ghouta chemical attacks.
The Aleppo chemical attack, which occured in March of 2013, was immediately used to push for further intervention into Syria despite the lack of an official investigation.
Shortly after, Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, argued that evidence gathered from medical staff and those on scene appeared to point to the western-backed jihadist rebels.
“This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she said.
Months later after a similar attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, the same narrative unfolded before investigators were even given a chance to survey the area.
The narrative quickly eroded after a group of rebel jihadists admitted to obtaining chemical weapons from Saudi Arabia in an interview with Mint Press News. …