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President, Tech CEOs Discuss IT Reforms, NSA Data Collecting

President Barack Obama meets with technology executives at the White House in Washington, Dec. 17, 2013. From left, Mark Pincus, founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga; Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, Obama, and Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T.
President Barack Obama meets with technology executives at the White House in Washington, Dec. 17, 2013. From left, Mark Pincus, founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga; Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, Obama, and Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T.
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President Barack Obama has met with executives from technology giants, including Apple and Google, one day after a judge ruled the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans likely violates the U.S. Constitution.
 
White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday said the president and vice president discussed national security and economic impacts of the government's unauthorized intelligence disclosures. It was not clear if the recent court ruling was brought up during the meeting.

The White House said the president listened to the groups' concerns and recommendations, while reasserting his belief in an open and free Internet.

Many of the technology companies have urged the president to constrain surveillance programs after they discovered the extent of the information the government collects through their systems. Several companies are introducing more encryption technology to protect users' data from hackers and government spies.

Carney said President Obama also discussed government information technology reforms to maximize "innovation efficiency." He revealed performance improvements and capacity issues with the administration's HealthCare.gov website and announced Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene would lead the overhaul of the embattled website, starting Wednesday.

Tuesday's meeting at the White House also included executives from Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Comcast and LinkedIn.

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by: Jan Brady from: California
December 17, 2013 5:27 PM
History has witnessed almost every kind of dictatorship imaginable, but what Americans are facing in the 21st century is a form of totalitarianism so pernicious that it is able to camouflage its unified agenda behind a veil of contrived partisan politics that tricks people into believing they have choice and freedom, when in reality the entire country and the office of president has been seized by a cabal of corporate looters.

This cabal manufactured Brand Obama just as they will manufacture future presidents as mere figureheads for Totalitarianism 2.0 – a new form of tyranny which places large corporations and military-industrial complex titans above the law with diplomatic immunity, while exploiting the office of president to achieve a fusion of corporate and state dictatorship via executive fiat.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.” Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope.

The office of president is now merely a rubber stamp for the machinations of a global elite that rule the world through secret societies, private organizations, think tanks and huge transnational corporations, all of which combine to form the “military-industrial complex” and the “technological elite” that Eisenhower warned Americans about in his farewell speech over 50 years ago, the same special interests Barry Goldwater outed during his presidential campaign.

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