The Commercial Republic Strikes Back

Booz Allen Hamilton may have a job on its hands to keep all its government contracts. Firing Edward Snowden was an unsurprising move today–just a little piece of defending their brand against the many other pigs at the national security trough. Blackwater/Xe/Academi were and are small-time operators compared with virtuosos of the revolving door like Booz.

Google’s letter to the Attorney General was interesting to me for its firm, consistent tone–like a teacher chastising a misbehaving pupil:

Google has worked tremendously hard over the past fifteen years to earn our users’ trust (quit messing with our coolness, you ignorant dopes) … We have consistently pushed back on overly broad government requests for our users’ data (get some focus, you annoying rent-seeking rascals) … We therefore ask you to help make it possible for Google to publish in our Transparency Report aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures (keeping OUR Ministry of Enlightenment and Propaganda on track is a whole lot more important to the future of the world than whatever you are planning in your little government sandbox) … Google has nothing to hide (unlike you dirty things) … Google appreciates that you authorized the recent disclosure of general numbers for national security letters (just a reminder that in the long run we are the sovereigns here, in case you didn’t do your homework which is to reread Citizens United once a day) … Transparency here will likewise serve the public interest without harming national security (could you just get with the program without your usual dithering?)

Who really has the bigger (zettabyte?!) data center here?

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