Loss of Privacy

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It may take a few years, but Edward Snowden will eventually be welcomed back to the US as a patriot, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern told RT America. Along with the Government Accountability Project’s Jesselyn Radack, McGovern joined RT’s Ameera David to discuss Snowden’s impact on the world, one year after the whistleblower’s initial release of classified National Security Agency documents. Revealing wide ranging surveillance of ordinary citizens and governments alike, the revelations set off a fierce debate that still continues. RT’s expert panel discusses.

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M51Xt44In case you haven’t seen this chart before, the breakup of the Bell was a good thing. Unfortunately, after dividing into baby Bells, they just started acquiring each other again until a few choices were left.

Not on the list as they weren’t part of the original Bell network, T-Mobile is now being acquired by Softbank, which owns Sprint.

Similar trends can be seen in the airline industry.

020113-airlines-v3bIt’s happened in the railroad industry as well.

railroad_mergers_chartThe oil industry is also not immune.

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Internet service providers (ISPs) are slightly more diverse, but most Americans don’t really have a choice as only monopolies exist in their area already. With proposed mergers, that choice nationwide could get even smaller.

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The consolidation of banking has also happened.

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To get a better grasp on the banking, here is JPMorgan Chase alone.

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From NBC:

Snowden walked out of the NSA with tens of thousands of documents on thumb drives, documents that he says he has released to journalists. These documents disclosed the global reach of U.S. intelligence, including descriptions of government surveillance of U.S. telephone and email records, tapping of undersea fiber-optic cables carrying internet traffic, and accessing Yahoo and Google’s internal user data without either company’s knowledge.

When Williams asked, “Do you see yourself as a patriot,” Snowden answered immediately.

“I do,” he said. “I think patriot is a word that’s — that’s thrown around so much that it can devalued nowadays. But being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the — the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who, you know, need a little bit more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and — and simple overreach and — and things that — that should never have been tried, or — or that went wrong.”

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