An intelligence leak has revealed PRISM, a massive US NSA data mining operation spying on people’s data shared through Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, and others. Outrageous, but ultimately not surprising, given that President Obama has, disappointingly, shown himself all too willing to continue his predecessor’s expansion of powers to invade privacy in the name of national security.

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Update: More from Guardian on the whistleblower: Edward Snowden.

Counterpoint from Kurt Eichenwald and David Simon (most famous for The Wire).