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In a closed-door meeting Tuesday, American tech firms lambasted the White House and its continued endorsement of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs.
“What the hell are you doing?” said one industry official familiar with the companies’ views, according to the Washington Post. “Are you really hacking into the infrastructure of American companies overseas? The same American companies that cooperate with your lawful orders and spend a lot of money to comply with them to facilitate your intelligence collection?”
The companies included Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, and AT&T, among others, and they pressed the White House to allow them to talk about what the NSA was doing against their networks. That request dovetails with an ongoing lawsuit that many of these companies have filed, asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to grant them more latitude in terms of disclosures of law enforcement requests.