Per the Wall Street Journal:
Eight U.S. technology giants are making a joint appeal to reform government surveillance activities, following a stream of disclosures about actions by the National Security Agency.
Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL–bitter rivals in some cases–are issuing an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress along with a set of reform principles to better safeguard the information of Internet users.
A shorter version of the open letter is appearing in full-page ads in the Monday editions of several print publications, including The New York Times and several D.C.-focused newspapers, including the Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call and The Hill.
“This summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide,” the ad reads in part. “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual–rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.”
That they are advertising this reveals the extent of the damage the traitor Edward Snowden did not just to those in America combatting terrorism, but those great American tech companies leading the world.