It’s an open secret that Steve Jobs had a green badge with the CIA, and if Steve (I’m a fan by-the-way) had a badge makes you wonder who else…

May be time for America to re-think its priorities when it comes to spying on citizens, period. I don’t think too many people are ok with giving up a batch of civil liberties in exchange for Washington’s “blue pill.” And what about holding Silicone Valley accountable? Who’s asking the hard questions? Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo and the others need to start pushing back a bit on Uncle Sam or they’re going to start losing what little trust consumers have, and this translates to the bottom line.

I’d personally trust Steve Jobs any day, but very few of the others. The true litmus test for me is to ask myself, what would the founding fathers of the United States of America think of all of this?

How America’s Top Tech Companies Created the Surveillance State

Silicon Valley Tech CompaniesWith Edward Snowden on the run in Russia and reportedly threatening to unveil the entire “blueprint” for National Security Agency surveillance, there’s probably as much terror in Silicon Valley as in Washington about what he might expose. The reaction so far from private industry about the part it has played in helping the government spy on Americans has ranged from outraged denial to total silence. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, he of the teen-nerd hoodie, said he’d never even heard of the kind of data-mining that the NSA leaker described—then fell quiet. Google cofounder Larry Page declared almost exactly the same thing; then he shut up, too. Especially for the libertarian geniuses of Silicon Valley, who take pride in their distance (both physically and philosophically) from Washington, the image-curdling idea that they might be secretly in bed with government spooks induced an even greater reluctance to talk, perhaps, than the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which conveniently forbids executives from revealing government requests for information.