Amazon now has the means, motive and opportunity to provide huge amounts of customer information to its new business partner -- the CIA.
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world. And the company has signed a $600 million contract to provide “cloud computing” services to the Central Intelligence Agency.
“We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA,” Amazon says.
Click here to sign a petition to Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. Tell him to make a legally binding promise that Amazon will not provide customer information to the CIA.
Amazon’s “Privacy Notice” has loopholes big enough to fly a drone through: “We release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our Conditions of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Amazon.com, our users, or others.”
The $600 million Amazon-CIA deal has cranked up the basis for massive abuse. Amazon is being paid a huge sum to keep the secrets of an agency that is central to the U.S. surveillance state.
Amazon now averages 162 million unique visitors to its sites every month. The firm’s business model depends on accumulating and analyzing huge quantities of personal data. Meanwhile, the CIA depends on gathering and analyzing data to serve U.S. military interventions overseas.
Sign our petition to challenge the Amazon-CIA partnership.
During the last dozen years, the CIA has conducted ongoing drone strikes and covert lethal missions in many countries. Meanwhile, U.S. agencies like the CIA and NSA have flattened many previous obstacles to Big Brother behavior.
The circumstances are ominous. Amazon is now hosting a huge computing cloud for the CIA’s secrets -- a digital place where data for mass surveillance and perpetual war are converging.
Click here to tell Jeff Bezos and the rest of Amazon’s top executives: We want you to make a legally binding commitment to customers that Amazon will not provide customer data to the Central Intelligence Agency.
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