New claims have emerged that detail the U.S. Governments involvement in forcing Yahoo! into the NSA'a PRISM program. Allegedly, the government threatened to fine Yahoo! $250,000 per day for refusing to turn over it's users data. The internet giant initially refused to turn over the data claiming the requests were "unconstitutional" but ultimately succumbed to the demands after losing a long legal battle with the government, according to over 1,500 pages of court documents released Thursday.

Details of the PRISM program were published by The Guardian and The Washington Post after Edward Snowden leaked roughly a million top-secret documents to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. The PRISM program allowed the NSA to tap into the user data from major technology companies like Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Apple, and and Facebook. Yahoo! was among the first companies to join the program after losing a legal battle with the government (read the original The Guardian story here).

Glenn Greenwald has published a book and numerous articles on the controversial and unconstitutional NSA practices. Greenwald has long reported on the NSA and the potential abuse of power by the U.S. government, but his journalistic efforts have increased dramatically after he received a treasure trove of top-secret documents from Edward Snowden. Greenwald now publishes such articles for The Intercept, which has recently been banned by the U.S. Military (

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