"Companies typically do not yield to government interference unless they feel there is something to their advantage. Does anyone really believe that NSA would arrest FaceBook's CEO if it did not comply with a random, illegal order? Please." [...] Companies could stand up to these NSA orders and most likely beat them if they chose to.
Either these companies are, as Claude suggests, getting more from the NSA than we are presently aware of, or maybe each CEO is just hoping someone else will be the one to stand up to the bully. I prefer to think it is the latter case. And since I know a lot of CEOs and the way they tend to think, I'd put money on that being the situation.
The CEOs and their companies, then, are ether gutless or corrupt. Charming.
The NSA orders are illegal, it's not treason to reject them, and even if it were technically treason there is still a right to both due process and -- in 21st century corporate America -- to spend whatever it takes to beat the rap.
What if Marissa Mayer went to jail?