I don't know how this can be solved other than perhaps intense moderation to unflag everything regarding these revelations and let their popularity be determined solely by votes.
If you want a completely democratically run internet forum, create your own subreddit or on www.reddit.com.
Incidentally Hacker News was made partially as a response to the decline of the general reddit communities and with the hope of addressing at least some of their failures - such as relying too much on democracy.
The "knee-jerk" comes from the tendency of people to submit lots and lots of less important stories on the same handful of topics, rather than a few good ones. Remember when the front page was nothing but Erlang? Or nothing but Steve Jobs eulogies? For people that come for quality rather than quantity, it harms the signal to noise ratio. Submitting even more just exacerbates the problem, without creating better discussions (more threads != better threads) in exchange.
As tomjen3 suggests: find or create your own subreddit. Subreddits themselves exist because this same problem afflicted Reddit.
Edit: I'm sorry if I offended somebody. I'm simply trying to propose a solution for people that feel they aren't seeing the stories they want to see on HN.
Unbelievable. When it's the NSA spying on US citizens, everybody's paying attention, and US people scramble to point out that the EU isn't much better, either (which we knew already because it wasn't kept secret from us in the first place. blame us for the apathy, I applaud the US's (relative) outrage). And then something like this comes out, the UK hacking a neighbour EU country, and people are suddenly "huh we're tired of this news". Self-centred is more what I'd call it.
Here's some correspondence with the BBC that shows what's going on. The BBC acknowledge they have been asked to talk to the government before reporting on anything to do with the recent security revelations:
(BTW, the 2nd result on that BBC news search is more like a job ad for GCHQ)
(Edited to remove my erroneous claim that D-notices aren't voluntary, turns out they are, though hardly any media orgs. go against them)
So why the hell is GCHQ doing this to an allied country?
And I just get through reading some scary stuff about what Canadian spooks are doing. Had to dig for it, well since nobody cares about Canada.
After all virus writers/crackers/spammers are just business too.
Just because its government that hacks you doesn't make it any better, I believe it makes it worse.
--I know it's illegal (except if a big company like Microsoft or a government agency like the FBI does it). It's the dream of every information security professional though.
Counter hacking is just hacking, the only difference is how you pick your target. And you never know, maybe the owner of the originating system was just another victim. (Hacker breaks in computer A, then precedes to hack computer B leaving trace back to computer A, not the hacker)
It is also against the law in most of developed world.
unless you happen to be Belgian. but eh, it's such a small country, who cares right??
come on just say it, it's not about "personal" vs "business". You all care when it's China hacking into the US, even if they're not allies like the UK and Belgium.