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  •  And in a country where the government is for sale (9+ / 0-)

    ...how long will it be until big contributors can use their purchased influence to get information on their competitors?
    Features and launch date for your competitor's new product?
    Got ya covered--here's the transcript of an internal conference call!
    Any embarrassing phone calls or emails by your competitor's execs?  Got ya covered!--have a look at this!
    Oh, and we checked on your too--so keep those campaign contributions coming!
    Thanks!

    We kidnap. We torture. It's our policy. Embrace it or end it!

    by Mosquito Pilot on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:24:33 AM PDT

    •  More sophisticated levers of power (2+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy, sockpuppet

      will always be used.

      The suffering will continue until it is sufficient to mobilize a counterforce sufficient to overwhelm the plutocracy. And no sooner.

      by Words In Action on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 08:17:02 AM PDT

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    •  I'm pretty sure they just buy direct. (5+ / 0-)

      You really think they need to go through the government to get personal information about you?

      Heck, the government is probably a hindrance.

      Think!

      All these scary programs you're reading about here posits that the government will collect data from private companies.

      That means the data is already in the hands of private companies and probably being bought and sold as we speak.

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 08:24:51 AM PDT

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