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  •  No contradiction (1+ / 0-)
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    bobswern

    There is no contradiction between the increase in government surveillance  and the carte blanche allowed to individual acts of terror; the latter justifies the former by creating a general climate of distrust and fear - and there is money to be made on all levels, not least of all by the media.

    I do not think this process is the result of any conspiracy. It is the historical unfolding of certain forces in our own society: a long legal tradition of respect for privacy and personal rights; a growing technological capacity to monitor new forms of communication; and a devotion to profit above all else.

    I would not characterize this as "a surveillance state" since that is only one aspect of government and not the heart of it, as in classic tyrannies. The government, from federal to local, serves many functions good and bad, yet no one part of it is in total control. This makes it impossible to predict where we are heading.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:12:48 AM PDT

    •  I agree with everything you're saying... (1+ / 0-)
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      Alice Olson

      ...but, just to be clear, there are no issues with "conspiracy theories" in my content (or, thoughts for that matter) on this, either.  

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:33:32 AM PDT

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