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  •  True enough, as far as it goes... (2+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, deep info

    But then again, the implicit result of this analogy is that every individual in the United States is viewed by the NSA as an enemy.

    •  Every individual is a potential enemy (2+ / 0-)
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      greenbell, deep info

      Every individual is a potential  enemy if s/he decides, a la Tsarnaev, to make that turn. The same holds if some individual anarchist decides to assassinate and official, and if collections of individuals wish seriously to overthrow the government (militias, e.g.).

      I thought a lot of this was for 'historical' purposes of reconstructing the linkages after a crime. Maybe I'm wrong. That seems an important tool.

      But I imagine in the hands of a Cheney it could too easily be used to go after specific individuals. (Oh, wait, he did, didn't he?) The technology is there, and unless the public rises up and demands extraordinary safeguards against abuse, it will remain available to anyone with access, even the lowly Mr. Snowden.

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