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  •  What is unclear to me (1+ / 0-)
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    is just how strong are the checks and balances? They appear to be there, but how easy would it be to ignore them? If we are in a situation where we have to rely on the benevolence of the present Administration rather than privacy protection guaranteed by law, with any exception requiring due process,  then our democracy is in grave danger. The fact that we have been lied to by high officials is not reassuring. However, I don't think we can just shut everything down.  Another successful large scale terrorist attack would have our citizens demanding security over privacy, and the outcome would certainly end up being even worse.  It is going to be difficult to successfully thread this needle.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:18:39 AM PDT

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