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  •  I hope that it really gets cleaned up, (8+ / 0-)

    with independent oversights and reviews written into law.

    "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers." --Thoreau's Journal

    by blueoasis on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:10:26 PM PST

    •  A public advocate in the FISA court... (5+ / 0-)

      (or, in the warped, fascistic minds of our surveillance overlords: "a devil's advocate") is absolutely essential to reform.

      When did We the People become the enemy anyway?

      'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

      by markthshark on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:27:46 PM PST

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      •  Possible answer: (5+ / 0-)

        When it became profitable to somebody.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

        by DeadHead on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:51:03 PM PST

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      •  Maybe a Citizen's Protection Act. (1+ / 0-)
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        In current times though it would be too outlandish for neoAmerica.

        "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers." --Thoreau's Journal

        by blueoasis on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:51:26 PM PST

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      •  When universal suffrage was followed by (0+ / 0-)

        open government and freedom of information acts, we the people acquired the tools to govern ourselves and the rule of petty potentates came under threat.

        The people were not a threat as long as their potency was restricted to the ballots handed in by a few.
        The civil rights agenda has always been promoted most forcefully by those who have been most deprived of their human rights. Freedmen weren't satified to be freed. They demanded education and recognition of their role as citizens.

        For that matter, that's how our social system is designed to work -- in response to demands and complaints. It relies on individual initiative, the squeaky wheel, if you will. And that, in turn, accounts for the ever increasing effort to render the citizenry compliant, before they have a chance to lodge a complaint.

        Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

        by hannah on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:58:11 AM PST

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    •  or abolished. oversight can & will be corrupted. (2+ / 0-)
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      DeadHead, davidincleveland

      besides, if the US hadn't engaged in assholish behavior for decades we wouldn't be worried about terrorists.

      rectifying that behavior would be salt in the fields where terrorists are grown.

      elipsii: helping the masses express aposiopesis for...

      by bnasley on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 09:37:26 PM PST

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