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Glenn Greenwald writes in Cato Unbound on the rapid expansion of the digital surveillance state:

The spate of knee-jerk legislative expansions in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 trauma the USA-PATRIOT Act has actually been exceeded by the expansions of the last several years first secretly and lawlessly by the Bush administration, and then legislatively and out in the open once Democrats took over control of the Congress in 2006. Simply put, there is no surveillance power too intrusive or unaccountable for our political class provided the word “terrorism” is invoked to “justify” those powers.

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