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Special report: Surveillance programs raise safety-vs-privacy questions

Original post made on Sep 25, 2013

We are being watched. Surveillance programs operated by government agencies, from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security to local police departments, are accumulating untold amounts of information on residents who, in the vast majority of cases, are law-abiding citizens. ==B Read the full story on== [Web Link

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

> what's being done to protect our privacy and civil liberties?

Seems like just not telling us or lying to us, and then finally when something comes out trying to make us think we need this because of terrorism.

The totalitarian state with as much technology can make huge use of this data, and we can see what at least part of our government have done with their power since as early as 1898 with the CoIntelPro program, accidentally discovered and leaked again. I don't like to be an alarmist conspiracy theorist, but the factual information is out there on this.

We have no civil liberties if we are not wealthy, and even if we are they can be taken away the moment one agitates for change.

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Posted by Lying Liars
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Withholding the truth from us is no different than lying outright to us--it is simply a way for them to justify it in their own minds.

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