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Offline happyg

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« on: June 18, 2013, 09:55:06 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 10:07:12 PM »
And here we have the essential problem of The Watchers.  Once the watchers get a taste for spying on their own citizens, they won't easily give it up and because the only practical real-time check on the executive power is the habits and customs of the individuals exercising that power, there isn't any easy way to make sure that they've stopped abusing their power once they've gotten a taste for it.

It is, perhaps, in this area that we are forced to take a page from Plato's Republic and design a system where the individuals who exercise the executive power of the federal government are trained and habituated - to the point of a pavlovian response - to the belief that they may not willy-nilly spy on Americans and that they have a sacrosanct duty to respect the rights of ordinary Americans absent probable cause and a warrant from a magistrate.

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
« Last Edit: June 18, 2013, 10:09:35 PM by Oceander »


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