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The larger point that has yet to take hold of public consciousness is that our government, through the NSA and other agencies, has created what Edward Snowden called the "architecture of oppression." 

The architecture of oppression is a phrase that often provokes immediate denial, in the form of a comment about this still being a free country, or saying that Americans are not oppressed.  True as that may be, that response misses the reality that an architecture of oppression, once in place, remains benign only as long as it is not widely used. 

It's not merely a question of whether Barack Obama can be trusted to spy on us responsibly.   

It's a question of whether it's self-preserving, or even sane, to put in place an architecture of oppression that relies on the good faith of this and every future president to preserve anything like traditional American freedoms. 

If the real Watergate burglaries of others weren't OK, why should we even consider tolerating the government committing universal virtual burglaries of ourselves?  

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