Handing your life over to tyrants

There's a famous quote from Ben Franklin that gets thrown around a lot these days, given the copious amounts of egregious invasions that the federal government is performing on its citizens: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." It sounds nice, but it unfortunately doesn't quite capture the essence of what we're dealing with.

Let's take a moment to connect some of the dots in the latest round of the NSA scandals, and recap some of what we know is happening:

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