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Bloomberg asks, are we living in a police state?

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In a blunt piece titled Barack Obama Meet George Orwell, Bloomberg editors slam the NSA surveillance and Obama’s pushing for it.

“Meanwhile, in a 2012 report to Congress, the government said the surveillance court in the prior year hadn’t denied a single application to conduct electronic surveillance — after having received 1,676 of them. The surveillance state isn’t the product of a rogue White House; it is court-sanctioned, congressionally approved government policy.

We have long assumed the invocations of Orwell that arise to meet every terrorism investigation are hyperbolic. We are also mindful that the world is dangerous, and liberty must be balanced with security. However, the benefit of the doubt afforded to the government is wearing thin. Are we living in a police state? We’d like to know”.

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