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If the US government had any capacity for self-reflection, this turning of the tables by Wikileaks might spark a feeling of identification with, and empathy for, its beleaguered citizens, whose Constitutional right to privacy it is currently violating with its airport pornoscanners and sexual assaults, by its warrantless reading and storage of emails, by its warrantless eavesdropping on, and recording of, phone calls, by its analysis and storage of every credit-card purchase, and by its stalking and storage of every click we make, and bit of information we post, on the internet.

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There’s a lot of chatter, for obvious reasons, about the Wikileaks document dump and whether or not it’s a dangerous and despicable act. My personal feeling is that any allegedly democratic government that is so hubristic that it will lie blatantly to the entire world in order to invade a country it has long wanted to invade probably needs a self-correcting mechanism. There are times when it’s necessary that the powerful be shown that there are checks on its behavior, particularly when the systems normally designed to do that are breaking down. Now is one of those times.

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