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When Everything is 'terrorism'

Posted on the 17 July 2013 by Hughvw
"One of the assurances I keep hearing about the U.S. government's spying on American citizens is that it's only used in cases of terrorism," writes Bruce Schneier in The Atlantic. "Terrorism is, of course, an extraordinary crime, and its horrific nature is supposed to justify permitting all sorts of excesses to prevent it. But there's a problem with this line of reasoning: mission creep. The definitions of "terrorism" and "weapon of mass destruction" are broadening, and these extraordinary powers are being used, and will continue to be used, for crimes other than terrorism, [Source here]   [Thanks: BJS]

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