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[–] roznak 0 points 101 points (+101|-0) ago 

It also has a spying ring that dwarfs the Russian and Chinese monitoring. The USSR would have been proud for such massive spying tools what the US has now.

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[–] realpatrickstewart 15 points 23 points (+38|-15) ago 

. The USSR would have been proud for such massive spying tools what the US has now.

Proud? They probably would have been horrified in the same way the Bush administration was blown away by how far the Obama administration took the Patriot Act stating and I quote, "We never could have gotten away with the things the current administration has done."

Not my original source from memory, but close enough:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73909_Page4.html

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 10 points 102 points (+112|-10) ago 

Honestly man, I wouldn't take that quote as anything more than the Republicans pointing and saying: "OMG, can you BELIEVE what that Obama kid is doing? We would NEVER have taken it THAT far, nope, not us, not ever!"

Except they totally would have and we all fucking know it. Just another case of one side struggling to make the other look bad, without realizing that from the outside they both look like a couple of Worm-Riddled Wildebeest Turds.

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[–] Sorahzahd 0 points 35 points (+35|-0) ago 

Given that they laid the framework for all those things they're complaining about, you'd have to be extremely naive to take that statement at face value.

Unless we're joining Reddit in the "comically short memory" club, where people magically forget everything that happened longer than one month ago.

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[–] merton 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They got away with war crimes, torture and indefinite detention of suspects without trial.

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[–] sozcaps 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Nope. The groundwork for everything in the Snowden files was done way PRISM was launched under Bush's presidency, in '07. Project Upstream's surveillance of the transatlantic fiber cables was legalized in '08. Either way, it has little to do with republicans or democrats being the biggest assholes. They're all teamed up with the money, not the voters.