- The problem of surveillance in a democratic society
- Why encryption threatens democracy
- When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted
- Does the NSA want to collect everything? Let’s check the facts and then decide.
- Did the Police take it easy on Mr. Miranda because of a respect for a free press?
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