Secretive state agencies are not to be trusted, nor are the politicians that have ties to them. It is highly unlikely the state is going to voluntarily end its unethical spying programs without massive pressure from the public. The state is a largely unaccountable entity with a monopoly on coercive violence that entitles it to violate the rights it claims to protect. While the state itself should ultimately be rolled back, its surveillance wing is a good place to start. In the meantime mechanisms such as encryption can protect our data from unwelcome eyes, and open expressions of opposition will keep the state surveillance programs to busy for their own good.
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