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Steven Greenhut: NSA Scandal Separates Liberty Lovers from Poseurs

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Most Americans who pay any attention to politics believe the nation's great chasm is between "Red State" Republicans and "Blue State" Democrats. While the nation's two major parties have their differences, writes Steven Greenhut, the real divide is and always has been between those who reflexively trust the authorities and those who recognize that their own government poses the gravest threat to their liberties. The latest scandal, in which a whistleblower revealed two National Security Agency programs that gather the phone and computer records of Americans in a fishing expedition designed to find links to terrorists, has jump-started this debate.