A. Barton Hinkle on Why the NSA Scandal Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg


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The NSA story is huge, but the bigger story concerns the increasingly asymmetric relationship between citizens and the state. The formerly secret program of domestic spying neatly illuminates one aspect of that asymmetry: The government knows, or can know, an awful lot about you. But you are not supposed to know even that it knows, let alone what it knows.