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  •  The real restraint on the government (1+ / 0-)
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    is the criminal judicial system. Why spy on someone if you can't use the goods as evidence to convict the guy? There's no point to it.

    However, if you aren't trying to get the guy into the criminal justice system in the first place (e.g. Al Awlaki), then there is no such backstop.

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