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Is the USA using its "war against terror" as a carefully orchestrated cover for blatant commercial, industrial and scientific espionage?
Might "the ends justifies the means" mantra be allowing those conducting these activities to self-justify them?
Why else would the USA be demanding the passwords for devices and online presences from immigrants when they know full well that organised gangs of terrorists would have already committed their data to the cloud and would not self-incriminate by bringing this stuff across the border anyway?
Will the next "world war" be, not one between nations but a global uprising of the oppressed classes against the ruling classes and governments which seek to treat them like mushrooms and enemies?