This has been the marketing line for every Security Apparatus every created.
It is the claim of Tyrants, and the refuge for Criminals.
There has never been a Government who built a Security Apparatus which it marketed to its population with the tag line of “We are Doing it to Oppress you.”
Evil is never so overt… unless you write scripts in Hollywood.
The idea that we can suddenly trust the words of those who are angry they are being forced with stating them openly, is inane.
What should be remembered is that those who did the lying were comfortable doing the lying. It is a Culture. They do what they want, then openly deny it… comfortable that nothing ill will happen to them for doing so.
This is the point.
The United States Government answers to the Citizenry. It is a “bottom up” model. Because of this, we are Unique in the World.
When those we elect, and those we appoint, suffer no genuine consequence for their malfeasance regardless of their supposed intentions, We have wandered far away from the above.
When people like me express concern regarding where this country is headed… and where we are now… we mean it.
No Black Helicopters here. Simply distress based on plenty of history and observation.