Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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"Democracy" and "Republic" are not mutually exclusive terms. Technically, in theory at least, the USA is a Democratic Republic.

Republic refers to the fact that the head of state is not a hereditary or arbitrarily imposed position. And the Democratic part implies an electoral process involving he citizenry.

For some reason a lot of people in this country don't seem to understand even the basics of its structures. Which may explain its evolution...

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