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It strikes me as such an "academic" discussion to explore this topic focusing on such an "objective" analysis. Your carefully measured questions (& answers) sound as clinical as the legal reasoning of the torture memos. You are so much more concerned with understanding the "implications" for society, & "democracy", I suppose that is your justification for this "soul-searching" exploration. Of course, that's a luxury that you can afford, having not been a victim of such state-supported "enhanced policies".