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Today on Morning Joe, the assembled rich liberals were bemoaning the loss of privacy, especially as exemplified in the horrific case at Rutgers. But as they went on and on, Twitter! Facebook!!, one subject was never broached: the state. Could the lessened value placed on privacy have anything to do with the institution that claims the right—with the adamant approval of the Morning J’s—to read your email and your mail mail, listen in on your phone calls, keep track of your every move, spy on your hard drives, scan you naked, perform a black bag job on your house, read your mind with the machines it hopes to develop, keep your medical records, and know every dime you earn or spend? All in the name of that synonym for totalitarianism, national security, of course.

2:46 pm on October 1, 2010