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Where are things right now in the National Security Agency scandal? We know about Verizon providing call data. We know about the secret Prism program that funnels data from large tech companies to the government. We know numerous major tech companies are involved. We know also that the program was reapproved by Congress recently, and has consistently taken place with judicial oversight. This is not just an Obama administration policy, but a fact of our government in all branches—and it has been since 2007. By pointing this out, I don’t mean to take responsibility away from President Barack Obama, who is deserving of being singled out because during both his campaigns he talked about the need for openness in government. I mean only to indicate the scope of the issue. And the scope is massive; the range of governmental officials—elected and professional; liberal, conservative, and libertarian; judge, legislator, and executive—is as wide as can be.