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US snooping scandal risks stunting internet's growth

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The US is at a key crossroads, trying to regain the trust of its citizens and friendly nations around the world even while it continues to lie and dissimulate in defence of National Security Agency (NSA) overreach. 

The obsessive eavesdropping of the US security state shows no sign of abating, despite the danger it poses to US civil liberties, the conduct of diplomacy and even issues of war and peace.

US snooping on the UN in 2003 helped finesse the "slam dunk" diplomatic moment for promoting an ill-conceived war in Iraq, and may be a factor in Syria policy. US citizens have unwittingly supported this dysfunctional state of affairs with their tax dollars, even as spending on health, education and infrastructure spending has withered and crumbled.

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