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The Founding Fathers thought keeping a standing army was a danger to democracy The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army -- a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept 11, 2001 The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army—a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer's latest book, "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy." In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

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