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The Stasi extensively "observed" people before an arrest.

Accidentally down voted you. Readers should note that the vast majority of people observed by the Stasi were never arrested. At one point in history, their mere pervasive and unjustified "observing" was considered bad enough...

And so did Hitler. Does that end this pointless debate?

You can't argue from a position that says "surveillance" and "arrest" are the same thing. They are simply not the same thing. The police cannot arrest you at will. An arrest is a big deal.

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