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TLDR; Secret police do secret police things.

More like: the US can't get rid of its Cold War era habits.

The Cold War never ended. It was just extended from US vs the Soviet Union to US vs everybody else.

But what do you expect from a nation that is now de facto in a perpetual state of war with an amorphous, heterogeneous and strictly confidential blob of groups, nations and assorted individuals that includes its own citizens.

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