But for that reason, it seems, it is commonly regarded as being old hat, divide and rule having been superseded as a strategy by more advanced and subtle techniques.
The leaders of ancient Rome and British India, it’s said, may consciously have plotted to pit the governed against each other; but in the present day things are not so crude.
Former Vice President Al Gore called the surveillance “obscenely outrageous” on Twitter.
Commentators have long debated how to think about the relationship between law and presidential power during emergencies.
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For helpful comments and suggestions, I thank Kathryn Bradley, Jack Goldsmith, and Eric Posner.
On June 5, 2013, the world learned that the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s largest intelligence-gathering organization, had been gathering the metadata of all the phone calls made by Verizon customers since early April 2013.