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From ProPublica: Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany ("Germany lacks the long tradition of strong individual freedoms the state has guaranteed in the U.S. for more than 200 years. Precisely because of that, these values, imported from the Western allies after 1945, are not taken for granted.")