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In democratic states intelligence agencies are governed by laws which were written and passed by elected parliaments, and those laws can be changed by subsequent elected parliaments. The parliament is constituted by elected representatives of the people, and so through that representation it is the people themselves who are, collectively, deciding to keep ...


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Democracy - some distinctions The question apppears to assume representative rather than direct participatory democracy. In a direct participatory democracy there is no ruling elite, elected or otherwise. Only a representative democracy has an 'elite' or government that rules and is therefore relevant to the question. If a political system is one in which '...


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