A secretive government had a secret operation
massakering villages, killing millions, secretely bombing an entire nation
the wire-tapped a hotel-room, got caught, a government was deposed
because of secret documents Daniel Ellsberg exposed

One government came down, and to prevent a repitition of this fact
The next government passed the "Freedom of Information Act"
Each administration since then hoped it would go away
Then they finally seized the chance on one September day

They passed the "PATRIOT Act" before a single congressman had read it
But don't ask the executive how they interpret it
Because that itself is secret, never to be revealed
Just like the secret prisons and all the torture sessions they concealed

Then they formed the PRISM program so they wouldn't even have to ask
Compliant corporations to assist them with the task
Of collecting information, every email you ever wrote, every book you ever read
Every call you ever made, every thing you ever said

I looked into a prism, and what did I see? A police state looking back at me.

The secret government men lied to congressional committees
Secret information even a senator can't see
Secret bureaucrats working with secret corporations enforcing secret laws,
Forming secret juries to serve a secret cause.

I looked into a prism, and what did I see? A police state looking back at me.

One brave man came forward, then he fled town
Now the secret government men mean to hunt him down
Feinstein said he's a traitor, McConnell said so, too.
But I say if we have a future it's because of the whistle that he blew

I looked into a prism, and what did I see? A police state looking back at me. [x2]



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