What does Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and the author of “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All,” say is a “very, very dangerous” development in America?

Speaking on the Glenn Beck Program Thursday, Bongino — who is also running for Congress in Maryland’s sixth district — described bureaucracy that has “grown so large” as a cause for grave concern.

“My experience in the government is, when something arrives on your desk, you assume it’s been through these massive layers of bureaucracy and management – that you don’t even ask the basic questions,” he explained.

That applies whether the threat is external, or whether that question should be, “is this constitutional?” he added.

Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino on a Very Dangerous Development in America

Maryland congressional candidate and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino speaks with Glenn Beck on Dec. 5, 2013. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

When Beck asked whether the nation is facing more or fewer dangers than in the past, Bongino didn’t hesitate before responding: “I think it’s actually more dangerous — the irony being that as we’ve expanded our surveillance safety net and become a literal surveillance state – this isn’t a movie anymore, it’s very real.”

“It’s bureaucratic laziness at its worst,” he continued. “Instead of looking at common sense measures to combat a real threat going forward, we’re now blanket surveilling everyone, (who have) now become de facto criminals.”

Bongino concluded with a warning: “Liberty’s a zero sum game, Glenn. It can’t belong to you and the government at the same time.”

Beck said that he “can’t think of anybody” he’d rather have in Congress than Dan Bongino.

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