I'd like to recommend "The Shadow Factory" by James Bamford. Published in January 2008 it details how we got to this point. Bamford's research is very thorough and tells how 9/11 began the process that made America into the surveillance society it is today.
The government has always wanted to be more intrusive and nosey than America allowed... until Al-Qaeda won the war on terror by turning us into a nation of cowardly sheep. We may be able to keep killing Al-Qaeda's number 2, and we may be able to prevent further attacks... but the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize, and we've bought into it 100%.
We have forsaken freedom and liberty for the illusion of security.
We deserve the government we got. We asked for it, and we're reaping the rewards of cowardice. Anyone surprised that the government is hoovering up all of our data simply hasn't been paying attention.
Ben Franklin was right: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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