So you're acknowledging that it is the coercion and threats thereof which are the chilling mechanism; not the surveillance per se.
Its easy with a simple email and attachment...
Even random ID's can be tracked using "random ID detectors" and correlated with the less than random license plate tag (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_number_plate_recognition)
And that's the way it should be. Some day the Stockholm Syndrome sufferers will say enough is enough; but while they remain sycophants to the political and praetorian classes; fuck 'em. Make them pay.
There are no state powers granted by the US constitution. The US constitution purports to delegate powers of the people and the states.
"Purports" being the operative word...
"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
Exactly. Corporations are created and defended by the political apparatus that calls itself "the state".
Governments are created by arseholes who assert the right (with guns) to define the privileges and dole out licenses to exercise the same.
Just another bunch of racketeers.
The solution is to become ungovernable. This nearly happened at the time of the declaration of independence, but then some arseholes formed a constitution which people fell for, hook, line and sinker.
Viz. a newly legitimated political class.
There's no we in "we didn't buy..."
Those who refused to accept "Befehl ist Befehl" weren't "we". They were the dominant political elite from the victor's side. No we about it.
This was never the case, even when the ink on the declaration of independence was still wet.
How many of "the people" were involved in these decisions?
...let alone packets.
I was born on the great antipodean continent, I live there also. I don't, however, consider myself Australian. Being an Australian implies membership of a body-politic, which implies supplicating to politicians and their sycophants. I don't do that.
already knows about the Jevons' paradox.
Live it up. Use it all liberally before some horde of misers ration it sparingly.
As it happens, the fucks were on VHS.