Let's face facts. The actual number of REAL terrorists is, well, just a handful of people in the US, and you can probably count them on your fingers. If any. And did all their spying and sifting though all of our electronic communications stop, say, the Boston Marathon Bombers? Nope.
This is about control of your average citizen. If they are watching everything we say and do, they will know the instant one of us says something they consider a "threat". And just what is it that they consider a "threat", anyway? Blowing up a building? Nope.
It's thoughts and ideas that they consider a threat. Thoughts and ideas that might, for example, lead to the people realizing that they no longer "need" government so much anymore, now that were are so hyper-connected. Eventually more and more of us will realize we can do thing more efficiently ourselves, and render many of the government functions superannuated.
Yes, my friends. The real "threat" is that we may render government irrelevant by way of creating alternative infrastructures.
Once they catch wind something like that is budding, mark my words they will come along and nip it in the bud. By whatever means they choose.
I say all this at risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist. I hope I am wrong on all of this, but I am just trying to understand everything that is going on now. You have to ask yourselves what is the real plan since there is not enough "terrorism" to justify these enormous efforts and assaults to our basic freedom, liberty, and privacy.