The nation didn't die from hippies, and it didn't die from signals intelligence.
I still think there is a miss communication going on here. Your correct that the nation didn't die for hippies or from signals intelligence, i never said it did. My last comment which you quoted was about the separation between "culture" and government. The governing body of a nation is not the "culture" and should not be driving the "culture".
My original post which you also quoted and responded to was plainly stating that the actions of terrorists where not successful in turning the US into a state of fear and resulting overreach of the government because they where designed to, but rather because the current government saw an opportunity to leverage it to gain more power over the people.
And sadly, we the people let them do it, not by choice but rather lack of action.
Please reread the posts before commenting further, I seriously think you are not comprehending what i'm writing.