Our current hatred of the US stems from the fact that while countries like Russia and China are EXPECTED to pull shit like this, the US that I grew up in is not.
If you want to know who is responsible for the USA turning to these kinds of activities, I recommend that you look in the mirror. It is you, and I, and everyone else who votes - or doesn't. The people we choose to put into office are the ones who have the power to stop or expand these activities. The American people, however, keep going to Big Brother because it keeps promising that it will keep us safe. And the children, too. Think of the children.
Don't blame Bush, or Obama, or either of the two dumpster fires that are going to be elected into office this coming November. Those people only get into office because we put them there. People who are too scared to take personal responsibility. People who want a nanny state because it's easy. People who have no sense of history and what a unique opportunity they have been given - and how they're pissing it all away.
We keep focusing on the symptoms when we should be looking at the disease.