"The U.S. government is also spending millions to figure out how to manipulate social media to promote propaganda and stifle dissenting opinions.
And any criticism of government policies is now considered “extremist” and potential terrorism. The government also considers anyone who tries to protect himself from government oppression and to claim his Constitutional rights a “extremist”. This is not entirely new … the CIA director relabeled “dissidents” as “terrorists” so he could continue spying on them in 1972. Indeed – for 5,000 years straight – mass surveillance of one’s own people has always been used to crush dissent.
The NSA is now also collecting and retaining the most intimate personal details of Americans, including nude and suggestive pictures and medical and financial records … even though they admittedly have no conceivable security value."