I'm fully aware that currently I pose no threat to the international security state and thus have no need to monitor my activities. But if by chance I was an outspoken critic of their system and threatened to gain high office with the power to provide an effective check, then the institution will protect its interest. The problem with 20th century paradigms assumes that there is a meaningful difference between what we do outside our nation, and the acceptable evil we tolerate on that level to preserve domestic peace and prosperity. We face a world of diverse threats, but terrorist violence is simply a cost of a free society. Those tasked with fighting it become myopic in their view of the necessity and end up offering cures that are far worse threats to the system than the evils it is meant to confront. This is why it is so important to have real public power over our spy services. We are entering a brave new world, and long gone are the days of backroom spies. They now have the all seeing eye, and the barbarians at the gates of civilization are nowhere near as dangerous as these new internal threats. The military industrial security complex is creating threats to continue to justify its current role in society. I'm not a naive dreamer worried the state is peering into my soul at the moment. But that as a citizen there is no reasonable check on their actions. The idea of civilian controlled military is a farce. Yes the current security services help international business conglomerates and financial elites. The United States would be much poorer without the global domination it now enjoys, but since little of those gains are trickled down to the general population, we no longer have the incentives capital gave to labor to be complicit in the 20th century. It is a fragil system we live in, and we all know it. Tightening the grip by increased spying on domestic populations will work as poorly in America as it did under the Shah. The security services have proved too competent at negating effective secret controls, the only thing to be done is to throw up the doors. Will more people die of terrorism? Sure, but that is the cost of freedom and they will be the true martyrs for the cause of liberty. We have never before faced the capabilities that government now has, and in the past spies were inherently limited in their actions by the simple fact that for the power they have today would have taken the efforts of every man, woman, and child in the past. Technology has reached the point where not only does the state have total military supremacy, they have total information supremacy. The lack of day to day participation in this system allows a different perspective, just as every soldier sees a solution with a gun, so do spies see more surveillance as the solution the problems of a modern world. Drone policy is a great example of this problem. In the short term tactical perspective it is a brilliant solution to a difficult problem. But from a strategic perspective it is a complete failure because it will never address the root causes of terrorism, in fact makes those problems worse, but makes us feel as if we are making progress.