"It is often assumed that intelligence agencies are worlds of their
own, and that they sometimes act on their own authority. However, they
are also an expression of the societies in which they exist, especially
of their fears. In other words, it is quite possible that there are not
just paranoid agents, but also paranoid democracies that act in
hysterical ways out of fear. They are characterized by a strong freedom
myth, which leads to paranoia. It, in turn, poses a threat to freedom.
The United States is currently in a late phase of this cycle.
Freedom means that there is an endless range of possibilities, and
that anything can happen, including both good and bad things. That's why
freedom engenders fear. The greater the freedom, the greater the fear.
Where does America's fear come from?"
"Information is the most valuable thing in a paranoid world. Those who
feel threatened want to know as much as possible about potential
threats, so as to be able to control their fears and prepare preventive
attacks. Even in the days of covered wagons, alertness was an important
protection against attack. Before Sept. 11, the intelligence agencies
were asleep at the wheel and overlooked many of the clues the attackers
left behind during their preparations."
The US spends more on their military than the rest of the world combined. The NSA tries to spy on everyone in the world, not just assumed terrorists or enemies. We have become hyper-paranoid, and it's draining our budget and worldwide good will. I hope we get over it soon.