I, too, have been ashamed to be a US citizen for a number of years. This newest 'revelation' only deepens my shame. Now we have a new J Edgar Hoover revealed, one on steroids, and commanding actual military units. His ilk serve the uber rich - the real owners of the U$A .
Yes, it is reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984. Also of Babylon 5's struggle against the Earth Alliance government that 'displaced' Santiago's elected government with a shadow government whose agenda was antithetical to freedom, free elections, real choices, and free thinking. Night watch is coming out of the dark.
I remember suggesting to my children, c20 years ago, that they might seriously consider moving to a Scandinavian county, or to Canada, or Australia, NZ. … to someplace where the social contract was still much stronger than in the U$A.
Brazil has it right. Natural resources are the birthright of all the citizens, not of the Corporatists who sell them off for a short term gain. The birthright, a share of the natural resources, is what really finances the social contract - not a so-called ‘welfare’ or 'hand-down' or dole. Blaming the ‘poor’ has been an admirable way to keep citizens divided. The uber rich want to horde as much as possible for themselves. After all they have much more in common with the rich in other countries than they do with middle class or poor folks in the U$A, so , screw the citizens. W. Bush holding hands with the ‘royals’ of Saudi Arabia says it all. Buying the 'elected' government is the least expensive way to get control of the instruments of national sovereignty, ‘law' and the military, to cement their control. They want it all, and are using the fist of gov’t to get all that can. Right now, that fist is wearing a soft, cushy, velvety glove. But that fist is made of compassion-less case hardened steel, and the glove is coming off.
And 'god bless the U$A' won’t save us from them. Only free thinking, rational, colonists of the sort who rebelled against Britain can pull this off. (Now I suppose I will ‘disappear’ some dark and rainy night, never to be seen again …lol)