Exactly! The powers that be are scared to death, literally, at the prospects of an ever-increasing awareness among the public, the more the public knows the more they will act and the action they take will be to see the dismantling of the present systems of control. There will be a massive amount of non-compliance and not only that, but a growing degree of independent resistance, not necessarily organized. That too is something that power fears, governments and military fears.
Even the decision to implement Martial Law would be a very dangerous step for this government, not only because this country is so vast, but because it would compel a vast number of people in this country to begin to resist. Governments fear revolution because of the uncertainty of the outcome. Unlike other countries, even the most compliant person in this country still has had the thought instilled in them that this is the Land of the Free, that is a potent psychological barrier to overt government action. The fact that resistance is rising over the various revelations about the NSA, is encouraging, at least to me, for now those in power know that their secret and criminal dealings are subject to being exposed.
"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun
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