Our family has joked for a long time about people listening to our phone calls, or the house being bugged. Looks like it wasn't a joke at all. In fact, the phone of EVERYONE in the United States of America is being tapped. By the NSA. Not just Muslims (because, after all, it's pretty hard to tell who is Muslim and not, since our census doesn't ask about religious affiliation and an awful lot of Muslims have names like... oh... Pamela Taylor...). If you've ever talked about jihad (even if you said, man this jihad stuff scares me silly) then your call got flagged by the NSA.
Last time this kind of thing happened, the president resigned before he could be impeached. Last time people were outraged. Somehow I expect this time most people will not be outraged. They will complacently nod that this things are necessary now. Like sheep being led to the slaughter.
How long will it be before we're all nodding, yes it's ok for the government to bug our houses, or install cameras inside them - that way we'll be sure no one is doing anything illegal in there. That way we'll be safe.
How long will it be before it's not just the war on terror, but the war on drugs, on petty theft, etc that are being waged in this manner?