The Logic of the Surveillance State. You start noticing that certain western states suddenly agree that putting up cameras all around various cities are a good way to, allegedly, fight crime. Yeah, after the fact. It doesn't stop crime, but it is an excellent way to monitor everyone. And, as Welsh points out, as pattern recognition becomes better, the elites can have their datamining fine tuned to watch those who may cause them discomfort. In the end, this will fail, but as much as I know it is going on, and given that I've never bought the American exceptionalism argument, I am still shocked that people aren't absolutely outraged by this unprecedented instrusion by the government. Notice that I said "the" government and not "our" government, because it's not our government any more.