The United States government, believing it has the technology to make it possible, is obsessively tightening its grip on its citizens. Happening in many ways, on many levels.
America is a vastly different place than it was 20, even just ten, years ago.
Bin Laden knew exactly what he was doing. He gave bureaucrats and politicians with totalitarian tendencies an excuse to shove "reforms" on a population that couldn't process what was happening because it was so far outside the norm of what America had been.