AMERICA: Aaaaargh! Government, please save us from these Bad Guys!
GOVERNMENT: Okay, we’ll try. But you do realize we’ll need to expand our powers, right?
AMERICA: Whatever it takes! Stop the Bad Guys!
GOVERNMENT: So you’re good with giving up some of your civil liberties if it means we can stop more attacks?
AMERICA: Just do it!
GOVERNMENT: And if we cross some legal and ethical lines—wars, torture, detention centers, domestic wiretapping without a warrant—in the service of finding and killing the Bad Guys, that’s okay with you?
AMERICA: Whatever! Just do it!”
GOVERNMENT: Consider it done.
AMERICA: Aaaaargh! How dare you pry into my private business!
GOVERNMENT: But you gave us permission.
AMERICA: To take on the Bad Guys! Not to spy on me!
GOVERNMENT: But how are we supposed to know who the Bad Guys are unless we spy on everybody?
AMERICA: (looks confused)
GOVERNMENT: You see?
GOVERNMENT: You see our problem?
AMERICA: (still thinking) …Maybe you’re the Bad Guys.