"all was well in state surveillance land"
Well of course it is. There have never been so many ways to get data on people, not to mention the data people themselves willingly post in social media.
Surveillance organizations are positively creaming themselves daily on all the stuff they can gather without any oversight whatsoever. And if a judge starts getting uppity, they just promise to not do it any more, continue doing it, and flag it under National Security where no judge can go.
It's a great time for surveillance. Not so much for Democracy. And I would really like to know just how many crimes all this "surveillance" has prevented.
Because that's how they're presenting it, right ? They need surveillance to find terrorists before a bomb blows. So how many terrorists have they stopped ? I think we should be told.
Then again, that just means that I'm expecting them to actually tell the truth, which is a patently ridiculous notion.
So let's all just carry on with our lives, and wait for better times.