@John Smith: Re: @Ac: It's very unfortunate that...
Right again, methinks I missed that due to my 'wtf' quotient going off of the scale at the time, plus I had some plaster to get on the wall sharpish...
I did recall the DEA example you mentioned, but sought to make a more mundane day-to-day example.
I believe that the only guaranteed outcome of the whole '1984' surveillance thing is that lots of taxpayers dollars/sterling ends up in the pockets of very few companies which means we are paying more in tax than needs be for f'all tangible benefit, and the agencies recruit even more (un)civil servants.
Have one on me.