This article has nothing to do with surveillance. They were questioning him about things he published. I don't really have a problem with the Secret Service spidering the net. It's public information. They can get Google alerts just like anyone else. And they can make their own Internet Archive. Why not?
The end of the article makes it seem like the Secret Service reading web pages and books is some sort of police intrusion. I think of it as the patrol car on the beat. They should do that, and I'd be shocked if they didn't.
Really, this article is good news. The headline should read Security Apparatus Recognizes Innocence. That's something we can't take for granted anymore.
Will Springer and IEEE be offering refunds to universities library systems for the fraudulent publications? After all, the peer review system is their biggest selling point over open access. I hope some librarian makes a case that their proceeds were fraudulently obtained, because the publishers didn't even try to fulfill their reason to exist in the supply chain.
"Hey there Sanjay, that's a nice H1 visa you've got there. It would be a shame is something were to happen to it. Why don't you do us a favor and insert this innocuous-looking off-by-one bug into the next build."
By the way, it's my opinion it's quite possible this is happening to voting machines as well. Or even likely, given what we've learned of NSA's depravity.