They spy and hear all the nasty things people are saying about the government. This leads to paranoia, and a drive to find all the people responsible for these nasty words. Which leads to them hearing even more nasty thing ... rinse, lather, repeat.
Meanwhile the real bad guys are using encrypted methods of communication and eluding all this craziness.
Has crying wolf on terrorism lost its ability to sway the population, is that why you are now resorting to the big gun of fear statements, "For the Children".
I for one cringe every time I hear the words "to protect you from (insert flavor of the day threat here)" or "for the children". History shows, each time these phrases are used, you are attempting to reduce peoples rights.
I am sure that most people, would prefer children live under the threat of abduction, rather than the totalitarian, 1984 style surveillance state, the US federal government seems intent on creating.
It is highly unlikely that corporations will take over. Short and long term, most technology is headed away from having central authorities and middlemen, information, banking, energy, water, food, manufacturing are just a few on a very long list. On top of that, deflationary economic pressure, from falling energy prices and manufacturing costs, pretty much wreck governmental central authorities over the next 20-25 years as their tax revenues dry up.
The specific goal of RICO is to punish the use of an enterprise to engage in certain criminal activities. A person who uses an enterprise to engage in a pattern of racketeering may be convicted under the RICO criminal statute (18 U.S.C.A. § 1963). An enterprise is defined as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity." A pattern is defined as "at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of [RICO's passage] and the last of which occurred within 10 years … after commission of a prior act of racketeering activity."
Racketeering activity under federal law includes a number of criminal offenses, including: Bribery; sports bribery; counterfeiting; felony theft from interstate shipment; Embezzlement from Pension and Welfare funds; extortionate credit transactions; Fraud relating to identification documents; fraud relating to access devices; transmission of gambling information; Mail Fraud; wire fraud; financial institution fraud; citizenship or naturalization fraud; obscene matter; Obstruction of Justice; obstruction of criminal investigation; obstruction of state or local law enforcement; witness tampering; retaliation against witness; interference with commerce, bribery, or extortion; interstate transportation in aid of racketeering; interstate transportation of wagering paraphernalia; unlawful welfare fund payments; prohibition of illegal gambling business; Money Laundering; monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activities; murder for hire; sexual exploitation of children; interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles; interstate transportation of stolen property; sale of stolen goods; trafficking in motor vehicles and parts; trafficking in contraband cigarettes; white slave traffic; restrictions of payments and loans to labor organizations; embezzlement from union funds; Bankruptcy fraud; fraud in the sale of Securities; felonious manufacture, importation, receiving, concealment, buying, selling, or otherwise dealing in narcotic or other dangerous drugs; and any act that is indictable under the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act.
" even up to the point of feeling citizen recordings are a "game" that activists will tire of if officers refuse to rise to the "bait.""
Google glass, contact lenses with cameras, life logging cameras, SSD storage size doubling every 1 1/2 to 2 years. Not much of a chances this trend is going to stop, if anything it is going get much more massive. With little brother (citizens) trying to film everything, versus big brother (government) attempting to delete, deny, and hide everything.