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There comes a point when all of the signs seem to converge and achieve an increasingly strong and widespread source of public agreement. In such cases, it becomes foolish to be too cautious, trying to write one's fears off as simply an unbased instance of personal paranoia or oversuspiciousness. To the contrary, widespread public consensus points to the near-certainty that one's fears are based upon good reality testing.
So it is with regard to the fears associated with a conviction that the federal government has been and is now engaged in secretive, extensive domestic spying upon us, its own citizens. It would be ill-advised and unwise not to be convinced that these have become dangerous times.