I think there is a big difference here. The NSA has for years been electronically eavesdropping on every electron transmitted in the world. Their purpose is primarily the safety and security of the US.
However, when organizations like the FBI use the pretext of public airwaves (or electronic media) as a means to gather evidence for “potential” evidence for future prosecution, they absolutely cross the line between a legitimate government and an oppressive government.
We are witnessing the return of the Gestapo - because that madman Weather Underground sympathizer Eric Holder hates white people. While the FBI is under control of Holder, its sister agency the DHS is under control of a lesbian that hates America as much as Eric Holder and Hussein Obama. We are in for some very nasty sh!t if this halfrican is reelected.
Sort of makes 1998 (or so) look like a "golden era" for freedom & liberty...
Of course, at that time many here thought it couldn't get much worse than klintoon, hitlary, alnotbright, Janet, and albore.
Unfortunately that was the last period of time in which heroic action might have saved the few existing remnants of the former Republic and one-or-two of the freedoms that we still had.
I would strongly recommend reading (or re-reading) this excellent post by Noumenon as he continued to build on central premises that he has posted since those early FR years:
Killers Without Conscience
Needless to say...."Something wicked" no longer "comes..It has arrived to stay!