For John, BLUF: Yes, we have become a surveillance state. No big deal, because you never break the law, but the Fourth Amendment was put in there for a reason. What was it? Nothing to see here; just move along.
We all need to be careful of National Public Radio. They are the ones that tried to convince you that President Obama was NOT the one who suggested sequestration as a possible solution. That said, perhaps they are on to something with this NPR Staff Report, "Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You".
Regards — Cliff