More and more internet traffic is bypassing the U.S., in part to avoid dealing with Patriot Act snoopery. (Conical hat tip to LRC.) Likewise, more and more international travelers are trying to avoid making flight connections in the U.S. to avoid TSA harassment. Meanwhile our rulers still holler about our freedom.
I am always struck by the difference between America as presented by mainstream figures, and the America I read about every day on internet news sites.
We are truly living in a 1984 world.