Instead of putting restrictions on the panopticon the abstract threat of terrorism was sufficient in the Senate to prevent undermining the fourth amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. Currently the NSA documents everything. Anyone in "the know" did not need to hear about Edward Snowden having preemptive awareness in Operation Echelon among other previously called conspiracy theories of mass surveillance. The bill barely lost by two votes and would have stopped blanket data collection of people who are not suspected of any specific crime. Instead, we are all suspected criminals!
The terrorists the US and other master manipulators helped create are useful to justify depriving Americans of freedom we are supposedly spreading across the globe. Apparently freedom does not include privacy.
Perhaps we should just go shopping so the terrorists do not win as Bush suggested immediately after 9/11. Buy "shit you don't need with money you don't have" as George Carlin noted. If we keep shopping and slaving to pay debt or be consumed by it, we couldn't possibly learn anything useful and remain mentally inferior and dependent on an abusive paradoxical and hypocritical system. Imagine if you knew foreign languages and could communicate with people with vastly different viewpoints and travel with ease? If only I did that rather than collect ball-handling sports cards and comic books.