I don't think that anybody is really surprised about these revelations. Everybody knew that we had very capable technical means for spying on all sorts of people.
One of the incongruous characters to come onto the American political stage is the pseudo-intellectual, Stephen K. Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist. Mr. Bannon sees himself as a "revolutionary" who thinks he can hijack the Leninist theory of dismantling the state apparatus through what he calls the "deconstruction of the administrative state," i.e., the current system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says "have stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty”.[i] Although Mr. Bannon claims to have read Lenin’s works, it seems he has failed to study more thoroughly Lenin’s The State and Revolution regarding the apparatus of the state machinery.
The lie that the liberal state sells you is that you are free. The lie that it sells itself is that it is in control.
If we go back to the1990's, the CIA and the US Special Forces created the war in Yugoslavia to break the country up. At the same time, they were breaking up the Soviet Union into different republics and the Russian Federation
Exclusive interview with ex-CIA/DoD officer
The methods for censoring independent media all come from the CIA; they all come from the intelligence services.
The CIA is accustomed to controlling the explanations that are given to the American people. They began controlling the American media in the 1950’s and I think today they have complete control over the print and TV media in the United States.