Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.
But, if you are not doing anything illegal and have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about, right?
Oh, and if you think this is something new, it’s not. If you think this could never happen on American soil, you are wrong. This is not all that dissimilar than what the FBI did in the civil rights movement. The only difference is that now they have better tools and total access to just about every piece of individual information about every citizen. Therefore, they have more ways that they can manufacture and use that information against you — at will.