I think you're letting your cynicism get in the way of truth and understanding.
The US has signed and ratified a treaty committing to destroy all chemical weapons and never produce them again , and it has built the infrastructure to do so  .
It's conspiracy-nut territory to think the US is simultaneously stockpiling chemical weapons in some super-secret program without good evidence for it.
Wide spread market fixing, libor, gold, silver was conspiracy nut territory.
The US engaging in blscksites and systematic torture was conspiracy nut territory.
But criticizing your pro Government apologia only results in comments being banned and removed -- perhaps just more conspiracy nut territory?
Or am I supposed to trust a stopped clock [the nuts] since it was shown to be right twice a day?
Anyhow, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons out of The Hague oversees compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. That includes verifying the destruction of stockpiles and weapons facilities as well as industry inspections that closely monitor precursors, as well as investigating cases of alleged production or usage. As of last October, 93% of declared stockpiles has been destroyed and independently verified by the OPCW. You don't have to take the US government's word for their numbers.
here is even a hertiage foundation report talking about sharing privacy keeping technologies with the government in the name of 'fighting terrorism'
and here is the ACLU sounding the alarm in August of 2004:
Ironically, its around the same time the NSA purported to have their own 'rules' in how they gather, which were obtained here:
and of course, not more than a few years later we have these reports:
It was never a wing nut conspiracy theory. Its just nobody was looking close enough to care.
I'm not convinced in any way this couldn't be foreseen if people would've paid more attention
My bar of cynicism is a little higher when you're talking about the United States discretely stockpiling mustard gas versus taking down a smartphone, you know? (Maybe I, too, am irresponsibly naive.)
They are so terribly afraid of committing war crimes they do not recognize the International Crime Court and are reading to invade any country trying an american soldier.
Surely the US would never do that!
While I agree, it was also considered conspiracy-nut territory to have believed most of the stuff in this leak. Look at how the wider tech community treats people like McAffee and Stallman.
Yeah, why won't people respect the opinions of a meth-cooking, bath-salt abusing, murderer who lived in Belize with underage 'girlfriends'?