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