It didn't take that long Billy.
North Atlantic stations were listening in on radio transmissions since the 50's. Computerization allowed keyword hits to be recorded. Cell phones came along and they were the next easy (public domain) target. The web happened and it gets extended to that. No surprise just evolution of your tax dollars at work protecting you from yourself.
What is amazing is that 911 happened given all this monitoring and mischief.
Add in to the mix the worst president since Lyndon Johnson and voila, you have an atmosphere ripe for the rise of what Heinlein called the "American Ayatollahs" Fostering paranoia to keep the masses sucking up the belief that you need to be more protected and giving up your freedoms is an easy price to pay. Bullying any nation who may succumb to it into the same violations of their populations rights.
Push the fear factor for all it's worth. Get lost in the morass of a ground war in two locales that is absolutely unwinable. Sell the idea of WMD's in a country so bankrupt it could not afford to put it's air force in the air and had to reroute and sell foreign aid shipments just to stay afloat. When you get caught out blame it on the intelligence services for misinforming you with information you told them to manufacture in the first place and parlay that as an excuse for "increased security" Spend 10 years looking for a man that every single Pakistani in the world new was in their country and call it a massive success when you "find" him.Have your military theatre commanders "go Hollywood" and behave like rock stars.
Man if that aint a script, I dunno what is.
That moron Bruckheimer wasted how much on the story for Transformers4, when this stuff is available for free.
You want to control your population, keep them ignorant and in fear. Lavrenti Beria would be so proud that his doctrines have been adopted by his most hated foe.