I dunno what to think. I never suspected a budget angle. I did hear how the exit nodes got taken over, and so I didn't really trust it from that angle.
I also think that all of these concepts were legit maybe around 1997, before the big machinery ramped up. But to paraphrase a depressing vision I had around 2000, we're all staring into an abyss, without a lot of exciting real new tech, so that's the perfect environment for all this govt encroachment to grind itself into place.