The novel 1984 is a great exploration of what it means to be free. The liberties we have today should not be taken for granted. Reading 1984 helped me see the world where all of the civil liberties are utterly stripped away. After reading this book it became very clear to me how something like the "Patriot Act" can gradually mutate into the "Big Brother Act".
I've always been highly sceptical about granting governments (and their agencies) any power whatsoever except maybe where that power is strictly limited in both time and space (like the power to control the border, where defining strictly that the border is a stretch of land between this country and a neighbouring one no more than 2 miles wide for example, in the age of air travel expanding that to the departure and arrival areas of international airports like it is expanded to similar areas of international seaports).
Anything broader than that can only lead to an eventual total government powergrab, as we're now seeing with the US government's attempt to give themselves the power to shut down any part of the internet that "harms the interests of this nation" (read: "any website or person who holds views opposing ours because we don't want him to be heard by our subjects").