My wife grew up in the Soviet Union. The core philosophy was to create a a safe and uniform society, largely by having everyone spying on everyone else. The KGB primarily consisted of tens of millions of civilians keeping track of their neighbors.
Obama understands that you can reduce dissent by having constant surveillance and having teachers, doctors and neighbors report any activity which may go outside the boundaries of the the official government approved thought plan for the citizenry.
Freedom is seen as a potential threat to the safety of the
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Ben Franklin