They'll never get away with it.
The astute and "on top of things" citizenry will make sure these power mad scientist taste the back of the collective citizenries hand! Oh yes! Those megolamaniacal scientists wont know what hit them! There'll be marches! Sit in's! Sit outs! Loud chanting! Finger waving! Placard waving! And little will come of it but we'll all feel better about ourselves after the rat brains take over.
I'm sure sanity will prevail and the inventions only put to good use. 8-)
How will they know? THe news wont touch it, most people can't begin to comprehend it, even when shown, let alone when they just hear about it. Most people are wound up in TV for 6 hours a night, that IS their reality. Most people dont't care enough, or don't feel they have a voice to dissent.
They already are getting away with it. Google finally started getting some bad press again recently, but they dont mention the .gov "partnership'. Now the feds are even using google searches as evidence, but the newspapers forgot to mention the .gov connections. They will never mention even half of the things in relation to one another, that one would need to put it together. I've been reporting this for months and I've yet to find a person already talking about it on their own.
People don't stand up anymore, look at whats going on with Bush, the war, our consitution, etc, etc, etc. We are already slaves by definition, and most people are happy with that. People dont wont dissent thinking they will keep their happy little world, don't think about bad things and they dont exist. Meanwhile our country is going down the toilet, and technologies are in summing up into all fears. Mayeb most people already relize this, so they figure just live "happily ever after" until the shiite hits the fan. Hiding in your bubble is what allows it to happen, but soem things cant be stopped anyways so that behavior could almost be considered rational...lol