"Control" of Tor (and the clearnet for that matter) can mean a lot things.
Anyhow, my impression of the American public is general ignorance (PRISM collects every symbol and syllable, the Int Agencies have insidious persuasion programs, etc. Yet most think they're not being personally analyzed) and apathy ("why should I care if these people know what I fap to?" ...or know everything about everyone for that matter).
When the Patriot Act was passed, the Left had some outspoken critics but mostly moderates who went along. The right called everyone traitors for daring to think the government would abuse the power to abuse power.
Even today, it's a bitching match between 2 cults of (wretched) personality in a tornado of mindless bullshit made of momentary memes and cultural battles such as "who's the asshole over reacting to sexbots?"