I sense this turning into a political thread. Might want to watch your posts guys.
Anywho back to the topic.
I doubt it's actually the government trying to spy on you. It's just that your data got sent to the nearest large server, which just so happened to be in Washington D.C. I could say the same thing when my friend did a trace route to an IP and the trace route showed it going to Los Angeles, does that mean the government is spying on me? Possibly. Or does it mean that that was were the server was forwarding the information to? Possibly.