Without surveillance on its own citizens how could nations neutralize internal terrorist threats or combat well-organized crime?
This is quite ironic when the current U.S. government (since the 1860s) has been and is the most organized crime syndicate on earth. Lincoln put an end to de jure
government in the united States when in March of 1861 the Congress adjourned sine die
(from the Latin "without day;" means "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing"), and has never since then re-adjourned under law. The U.S. has been run under Executive Emergency Rule ever since (something that is not in the Constitution and is therefore unlawful). What we have is a de facto
federal government which operates outside the Constitution. The U.S. federal government is run by a corporate elite, long since having been unaccountable to the People.
Those brave enough to look into the real
history of America (and not the propaganda taught in the Public schools) will easily be able to confirm this for themselves.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV