A person would have to be naive to the max not to know their own government routinely spies. It doesn't matter if you live in a democracy or not; government by its very nature tends to be intrusive. So, the newest revelation in Spygate is the least shocking of all. It turns out that many of the European nations expressing dismay over the NSA's wide reach are, in fact, doing the same thing AND secretly cooperating with the US and UK while doing it.
In the latest story from the Guardian, it was revealed yesterday that "German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency." This collegial cooperation goes a step further: All these agencies work together to help each other circumvent their own domestic laws on spying.
For example, if the laws of Nation A do not allow for a certain activity, their spy agency asks one of the others to collect the data and then share the results. In this way, their reps can go before legislators and say with a straight face, "No, we're not doing anything illegal. Our agency abides by the law."
For decades, many rabid conservatives have warned that the UN is trying to create a one world government. As it turns out, these "kooks" have been half right. There is a group that is trying to take control of the planet, but it's not the UN. No, it's the corporate elite. They are the ones who feel it necessary to keep tabs on the unwashed masses and it's not difficult to understand why. The elite represent a miniscule number of the world's population. If the rest of us got together, we could knock them off their perches lickety-split!