I don't know
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
Yes, Nazi Germany was a domestic surveillance state, and so have been all the communist states. But you know what? SO HAVE WE! Look up what J. Edgar Hoover did sometime.
I don't enjoy people being able to see what sites I've visited or what phone numbers I've called...but that's what governments do. We in the socialized democracies of the world are lucky in that our respective governments are much less likely to take overt action against those who are against the government...but every single government of any type will keep an eye on those who oppose it, foreign or domestic. To think that it will ever be otherwise is sheer naivete.
Snowden's problem is that he fled the country, potentially with additional corroborating data, potentially embarrassing to the administration, and that makes his actions far more suspect.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
To all -
Notice that my bio says I "lean progressive". I am quite progressive (as can be seen here)...but that doesn't mean that liberal/progressive/Democratic views are always right - that's why I'm a contrarian. Sometimes - if only rarely - the conservatives are right. When it comes to Snowden and Bradley Manning, the conservatives are right.