Thank you guys for representing. Excellent responses from both Mike and Bruce.
Powerful, bold, incise statements.
"What can change this"
IMO, only desperate, heartfelt prayer can change the situation.
We do not really know how long these sorts of systems have been in use. There is a strong possibility there are underlying systems which were there pre-2011 and maybe even dating back to the Hoover era. Needless to say, this manner of system can control corporations and politicians.
No President informed on Hoover, no Senator did. They may have talked about it to themselves or written about it in memoirs which were published after Hoover died, but they did not stop the man.
Politicians and political movements are especially vulnerable in a surveillance society that has a democratic voting process.
Even if every politician did not have dirt (which may be as simple as their real opinion), every politician has rivals. And knowing all of their secrets can flatten them against their rivals.
The US is much more powerful then the UN, and the US has the capability to have strong influence in even the most powerful of their rivals.
These same rules apply to a surveillance state's capabilities for manipulating corporations -- foreign and domestic.
It may seem hard to imagine these systems are older then they appear, but consider that the talking points which would persuade one otherwise are people inside, in the know -- but just not that much in the know. Consider how easy it can be to have something already done and give an organizational appearance of doing it new.